You can help save our oceans

Currently, the US government is receiving public comments on whether or not to create the world’s largest Marine Protected Area in the Pacific Ocean.

Marine Protected Areas

Marine protected areas (MPAs), like any protected area, are regions in which human activity has been placed under some restrictions in the interest of protecting the natural environment, its surrounding waters and the occupant ecosystems, and any cultural or historical resources that may require preservation or management. MPAs play a crucial role in safeguarding the rich diversity of life in our oceans.

They provide a safe haven for fish, endangered species and their habitats. While MPAs are usually designed to enhance biodiversity, they can also complement fisheries management actions and enhance other economic activity such as tourism.

“The concept of protecting areas in the sea is relatively new to scientists and policy makers alike, and we are still learning how to best manage these areas to balance human use and maintain healthy ecosystems. Research from protected areas throughout the world, notably the Great Barrier Reef of Australia, has clearly demonstrated the value of protected areas to enhancing marine life as the protection that was put in place years ago is now resulting in thriving ecosystems.” – Marine Conservation Institute

A US marine reserve the size of Mexico

The US government is considering creating the world’s largest MPA in the Pacific Ocean, but President Obama is under enormous pressure from a powerful fishing lobby to water down the plan.

“Scientists say the best way to save our oceans is to protect large swaths from exploitation so that marine life can recover. Four years ago, we played a pivotal role persuading the UK government to create a massive marine sanctuary in the Indian Ocean, and the UK Foreign Ministry cited our campaign in its announcement.” – Avaaz

Supporting Avaaz

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How you can help

You can help save our oceans by joining with Avaaz and the thousands of voices around the world that are calling on President Obama to create the world’s largest Marine Protected Area.

https://secure.avaaz.org/en/ocean_of_hope_loc/?slideshow

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