How Each Marine Sanctuary Benefits the Earth
Nature Conservation

How Each Marine Sanctuary Benefits the Earth

Marine conservation is the act of protecting the underwater wildlife and plantlife in order to help preserve the environment. A popular way to keep these underwater ecosystems safe is through the use of a marine sanctuary that focuses on ocean protection. That being said, not every marine sanctuary handles ocean protection in the same way. It might seem counterintuitive to visit a destination that has protection plans in place, but these are there to help you appreciate the planet’s inhabitants without causing damage. Snorkeling and diving – as long as you don’t touch anything – can also raise awareness to the cause.

There are some well-known reserves around the world that have made names for themselves in the eyes of eco-friendliness. They all focus on marine conservation in their own way, while working towards one collective goal. Take a look at some below:

Palau National Marine Sanctuary, Palau

This marine sanctuary in Palau has been working on ocean protection since 1956 and even created a law (Palau National Marine Sanctuary Act) to prevent any activities that include removing sealife from the area (such as fishing). They protect 80% of their nations ocean territory and are known for having the world’s first shark sanctuary.

Cabo Pulmo, Mexico

Since 1995, the Cabo Pulmo National Marine Park has had a strong focus on ocean protection across 7,000 hectares of bay where fishing is completely banned. This has caused over a 400% increase in sea life now calling this marine sanctuary home. It’s one of the most successful results in marine conservation worldwide.

Galapagos Marine Reserve – Galapagos Islands (Ecuador)

The Galapagos Marine Reserve, created in 1998, is one of the most diverse in the world when it comes to unique wildlife. Marine conservation is taken very seriously and in the ocean protection area many vulnerable species are safe surrounding the Galapagos Islands. They limit visits to one boat at a time with no more than 16 passengers which prevents over tourism.

Apo Island Marine Sanctuary – The Philippines

Founded in 1982 originally as a community-based project, this marine sanctuary is now home to 400 types of coral and over 600 species of fish. Their efforts have made a name for themselves in the protection and conservation of marine life and is a loved destination visited by nature-lovers. Some of their best-loved residents are the Hawksbill Turtles that feed on the seagrass in the local area. 

This list barely scratches the surface of the various reserves worldwide, each doing their part for marine conservation. Ocean protection is such a huge part of the overall preservation of our Earth’s environment and that’s why it’s important to be aware of what destinations are worth supporting in order to help the greater good. Sealife deserves the chance to flourish and each marine sanctuary allows that to happen. Consider taking your next trip to a place that supports ocean sustainability. You’ll likely have a better snorkeling or diving experience in these places due to the number of species that call them home, and you’ll be helping to protect the inhabitants greatly.

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