About Us

Protect Planet Ocean is an unprecedented global collaboration between some of the leading names in ocean conservation. These founding partners have come together to develop this web site as a way of bringing the best information on Marine Protected Areas to a global audience.
Over the coming years we intend to develop these pages to best serve the global community, both those specialists and those with a more general interest in our oceans and seas.
If you wish to help us in this task and become a contributory partner please contact us and let us know more about you and how you can help develop this site.


 Conservation International  MPA News  The National Marine Protected Areas Center  National Marine Sanctuary System
 Natural England  The Partnership for Interdisciplinary Studies of Coastal Oceans (PISCO)  The Nature Conservancy  WWF
   IUCN, the International Union for Conservation of Nature    

Conservation International (CI) believes that the Earth's natural heritage must be maintained if future generations are to thrive spiritually, culturally, and economically. Our mission is to conserve the Earth's living heritage – our global biodiversity – and to demonstrate that human societies are able to live harmoniously with nature. Founded in 1987, CI has nearly 1,000 employees working in 44 countries and with its international headquarters outside of Washington DC, USA. Today, CI and partners work in 50 marine protected areas covering over 74,000,000 ha and representing 31.6% of all marine protected area coverage in the world.

MPA News is the global information service on planning and management of marine protected areas. With a monthly digest of news, analysis, and advice gathered from experts worldwide, MPA News gives professionals the information they need to plan and manage MPAs effectively. Thousands of readers in more than 115 countries rely on it.

The National Marine Protected Areas Center is working with partners to build an effective, science-based, national system of MPAs that conserves U.S. marine ecosystems and their natural and cultural resources. The national system will support existing MPAs by creating networks for regional coordination and assistance. It will also facilitate regional processes to identify gaps in the protection of critical habitats and resources where MPAs could help protect vulnerable resources. The MPA Center provides science, technology, training and information to support the planning, management, and evaluation of the nation's system of MPAs. Key information resources include the Marine Protected Areas (MPA) Virtual Library, a comprehensive browseable and searchable database of MPA literature citations, and the MPA Inventory, an GIS database of MPAs in U.S. waters. The MPA Center is located within the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).

The 13 national marine sanctuaries and one marine national monument within the National Marine Sanctuary System represent areas of America’s ocean and Great Lakes environment that are of special national significance. Within their waters, giant humpback whales breed and calve their young, coral colonies flourish, and shipwrecks tell stories of our maritime history. Habitats include beautiful coral reefs, lush kelp forests, whale migrations corridors, spectacular deep-sea canyons, and underwater archaeological sites. These special places also provide homes to thousands of unique or endangered species and are important to America’s cultural heritage. Sites range in size from less than one to almost 140,000 square miles and serve as natural classrooms, cherished recreational spots and are home to valuable commercial industries. The sanctuary system represents many things to many people and each place is unique and in need of special protections

Natural England works for people, places and nature to conserve and enhance biodiversity, landscapes and wildlife in rural, urban, coastal and marine areas. We conserve and enhance the natural environment for its intrinsic value, the wellbeing and enjoyment of people, and the economic prosperity it brings. We increase opportunities to make the natural environment an enriching part of people’s everyday lives, and improve its long term security by contributing to the sustainable management of our natural resources.

The Partnership for Interdisciplinary Studies of Coastal Oceans (PISCO) is a research and monitoring program focused on the nearshore ecosystems of the U.S. West Coast. An interdisciplinary collaboration of scientists from four universities, PISCO integrates long-term monitoring of ecological and oceanographic processes at dozens of coastal sites with experimental work in the lab and field. We explore how individual organisms, populations, and ecological communities vary over space and time. PISCO information provides a scientific basis for the effective design, monitoring and evaluation of marine reserves and ecosystem-based management. Through its publications and website, PISCO shares its information with the public, managers and policy makers, e.g., via The Science of Marine Reserves booklet (available online).

The Nature Conservancy is turning the tide of coastal degradation and shaping a future of healthy oceans. With the leadership of our Global Marine Team, we work with partners around the world to find lasting solutions that benefit marine life, local communities and coast economies by: Building resilience into protected areas, applying market-based strategies, protecting and restoring oceans and coasts, setting priorities with science, and developing new tools to manage threats.

For more than 45 years, WWF has been protecting the future of nature. The largest multinational conservation organization in the world, WWF works in 100 countries and is supported by 1.2 million members in the United States and close to 5 million globally. WWF's unique way of working combines global reach with a foundation in science, involves action at every level from local to global, and ensures the delivery of innovative solutions that meet the needs of both people and nature.

IUCN, the International Union for Conservation of Nature, helps the world find pragmatic solutions to our most pressing environment and development challenges. IUCN supports scientific research; manages field projects all over the world; and brings governments, non-government organizations, United Nations agencies, companies and local communities together to develop and implement policy, laws and best practice. IUCN is the world’s oldest and largest global environmental network. IUCN is a democratic membership union with more than 1,000 government and NGO member organizations, and some 10,000 volunteer scientists in more than 160 countries. IUCN’s work is supported by 1,100 professional staff in 62 offices and hundreds of partners in public, NGO and private sectors around the world. IUCN’s headquarters are located in Gland, near Geneva, in Switzerland.

The World Commission on Protected Areas (WCPA) is the world's premier network of protected area expertise. It is administered by IUCN's Programme on Protected Areas and has over 1,400 members, spanning 140 countries. WCPA works by helping governments and others plan protected areas and integrate them into all sectors; by providing strategic advice to policy makers; by strengthening capacity and investment in protected areas; and by convening the diverse constituency of protected area stakeholders to address challenging issues. For more than 50 years, IUCN and WCPA have been at the forefront of global action on protected areas.

Technology Partners


 Google Google's mission is to organize the world's information and make it universally accessible and useful. Protect Planet Ocean depends on many Google technologies, including Google Earth, Google App Engine, Google Search, Blogger, Google Apps, and Google Web Toolkit.
 Solertium Solertium provides software development, technology integration, hosting, and content management services for Protect Planet Ocean.

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