Options for Action
Key actions you can take to help establish protected areas.
Partner with Project Seahorse
We are using iconic seahorses to convince countries to establish and strengthen new MPAs that will be broadly beneficial. With more resources, we can support countries in establishing MPAs that exclude trawling from large areas and help meet their obligations to CITES.
Drive societal change
Project Seahorse is actively engaged in many of these issues (marked *), and would be delighted to discuss how your contributions could help us effect change.
Nations are steadily committing to safeguarding 30% of the ocean by 2030, which is a matter of IUCN policy. Such protected areas must be justly implemented, provide good ecological coverage and exclude damaging practices, particularly bottom trawling.
It seems self-evident that, if laws and regulations are decided, they must also be respected. Failure to implement makes a mockery of the legislation or restriction, and undermines the agency that created it. Ideally people comply with laws but enforcement is usually also necessary.
Agreements among nations offer vital opportunities to advance conservation for our global ocean. We urge action on national commitments including on United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, environmental Conventions (e.g. CITES, Convention on Biological Diversity) and regional fisheries accords. IUCN Resolutions and Recommendations are often pioneering and need full engagement from all 1450 member organizations.
Take individual steps
Ask all elected officials and all candidates for office (coastal and inland) about their ocean platform and policy. If they don’t have one, then asking will provoke them to think about it. If they do have one, consider voting for them!
Communicate with elected officials on issues that matter to you. Contact government agencies and resource management bodies about issues that concern you. Request action, monitor their responses and hold them accountable. Praise and publicise effective engagement.
Build an army of ocean warriors by exciting and engaging people with the marvels of marine life and the magic of marine communities. Learn and share in as many ways as possible.
As journalists, influencers, journal editors, teachers… ask yourself if you are treating marine conservation fairly. Remember that the ocean provides 99% of the living space on Earth.
How much time are you allocating to marine news and issues?
As well…. please donate to Project Seahorse if you can. We already punch way above our weight and have wonderful ideas of what to do next, with great partners. We just need a few more people to help move things along, and project funds to get things done. We hugely value funding and other resources, including donations in kind. Donations result in tax receipts.
[Updated 10 June 2021]
[Updated 15 May 2023]