Global Ocean Refuge System Partners

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Marine Conservation Institute is recruiting partners for the Global Ocean Refuge System. If you would like to have a role in deciding which marine protected areas become Global Ocean Refuges and would like to nominate globally significant sites worthy of this status, please join us. Partners assist in nominating and vetting Global Ocean Refuges as well as support communications that help recognize and promote these areas. More importantly, your involvement will help improve the quality of marine protected areas, eliminating “paper parks”, supporting marine biodiversity conservation and sustaining healthy ocean economies.

To maintain healthy oceans and recover marine wildlife we need to dramatically accelerate the creation of marine protected areas (MPAs) and ensure these protections equate to better biodiversity and conservation outcomes. GLORES is designed to help improve quality of MPAs and accelerate their implementation. Since announcing the Global Ocean Refuge System in 2013, we have been working with scientists, conservationists and others to bring GLORES to maturity. At the 4th International Marine Protected Area Congress in Chile on September 5th, 2017, we awarded our first Global Ocean Refuges: Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument, Malpelo Fauna and Flora Sanctuary, and Tubbataha Reefs Natural Park


How to Get Involved in the Global Ocean Refuge System Movement

GLORES will only be successful through collaboration. We celebrate, support and acknowledge the hard work and commitment of communities, agencies and governments for protecting oceans and achieving Global Ocean Refuge status. GLORES requires a diverse network to be successful, and we invite you to play a role in this effort. Here are a few of the ways that you can be involved:

  • Become a GLORES Endorser: As an individual or organization you can publicly endorse a vision for a system of strongly protected Global Ocean Refuges (i.e., add your name or logo to our web site).
  • Become a GLORES Partner: In addition to the above, partners help in the following ways:
    1. Nominate sites: Individuals and organizations can nominate sites for GLORES status.
    2. Review and comment on nominations: Individuals and organizations can provide public comments or share relevant information during the review process.
    3. Promote Global Ocean Refuges: Individuals and organizations can promote Global Ocean Refuges and the conservation efforts of local communities and managers through their communication channels.
    4. Join the GLORES network: Partners become a part of a global network of organizations that offer technical capacity and expertise to Global Ocean Refuges.
  • Become a GLORES Investor: Individuals, foundations, organizations and businesses can contribute financially to the GLORES initiative or support individual Global Ocean Refuges.
  • Become a GLORES Ambassador: Individuals or organizations that are ready to dive in and help spread the word about GLORES can share GLORES with local community groups, governments, marine protected area staff members and local businesses.
  • Find your own way to link your conservation efforts to GLORES.

If you share this vision, we want to work with you. Additionally, if you choose to become a GLORES partner you will be featured on the GLORES website ( and promoted on social media and in print materials. Partners will have access to our blog to share GLORES-related efforts. Your engagement now provides you a voice in helping to shape this critically important initiative. Contact us at: [email protected]. We look forward to collaborating with you.

GLORES Partners

Partners are critical to the success of the Global Ocean Refuge System. Marine Conservation Institute is actively working with marine scientists, organizations, corporations and the travel and tourism industry for endorsements, insights and donor support for the initiative. Below is a list of current GLORES partners.


The success of the Global Ocean Refuge System depends on the vision and leadership of foundations, individuals and corporations dedicated to launching this transformative new approach to ocean conservation. We extend our deepest thanks to the following donors for their early support of the Global Ocean Refuge System:

Marine Scientists

  • Dr. Octavio Aburto-Oropeza, Scripps Institution of Oceanography
  • Dr. Natalie Ban, University of Victoria
  • Dr. Emily Darling, University of North Carolina, Wildlife Conservation Society
  • Dr. Sylvia Earle, renowned ocean conservationist
  • Prof. Graham Edgar, Institute for Marine and Antarctic Studies, University of Tasmania
  • Dr. Pat Halpin, Duke University
  • Dr. John Hocevar, Greenpeace
  • Dr. Wallace J. Nichols, Research Associate, California Academy of Sciences
  • Prof. Callum Roberts, Environment Dept., University of York
  • Dr. Enric Sala, Explorer-in-Residence, National Geographic Society
  • Dr. George Shillinger, The Leatherback Trust and Stanford University
  • Dr. Anna Zivian, Ocean Conservancy



  • CDR Thomas Callahan, NOAA (Ret.)
  • Mike Sutton, President, California Fish and Game Commission
  • Ted Waitt, Waitt Foundation
  • Howard Wood, Chairman of Community of Arran Seabed Trust