The Global Ocean Refuge System

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Oceans are essential to human survival and prosperity and yet human activities are pushing many critical marine species toward extinction. The best way to maintain the oceans’ diversity, abundance and resilience is to protect marine life in their ecosystems.

The Global Ocean Refuge System (GLORES, pronounced "glories") is an initiative by Marine Conservation Institute designed to catalyze strong protection for 30% of the ecosystems in each marine biogeographic region of the world’s oceans by 2030. It is a strategic, science-based way to safeguard marine ecosystems and will enable humans to recover marine life for us and future generations.

In 2017, we announced our first Global Ocean Refuges: Papahānaumokuākea Marine National MonumentMalpelo Fauna and Flora Sanctuary, and Tubbataha Reefs Natural Park. Each is an exemplary marine protected area that safeguards rich and irreplaceable marine ecosystems.

Currently only about 3% of the ocean is protected, and just over 1.5% is strongly protected in “no-take” reserves where humans are not allowed to extract fish, oil or other resources. Marine scientists recommend strong protection for 30% of our oceans to save marine life from extinction. Please become involved with GLORES today and be a part of the growing team working to catalyze strong protection for marine life!

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