Pristine Seas

As much as 54 percent of the high seas fishing industry would be unprofitable at its current scale without large government subsidies, according to a new study by researchers from the National Geographic Society; the University of California, Santa Barbara; Global Fishing Watch; the Sea Around Us project at the University of British Columbia; and the University of Western Australia.……

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National Geographic will release new Planet or Plastic? content, including exclusive cut of singer-songwriter Jack Johnson’s documentary on ocean plastic; Q&A with actor Adrian Grenier; and tips for families on how to reduce reliance on single-use plastic Planet or Plastic? activates in New Delhi, India, around the World Environment Day conference with an exhibition space and workshops National Geographic Encounter: Ocean Odyssey to unveil plastic……

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When I was growing up in Colombia I had the privilege of learning the art of how to be a diver. I became a skin diver amidst the coral reefs of San Andrés island, a scuba diver whilst exploring the crystal waters of Providencia Island, and I earned my advanced scuba license with one of…

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Al crecer en Colombia tuve el privilegio de aprender el arte de cómo bucear. Usé mi snorkel entre los corales de la isla de San Andrés, buceé explorando las aguas de la isla de Providencia, y me convertí en buzo avanzado con uno de mis amigos de la niñez en Barú, cerca de Cartagena. Pero…

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Shortly after sunrise on April 2nd we successfully navigated Mir back to her mooring in Banyuwedang Bay in northwestern Bali after over three months at sea — a three months that brought us clear across the Indonesian archipelago and back, covering over 2,500 nautical miles along the way, all in the name of adventure and…

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Sailing S/V Mir through remote Raja Ampat has been like traveling back in time to a wilder, less-peopled world.   I spend a lot of time imagining what this planet was like even just a few centuries ago, before people began altering Earth’s living systems on a global scale. Human beings have been leaving their…

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The crew of Mir weathered a big storm and made it safely to southern Raja Ampat, but unfortunately for the author of this blog, there was some trouble in paradise…   Arafura’s Fury If there’s one thing that’s certain about sea travel, it’s that conditions will change. Oftentimes, these changes are drastic and happen with…

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The crew of Mir had a safe passage from Bali to the Banda Islands — a vastly remote and little-known archipelago that was once world-renowned as the heart of the “Spice Islands.”   The Banda Islands Remote islands often give our planet some of its most unique and unusual flora and fauna due to their…

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  This winter (in the northern hemisphere), the Biosphere Foundation is undertaking a sea voyage on their 108-year-old ship through the gumdrop islands and turquoise waters of Raja Ampat — the most biologically-diverse marine ecosystem on the planet. A Homecoming I hadn’t seen her in over seven years, then there she was, resting peacefully on a…

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Almost a decade ago, National Geographic Explorer-in-Residence Enric Sala launched the Pristine Seas project to explore and help protect the last wild places in the ocean. Since its founding, the project has inspired the creation of 17 marine reserves around the world, resulting in more than 5.2 million square kilometers of the ocean protected. A few weeks ago, on Nov.……

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Alofe, Niue (Thursday, October 5, 2017)—The Government of Niue today announced the creation of a large-scale marine protected area (LSMPA) encompassing 40 percent of the country’s Exclusive Economic Zone. The LSMPA will include Niue, a remote island nation in the South Pacific, and nearby Beveridge Reef, an uninhabited, semi-submerged atoll within Niue’s waters that is home to the highest density……

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Malta—The Chilean government announced today at the Our Ocean conference the creation of two new fully protected marine reserves, one around the Juan Fernández Archipelago and another in the area of Cape Horn, covering more than 1 million square kilometers. Chile will now protect 29 percent of its marine surface area, an increase from 4.4 percent, with reserves where fishing……

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Today, at the Our Ocean conference in Malta, the Government of Niue announced the creation of a large-scale marine protected area (LSMPA) encompassing 40 percent of the country’s Exclusive Economic Zone. Also at Our Ocean, the Government of Chile announced the creation of two new fully protected marine reserves, one around the Juan Fernández Archipelago and another in the area……

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If you’re a talented young data scientist scouting the next frontier, where do you go? If you’re a biotech pioneer hunting for new ways to apply cutting-edge concepts, where do you look? If you’re a global powerhouse that doesn’t want to miss the next big market opportunity, what’s on your radar? Sustainable seafood. Seriously. That…

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Over the past five years, as I’ve built the Fish 2.0 business competition, I’ve seen an overwhelming number of creative ideas bubbling up—with highly qualified entrepreneurial teams behind them. Their innovations, combined with powerful social and environmental forces, are creating a new world both above and below the ocean’s surface. I believe that by 2027,…

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