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Protecting the Ocean's Vital Places


Spending weeks at sea, diving thousands of hours, and seeking out some of the least explored and understood places in the ocean, National Geographic Explorer in Residence Enric Sala and a team of determined scientists and filmmakers work to inspire the creation of protected areas where marine life can thrive—while ensuring effective management for years to come.

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Our Impact

36

Expeditions completed
around the world

6.5M

Over 6.5 million
square kilometers protected

25

Marine reserves
created

 

 

 

 

Where We Work

Since 2008, Pristine Seas has carried out expeditions in 36 places, 25 of which have since been protected, covering a total area of more than 6.5 million square kilometers — more than twice the size of India.

Map by National Geographic Society Staff

Latest Stories

Our impact is often featured in the news. Here are some of the most recent stories about the work the Pristine Seas team is doing around the world. 

<p>Photograph by Beverly Joubert</p>

Photograph by Manu San Felix

About Pristine Seas

Since 2008, Pristine Seas has carried out expeditions in 36 places, 25 of which have since been protected, covering a total area of more than 6.5 million square kilometers — more than twice the size of India.

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With Support From 

FOUNDING SPONSOR

Blancpain

 

FUNDING PARTNERS

Beagle Foundation, Allison Bennington, Bezos Earth Fund, Bloomberg Philanthropies, Brook Foundation, The Campbell Foundation, Jean and Steve Case, Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation, DAVIDOFF Cool Water, Don Quixote Foundation, Dutch Postcode Lottery, Roger and Rosemary Enrico, Brandon Green, The Heinz Family Foundation, Helmsley Charitable Trust, Inclusive Capital Partners Foundation, LGT Venture Philanthropy, Lindblad Expeditions–National Geographic Fund, Oracle, David and Lucile Packard Foundation, Serventi Family Foundation, Philip Stephenson Foundation, Prince Albert II of Monaco Foundation, Vicki and Roger Sant, Waitt Foundation, and other individual donors.

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