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The Future of the Past in Palau

Enric Sala and team are back in the big blue on their latest expedition to explore and document the world’s most pristine seas. This time, the destination is the Micronesian island group of Palau.

The MPA Wave

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In 2004, Australia created the first large-scale marine protected area (MPA) in the world. Its Great Barrier Reef Marine Park had been a world heritage site since 1981, but ten years ago the government of Australia did the unthinkable – they banned all fishing, both recreational and commercial, from 33% of the park. In one…

Tourism Not Tuna

There is a new wave of conservation in the Pacific.   Fed up with overfishing and other non-sustainable practices like shark finning, small island nations are returning to more traditional ways.  They are beginning to scale back industrial fishing in their waters, to protect their fish stocks from illegal fishing, and to create sustainable tourism destinations…

A “Monumental” Boost for Endangered Species in the Pacific

President Obama recently pledged to expand the current boundaries of the Pacific Remote Islands Marine National Monument, already one of the largest nature preserves on the planet. Here are just a few of the amazing creatures that would find refuge there.

For Marine Reserves, Size Matters

President Obama recently pledged to expand the current boundaries of the Pacific Remote Islands Marine National Monument, already one of the largest nature preserves on the planet. So what’s the value in making it bigger?

USAID Comes in on Fresh Legs to Help Save Wildlife

Time is running out for wildlife. Now, like a World Cup footballer coming in for a late-game substitution, USAID enters the conservation game with new energy and some bold moves.

Missing Mozambique: The Final Dive

The Pristine Seas team bids farewell to the beautiful undersea vistas of Mozambique.

Beauty and the Seas

After weeks of rough weather, choppy waves, and poor visibility, expedition leader Paul Rose finally has a “perfect dive,” accompanied by an 11-foot bull shark and other great denizens of the deep.

Tracking the Lives of Nonstop Swimmers

How do you study an animal that never stops swimming? Find out how the Pristine Seas team is using technology to go along for the ride.

Africa’s Submerged Savannas

Scientist Kike Ballesteros beautifully describes the diversity of Africa’s “Submberged Savannas” in this post from the Pristine Seas expedition in Mozambique.

Sharks, Rays, and (Finally) a Break in the Weather

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The rough seas finally calm and the weather improves for the Pristine Seas team in Mozambique, and they move north into more tropical waters and the exciting marine life that dwell there.

Here Today, Dugong Tomorrow!

The Pristine Seas dive team battles rough seas in this update from the expedition team in Mozambique.

Diving Through Kelp With a Beautiful Giant

The Pristine Seas scientists explore a deep underwater kelp forest near Zavora Point in Mozambique, and are surprised by a giant-sized visitor during their surveys.

An Octopus Bite and a Visit From Mozambique’s Youngest Ocean Explorers

A group of young local underwater enthusiasts called the Nemos Pequenos inspire the Pristine Seas team with their interest and excitement, and an esteemed scientist is bitten by an octopus, in this update from Mozambique.

Bad Weather, Weird Parrot Fish Fact, and More

Bad weather puts the pressure on the team to get the day’s underwater surveys done, but there’s still time to relate a weird-but-true fact about where sand comes from.