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This act was only possible because of Niue’s extraordinary community. For years, the Niuean community worked together on the Niue Ocean Wide (NOW) project— led by a unique public-private partnership between the Government of Niue and a local non-profit Tofia Niue—to better understand their local environment and plan for a sustainable future. To aid in their efforts, the Niuean community enlisted support from National Geographic’s Pristine Seas program and the philanthropic organization Oceans Five. Now that Niue exceeds its commitments to the U.N.’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDG’s) and Convention on Biodiversity (CBD) targets, they are calling on other nations in the region to follow suit. We will need more leaders like them to achieve 30% of the ocean protected by 2030!
Image: Manu San Felix, National Geographic Society Pristine Seas
By Ashira Morris, ODP Staff Writer Last summer, Florida created its first aquatic preserve in over 30 years. The Nature Coast Aquatic Preserve protects about 400,000 acres of seagrass just north of Tampa on Florida’s Gulf coast. These are part of the Gulf of Mexico’s largest seagrass bed and borders other existing preserves, creating a […]
A new study has found that whale songs can be a powerful tool for mapping the ocean floor. Seismic testing done by humans can harm whales and other marine life, but by using whale songs instead, scientists believe the practice can be adapted to be much less harmful to marine populations.
Why This Matters: For years, the fossil fuel industry has hauled “seismic guns” behind large boats, blasting loud, harmful bursts of sound that disturb sea life and impair the sonar of animals like whales and dolphins.
Much as our national parks on land are some of our greatest natural treasures, marine national monuments safeguard precious ecosystems and protect them now and for future generations. The National Marine Sanctuary System encompasses more than 600,000 square miles of marine and Great Lakes waters, and contains amazing cultural and historical resources, as well as […]
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