Hope Spot expeditions 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
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
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.
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.
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…
Our 2010, 10-day trip to Belize highlighted research being conducted by scientists studying coral reefs, mangrove forest, and sea turtles.
In 2010, Expeditions Director Kip Evans joined the Panagas program for a week long cruise through the Gulf of California.
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.
Surrounded by deep waters and strong currents, Cocos Island has long been admired by scuba divers for its wealth of marine life.
Aquarius is an underwater ocean laboratory located in the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary – the only one of it’s kind in the world.
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.