SEVENSEAS Marine Conservation & Travel Issue 17, October 2016 - Page 110

Hope Spot


Open to the Public!

itizens of the Blue Planet Have Spoken: 14 New Places in the Ocean, Vetted by IUCN and Mission Blue, Will Now Serve as

a Flashpoint to Ignite Global Support for Marine Protection

Over the past year, citizens and organizations across the planet have nominated marine environments especially deserving of protection – known as Hope Spots – for review by Mission Blue and the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN). After rigorous scientific vetting and policy analysis, Mission Blue and IUCN are proud to announce the names of 14 new Hope Spots, which came directly from a concerned global community calling out for more ocean protection. By allowing citizens to elect their own Hope Spots, Mission Blue and IUCN hope to meet the goal of igniting broad public support for a global network of marine protected areas large enough to protect and restore the ocean’s health.

The 14 new Hope Spots were evaluated and accepted by the joint Mission Blue/IUCN Hope Spots Council on the 7th of September and announced on Sept. 9th by the celebrated Dr. Sylvia Earle, founder of Mission Blue, and Carl Gustaf Lundin, IUCN’s Director of the Global Marine and Polar programme.