Program Highlights

  • Marine Protected Areas

    The Nature Conservancy has been working in The Bahamas for more than 10 years with the government and a variety of partners to protect its natural resources for its people to use today and into the future. The Bahamas is now embarking on an ambitious project to build political support and garner long-term financing for protected areas across the Caribbean – The Caribbean Challenge. The Bahamas’ government, alongside leaders from Jamaica, Grenada, the Dominican Republic, and St. Vincent and the Grenadines launched the Caribbean Challenge, a region-wide campaign to protect the health of the Caribbean’s lands and waters. Additionally, a Waitt Foundation sponsored scientific marine expedition to Cuba’s Jardines de la Reina recently took place where TNC was a lead partner along with the Environmental Defense Fund. Read more here…

  • Ocean Awareness & Issues

    The Seafood Traceability Project seeks to strengthen the traceability and transparency of global fisheries regimes to combat illegal, unregulated and unreported (IUU) fishing and to provide new accountability in dominant import markets, including the United States and European Union. Oceans 5 is supporting the dedicated work of four nonprofit organizations to achieve these objectives including World Wildlife Fund, Greenpeace, Oceana, and the Marine Fish Conservation Network. IUU fishing is estimated to average 18% of the global catch. With few exceptions, seafood products are not easily traceable from the point of final sale back to their point of harvest and production. Combating IUU fishing is a high and growing priority of governments, the fishing industry, and conservationists - existing seafood traceability policies, standards and mechanisms are inadequate. Read more here…

  • Marine Science

    Environmental Defense Fund’s work to protect important shared marine resources in the U.S. Southeast, the Gulf of Mexico and Caribbean depends upon close working partnerships with world-class Cuban environmental scientists. A biodiversity hotspot, Cuba has regionally important marine and coastal ecosystems. With connectivity to the United States, the window of opportunity is now to share our resources and to work together towards solutions. Over the past 12 years, EDF has built strong relationships with Cuban environmental institutions and Cuban environmental scientists, who are among the best educated and most experienced in the region. Cuban scientists’ rigorous research has informed important environmental policy initiatives, including the Cuban government’s decision to include 25% of the insular shelf in marine protected areas (MPAs). Read more here…

  • Sustainable Fishing

    Rare is an international conservation organization with a replicable model for community-led conservation. Rare’s mission is to conserve imperiled species and ecosystems around the world by inspiring people to care about and protect nature. Since the 1980s, Rare has specialized in training local conservation leaders to use outreach and advertising tactics to build awareness and support for conservation. Rare works at the community level to address human behaviors that threaten biodiversity. Rare has launched a cohort of Pride campaigns in the Gulf of California, the Galapagos, and the Mesoamerican Reef to accelerate the support and establishment of community-monitored Fisheries Replenishment Zones (FRZs). FRZs are scientifically selected areas where all fishing is suspended, either inside or outside of formally designated Marine Protected Areas. Read more here…