Mission Blue Hope Spots
Sylvia Earle believes we should protect the oceans the same way we protect land. Her "Hope Spots"-areas large enough to save and restore the oceans-are a strong push towards eventually protecting 50% of the blue heart of the planet.
Decline of Coral Reefs
The previous five mass extinctions can be directly tied to ocean acidification. Now, as reefs absorb high levels of CO2 and continue to decline in record numbers, a sixth mass extinction driven by humans-the Anthropocene Extinction-becomes more likely.
Fishing in the Ross Sea
After depleting most of the viable fisheries and 90% of the world's big fish, the commercial fishing industry moved south to the last pristine ocean ecosystem on earth. While now protected as a marine park, the Ross Sea exhibits the need to save these precious areas.
Sharks in Trouble
In the once pristine Gulf of California, Sylvia Earle visits the Cabo Pulmo Hope Spot. Dr. James Ketchum offers potential solutions to restore local populations harmed by shark fin fishing.
Mediterranean Hope Spot
The Balearic Islands are the Mediterranean Sea's first designated hope spot. The tremendous diversity of life represents a "beacon of hope for the world" and illustrates how supporting local efforts can save marine life.