Blue Beacon Series: Big Ocean Protection

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Our ocean contains a diversity of life. Large marine protected areas (MPA) are an essential tool to conserve marine ecosystems at-scale. In 2000, the establishment of Northwestern Hawaiian Islands Coral Reserve (now Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument and World Heritage Site) launched a movement to establish large-scale MPAs to strengthen the management of our global ocean. Today, there are 32 designated large-scale marine protected areas in 16 nations or territories. These MPAs cover a total of 4.6 percent of the ocean. Notably, many of these MPAs also protect significant cultural resources and engage local communities and Indigenous people in co-management.

Join us on July 15th as we celebrate Papahānaumokuākea’s anniversary with an exciting conversation about marine protection and collaborative conservation!
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