- Tristan da Cunha declares almost 700,000 square kilometers of ocean as protected zone, largest in the Atlantic. Learn More.
Protecting the Ocean's Last Wild 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.
around the world
Over 6 million
square kilometers protected
Where We Work
Over the last twelve years, Pristine Seas has carried out expeditions in 31 places, 23 of which have since been protected, covering a total area of more than 6 million square kilometers — more than twice the size of India.
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.
The BBC highlights Enric Sala's new study in the scientific journal, Nature, which sets a framework for prioritizing areas of the ocean for protection to safeguard climate, food and biodiversity.
Pristine Seas has been selected as one of six finalists for MacArthur Foundation’s 100&Change, a global competition for a single $100 million grant.
2nd-lowest Arctic sea ice increases concerns about impact of climate change on Indigenous communities
ABC News discusses the latest Pristine Seas documentary film The Last Ice and the impact of climate change on Arctic communities.
Preserving our pristine seas will boost biodiversity, replenish fishing stocks, and store carbon.
Photograph by Manu San Felix
About Pristine Seas
National Geographic Explorer in Residence Enric Sala launched the Pristine Seas project in 2008 to explore and help inspire the protection of the last wild places in the ocean.
With Support From
ADDITIONAL SUPPORT FROM
The Brook Foundation, The Keith Campbell Foundation for the Environment, Jean and Steve Case, Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation, DAVIDOFF Cool Water, The Don Quixote Foundation, Roger and Rosemary Enrico, The Heinz Family Foundation, Helmsley Charitable Trust, Lindblad Expeditions–National Geographic Fund, Oracle, Philip Stephenson Foundation, Prince Albert II of Monaco Foundation, Vicki and Roger Sant, The Waitt Foundation, and other individual donors.