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Advancing the 30x30 Vision in the Central and Western Pacific

Looking up from the ocean floor there is a school of sharks surrounded by other small fish.
Photo credit: Enric Sala / National Geographic Society’s Pristine Seas

The Pacific Ocean contains the highest marine biodiversity on the planet, most of which is unprotected from extractive activities. Overexploitation and global warming threaten this biome and the benefits it provides to humanity, especially the island nations that depend on a healthy ocean for their survival and livelihoods. With this grant, the Pristine Seas team will explore, document, and conduct research over the next five years to help establish 15 new marine protected areas in the central and western Pacific Ocean.

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