Protecting the Yosemites of the Sea
Just like national parks on land, there are special places in the ocean that deserve permanent protection.
Our oceans are threatened by pollution, overfishing, rapidly increasing ship traffic, ocean acidification and climate change.
Coastal and underwater parks help address these threats. They allow depleted fish to recover. They give marine mammals a respite from harmful ocean noise. They protect coral reefs from drilling and pollution.
These protected sanctuaries provide adventure, relaxation, and recreation for us to enjoy.
- When anxious, uneasy and bad thoughts come, I go to the sea, and the sea drowns them out with great wide sounds.Rainer Maria Rilke, German Poet
- Living wild species are like a library of books still unread. Our heedless destruction of them is akin to burning that library without ever having read its books.John Dingell, U.S. Politician
- Bering Sea
- Aleutian Islands
- St. George
- What's in a Name?
Protecting High-Value Marine Ecosystems
Overfishing is pushing more marine life closer to extinction. Most at risk: the ocean’s largest creatures like whales, seals and southern bluefin tuna.
The effects of their rapid decline are already cascading through the oceans, upsetting delicately balanced food chains and damaging coral reefs.
As the global population grows, the pressure to fish will only increase. As will ship traffic transporting goods in an increasingly globalized world.
We are part of a larger global effort to protect high-value marine areas to save species from extinction, boost global resilience to climate change and support neighboring fisheries.
To be successful, we believe that indigenous and coastal communities must have a voice in identifying solutions that safeguard local food supplies, cultural traditions and sustainable livelihoods.
We advocate protective designations of high-value marine areas to minimize or eliminate commercial ship traffic, oil and gas development, deep-sea mining, oil drilling and damaging fishing practices.
We push for routing measures that keep ships away from sensitive habitat and wildlife concentrations.
And we promote safety rules that prevent catastrophic oil spills and accidental collisions with wildlife. They also minimize noise harassment that disrupts wildlife breeding, feeding and migratory patterns.