Hope Spot eDeepSea-Submarine_cKipEvans_1516_smlxpeditions are short duration trips, typically 2 weeks or less, that require only a small team to execute.  They are designed to create awareness, foster partnerships, and build public support for the creation of marine protected areas, or “Hope Spots” across the globe.


Expedition Program Goals

  • Highlight areas that need attention, or need to be saved before it’s too late
  • Highlight areas that can serve as a beacon of hope
  • Increase knowledge of current and potential Hope Spots
  • Deliver a strong, strategic “Call to Action” that directly supports protection
  • Collaborate with global partners to bring change
  • Create multi-media materials for social media networks
  • Strengthen the Mission Blue brand
  • Raise funds for programs and partners


Where we’re going

      Gulf of California, Mexico

In 2009, Dr. Earle named the Gulf of California one of her top “Hope Spot” locations and vowed to help bring attention and support to the region.


Where we’ve been

Caribbean Reef Shark_MG_7039     Mesoamerican Reef – Swan Islands Expedition

The goal of the July 2011 expedition to the Swan Islands was to explore and document the nature of marine life in the surrounding waters and to support designation of the islands, as a marine protected                            area.


Holbox Sunrise_MG_1828   Holbox, Mexico

During July of 2009, the SEA team was on and around the island of Holbox as part of a research expedition to better understand the largest fish on earth.


Cuban Coral Reef_MG_9074    Cuba

The team’s second expedition took us to the coral reefs of Cuba. In the late fall of 2009, we explored what remains of a priceless ecological resource…


Black Margates_MG_5747    Belize - Mesoamerican Reef

Our 2010, 10-day trip to Belize highlighted research being conducted by scientists studying coral reefs, mangrove forest, and sea turtles.


Cabo Pulmo Schooling Jacks(c)KipEvans Gulf of California - Pangas Cruise

In 2010, Expeditions Director Kip Evans joined the Panagas program for a week long cruise through the Gulf of California.


Swimming Pig_(c)KipEvans_9444_sml    Bahamas

Consisting of over 3,000 islands, islets and cays, the nation of the Bahamas contains several priceless marine habitats, and has been designated by Dr. Earle as one of Mission Blue’s global Hope Spots.


Ridley_KipMG_(c)KipEvans1851_sml      Cocos Island

Surrounded by deep waters and strong currents, Cocos Island has long been admired by scuba divers for its wealth of marine life.


Sylvia at Aquarius Habitat_(c)KIpEvansMB_9956_sml   Aquarius Habitat

Aquarius is an underwater ocean laboratory located in the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary – the only one of it’s kind in the world.


Coiba_(c)KipEvans_6108_sml    Coiba

Identified by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site in 2005, Coiba National Park is located in the Gulf of Chiriquí, Coiba and is approximately 30 miles off Panama’s Pacific coast.