Marine Protected Areas
The health of the world’s oceans is breaking down as a consequence of global warming, overfishing, and petroleum drilling. In order to prevent further harm, governments across the globe have designated Marine Protected Areas. MPAs are defined as marine and coastal areas in which uses and activities are limited and regulated in order to protect fauna, flora, and ecosystems, and for sustainable development of economic activities such as responsible fishing and ecotourism. The outcomes of MPAs can be extraordinary; some have seen a rapid doubling in marine population, helping fisheries outside their boundaries remain sustainable. Supporting conservation efforts and advocating for the expansion of MPAs can significantly help restore the health of our oceans and protect communities that depend on them.