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Marine Protection

Only 3.5% of our oceans are officially protected

Background: 

Thriving oceans provide jobs, improve national economies and feed the world. As fish stocks continue to decline—approximately 90% of fisheries are overfished or depleted—sustainably managed fisheries and marine protected areas provide hope for protecting biodiversity, habitat and livelihoods.  

WildAid develops scalable marine management strategies, prevents illegal fishing and ensures sustainable marine management in some of the world’s most biodiverse regions through a comprehensive marine protection model. We protect critical habitat, fisheries and migratory species such as sharks, sea turtles and mantas.

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What is WildAid doing?: 

Marine strategyWildAid is working one country at a time using model that is both unique and effective. Our comprehensive marine strategy improves MPA and fisheries management and enforcement. We developed plans for 10 different countries throughout the world, including Nicaragua, Belize, and other artisanal fisheries, as well as longer-term projects discussed in WildAid’s Marine Initiatives section.The hallmark feature of our strategy lies in a holistic, integrated approach consisting of our five-piece marine protection model. 

  • Surveillance & Interdiction: We custom design enforcement systems using high and low-tech alternatives based on identified threats, human resources and budgetary constraints. 

  • Systematic Training: We tailor training programs to local needs and train Park Wardens and communities alike in best practices in patrolling, vessel boarding and safety-at-sea.

  • Prosecution & Sanction: We work with lawyers and governments to ensure that sanctions are carried out effectively and that penalties act as real deterrents, rather than just a cost of doing business. 

  • Education & Outreach: We design local awareness campaigns to foster understanding and community buy-in.

  • Sustainable Finance: We reduce operating costs using new technologies and/or through inter-agency collaboration. We explore sustainable revenue sources to fund enforcement operations.

How can you help?: 

First and foremost, make sure you, your family, and friends follow the rules and regulations for the marine environments you visit, clean up after yourself, and do not disturb marine wildlife.

  • Contact environmental authorities if you spot illegal activities in marine reserves.

  • Stay away from products made from marine species, such as coral, turtle shells, and shark fins.

  • Always opt for environmental and sustainable alternatives and substitutes (like reusable water bottles, bags and straws).

  • Contact your elected officials asking them what steps they are taking to protect our oceans and marine wildlife.

  • Opt for ocean-friendly seafood that comes from sustainable sources. Seafood Watch provides a great app for finding local sustainable seafood.

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