In partnership with the Waitt Foundation, Marine Conservation Institute (MCI) has been tracking global progress towards protecting oceans using data curated on its website MPAtlas. Presently, only 2.1% of the global ocean is under marine protected area management and an even smaller percentage have the strongest level of protection, no-take marine reserves (0.83%). To help inform progress, earlier this year Marine Conservation Institute added a new tool, “Campaign Tracker” that helps people explore the progress of global marine protected area campaigns and initiatives. It shows where governments and conservation groups are working to designate new marine protections around the world.
In 2012, scientists from around the world sent messages of concern to the Rio+20 Sustainable Development Summit in support of action to protect the high seas. Watch this High Seas Alliance compilation film of these messages which outline why the high seas need vital protection and what needs to change.