14 Ocean Conservation Wins of 2014

Map of expanded Pacific Remote Islands Monument (From news.nationalgeographic.com)

Chances are you’ve come across some ocean news lately. And it may even have been positive! Yes, the ocean is still in serious trouble due to overfishing, pollution, climate change, and habitat destruction, but there are more and more success stories to point to, and point I shall.

#1. Big year for big marine reserves. Kiribati, Palau, and the Cook Islands all closed over 50% of their waters to commercial fishing, and the U.S. quintupled the size of the Pacific Remote Island National Monument. This is not happening because conservation gives political leaders warm fuzzy feelings, and not just because it makes good economic sense for fisheries, but because it’s good PR for tourism and for nations’ international reputations.

Map of expanded Pacific Remote Islands Monument (via news.nationalgeographic.com)

#2. World leaders gathered to focus on ocean issues. The U.S. Department of State’s Our Ocean conference felt like a turning point in ocean policy. The focus was on success stories, solutions, and government commitments to conservation (see #1, above). Leonardo DiCaprio gave an impassioned keynote speech that became a cover story (“Obama, Leonardo DiCaprio Vow Efforts to Protect the —> Read More Here


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