Earth’s oceans are the womb of all life on Earth. Healthy oceans are rich in beauty, wildlife, and indispensable ecological services. But lack of governance and a corresponding wild west mentality are rapidly degrading the vast waters upon which all life depend.
It’s easy to regard oceans as a set of biologically necessary life-support processes. The ocean produces 50% of all oxygen on Earth, everyday it feeds over a billion people, and it is the largest carbon. But the ocean is more than an engine for life; it is the source of life. And just as we do not regard a mother in terms of her instrumentality, so too is the ocean an entity in possession of innate value and worthy of deep and enduring respect.
Ecologically intact & protected landscapes comprise 50% or more of this country.
Intact landscapes lacking protected status comprise 50% or more of this country.
Between 20-40% of landscapes are still ecologically intact.
Less than 20% of the natural ecology of this area is intact.
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This no-take area, more than twice the size of Texas, preserves important marine life that is of ecological and cultural significance.
One of the most unique marine ecosystems in the world, this area is home to a dazzling array of sharks, turtles, and corals.
Beneath the crystal waters of this protected area are over 200 types of corals, 1,000 fish species, and dozens of molluscs, urchins, and turtles.