Pristine Seas

Pristine Seas

Our oceans are threatened by pollution, overfishing, and climate change. Even though the ocean covers approximately 70 percent of our planet, less than eight percent is protected. The mission of the Pristine Seas project, launched in 2008 by National Geographic Explorer-in-Residence Enric Sala, is to explore and protect the ocean’s last wild places. Since the project began, it has conducted 30 scientific expeditions and worked with world leaders to inspire the creation of 22 marine reserves that protect more than five million square kilometers (1,930,510 square miles).


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Conservation, Earth Science, Oceanography