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Ocean Innovations

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    New Models for Conservation

    National Geographic's Ocean Initiative is helping identify and support individuals and organizations that are using creative and entrepreneurial approaches to marine conservation.

More About the Ocean

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    Find Healthy and Sustainable Seafood

    Are you eating the right seafood? The Seafood Decision Guide will help you determine the impact of your seafood choices on your health and the health of the ocean.

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    Protecting the Ocean

    The oceans are facing threats from many sides. Learn about the issues—pollution, overfishing, and global warming chief among them—and the possible solutions.

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    Video: NG Live! Pitcairn Islands

    National Geographic Explorer-in-Residence Enric Sala dives deep into the waters of one of the most pristine places on Earth—the Pitcairn Islands—only to discover its delicate ecosystem is not as unspoiled as it may seem.

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    Enric Sala, Marine Ecologist

    Witnessing the harm people do to the oceans led Enric Sala to dedicate his career to mitigating human impact on marine life.

Why We Need Marine Reserves



Ninety percent of the large predators in the ocean are gone and their populations have collapsed. The reason for this is that we have taken too many fish out of the sea, and we keep taking more before the remaining populations are able to reproduce.


Watch this video where Mel, the “very weird” fish, will show you how marine reserves can help fish populations recover, and why we need many more.


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