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Mission Blue Education Resources

Inspire Students to Care About the Ocean

Courtesy of Bryce Groark and Hope Spots Company Inc. 


More than four years in the making, MISSION BLUE is legendary oceanographer Dr. Sylvia Earle’s eye-opening wake-up call to save the ocean. Directed by Fisher Stevens (“The Cove”) and Robert Nixon (“Gorillas in the Mist”), the film follows Dr. Earle on her global quest to protect the ocean -- and the extraordinary marine life that call it home -- from the powerful forces of pollution, overfishing and climate change. The film also sheds light on Sylvia’s remarkable personal story and professional journey, from her earliest memories exploring the ocean as a young girl to her days leading daring undersea missions, offering insight on the sacrifices, difficulties and tough choices she faced along the way.

As a witness to oceanic and marine life change over the past 60 years, Sylvia is a steadfast warrior, leading the charge to restore the ocean to health before it’s too late. And MISSION BLUE is her warning call.

As Sylvia says: “No ocean; no life. No ocean; no us.”

Watch Now!

View the Official Trailer

Watch the official trailer for MISSION BLUE, a Netflix original documentary.

Her Deepnesss

Oceanographer: Sylvia Earle

Learn more about Sylvia Earle.

My Wish to Protect Our Oceans

Watch Sylvia Earle's TED Talk.

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The Importance of Marine Protected Areas (MPAs)

A marine protected area (MPA) is a section of the ocean where a government has placed limits on human activity. Many MPAs allow people to use the area in ways that do not damage the environment.

no-take zone

A no-take zone is an area set aside by a government where no extractive activity is allowed. Extractive activity is any action that extracts, or removes, any resource.

marine debris

Marine debris is litter that ends up in oceans, seas, and other large bodies of water.

Teach This!

One Ocean Literacy Guide

This guide prepares upper elementary and middle school teachers to teach ocean content.

Student Videos

North America's Marine Protected Areas

How marine protected areas help sustain communities and protect ocean life

How to Care for the Ocean

Watch this video with your family and friends to learn small steps that have a big impact on the well-being of our oceans.

What is a Marine Reserve?

Learn alongside Mel the fish!