A Bold Vision to Protect our Oceans Permanently

Sylvia Earle, Oceanographer, National Geographic Explorer In-Residence, and Mission Blue Founder speaks during a Hope Spot reception at the Seattle Aquarium. Mission Blue, Seattle Aquarium and Greenpeace hosted a reception in honor of the Bering Sea canyons, Hope Spots critical to the future of the planet. © Marcus Donner / Greenpeace

By Sylvia Earle, Lance Morgan, and Jackie Dragon

The oceans need our help. Human impacts – overfishing, pollution, invasive species, habitat destruction, acidification and climate change – have put our ocean species on the cusp of mass extinctions today. Scientists predict the collapse of major fisheries across the world within the next decades. We need to realize that fish are more than just food. Fish are wildlife, as well as critical components of complex marine ecosystems and food webs that must be maintained. We urgently need a network of marine protected areas (MPAs) to help sustain the oceans that in turn sustain all of us.

The calls for marine protected areas around the world are not new. Greenpeace, Marine Conservation Institute, and Mission Blue have called for networks of marine protected areas for years. After ten years of talks and tireless campaigning by many people around the world, United Nations governments recently reached a breakthrough agreement to move toward protecting marine life on the high seas – a place where illegal, unreported, and unregulated fishing is rampant. The UN has now formally recognized that ocean governance is about protection, not only about “managing the exploitation” of ocean resources. This —> Read More Here


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