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Pristine Seas

Helped create 21 of the largest national parks in the ocean, totaling over 5 million square kilometers to date.


National Geographic Explorer-in-Residence Enric Sala launched the Pristine Seas project in 2008 to explore and help save the last wild places in the ocean. Combining science, media, and economics for expeditions to some of the last unexplored areas of our oceans, Pristine Seas inspires governments and communities to create protected areas where thriving marine ecosystems support sustainable livelihood models including ecotourism and responsible fishing practices.

The ocean has an extraordinary capacity to regenerate, if we give it some space. And everyone – fishermen, tourists, scientists – ends up benefitting from it.

Dr. Enric Sala,
Explorer-in-Residence, National Geographic Society

Dynamic Planet has worked in partnership with Pristine Seas since its inception. From project development through in-the-field implementation with community facilitation, strategic planning and leadership engagement, our combined work has inspired the establishment of some of the largest marine reserves in the world. Dynamic Planet has helped develop sustainable tourism and sustainable fisheries models to boost local marine economies.

For more on Pristine Seas: nationalgeographic.org/projects/pristine-seas/