Monthly Archives: January 2022

Dr. Sylvia Earle Celebrates Expanded Marine Protected Area in the Galápagos Islands Hope Spot

By Avrah Sellar, Mission Blue

Today, January 14th, 2022, the President of Ecuador, Guillermo Lasso, signed an official decree enhancing the marine protected area (MPA) around the Galápagos Archipelago in the Eastern Tropical Pacific Ocean. The decree will expand protections by 60,000 square kilometers (23,166 square miles); half of which will be fully protected where no extractive activities are allowed. The new protected area known as La Hermandad, “the sisterhood,” will extend to the maritime border of Costa Rica offering an opportunity for multi-national cooperation to manage marine life like sharks, sea turtles and whales which migrate across countries waters.
 
 
Present at the ceremony was Dr. Sylvia Earle and Max Bello, Global Ocean Policy Advisor for Mission Blue, who attended at the invitation of the President.…

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Champions Celebrate Successful Clean-Up Campaign at the Cagarras Islands and Surrounding Waters Hope Spot

By Aline Aguiar, Hope Spot Champion
In a recent beach clean-up campaign in Brazil from November 15th – December 12th, 2021, more than 1,000 participants collected 110lbs (50kg) of trash and brought 529lbs (240kg) of glass and electronic waste to reuse and recycle. 

The Cagarras Islands and Surrounding Waters Hope Spot encompasses a special insular ecosystem on the Brazilian metropolitan waters: the Cagarras Islands Natural Monument. This extraordinary place is a relevant haven for biodiversity, harboring hundreds of species, including rare, endemic, threatened, and even new species that science has not yet described. The marine protected area (MPA) preserves one of the largest nesting grounds of the South Atlantic for frigate birds and brown boobies. One can also spot sea turtles, dolphins, and whales on the surrounding waters.…

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