How to Get Involved in the Global Ocean Refuge System

The Global Ocean Refuge System will only be successful through collaboration. We celebrate, support and acknowledge the hard work and commitment of communities, non-governmental organizations, agencies and governments for protecting oceans and achieving Global Ocean Refuge status. Here are a few of the ways that you can be involved:

  • Become an Endorser: As an individual or organization you can publicly endorse a vision for a system of strongly protected Global Ocean Refuges (i.e., add your name or logo to our web site).
  • Become a Collaborator: In addition to the above, collaborators:
    • Nominate, review and comment on Global Ocean Refuges
    • Promote Global Ocean Refuges on social media and through other communications
    • Join the network of groups and individuals that provide technical capacity and expertise to Global Ocean Refuges
  • Become an Investor: Contribute financially to the initiative or support an individual Global Ocean Refuge
  • Become an Ambassador: Individuals or organizations that are ready to dive in and help spread the word about initiative can share our program with local community groups, governments, marine protected area staff members and local businesses.
  • If you share our vision, we want to work with you. Find your own way to link your efforts to the Global Ocean Refuge System.

If you choose to partner with us, you will be featured on our website ( and promoted on our social media and blog, as well as in print materials.  Your engagement gives you a voice in helping to shape this critically important initiative. Contact us at: [email protected]. We look forward to working with you.

Global Ocean Refuge System Partners

Marine Conservation Institute is recruiting partners for the Global Ocean Refuge System. Your involvement will help improve the quality of marine protected areas, eliminating “paper parks,” supporting marine biodiversity conservation and sustaining healthy ocean economies.

To maintain healthy oceans and recover marine wildlife we need to dramatically accelerate the creation of marine protected areas and ensure these protections equate to better biodiversity conservation outcomes. The Global Ocean Refuge System is designed to do both. Since announcing the Global Ocean Refuge System in 2013, we have been working with scientists, conservationists and others to launch the initiative. Today, ten blue parks around the world have earned our Global Ocean Refuge Award for outstanding ocean protection:

These marine protected areas set a strong example for other ocean protection efforts to follow.

Our Partners

Partners are critical to the success of the Global Ocean Refuge System. Marine Conservation Institute is actively working with marine scientists, organizations, corporations and the travel and tourism industry for endorsements, insights and donor support for the initiative. Below is a list of current partners.


The success of the Global Ocean Refuge System depends on the vision and leadership of foundations, individuals and corporations dedicated to launching this transformative new approach to ocean conservation. We extend our deepest thanks to the following donors for their early support of the Global Ocean Refuge System:

Marine Scientists

  • Dr. Octavio Aburto-Oropeza, Scripps Institution of Oceanography
  • Dr. Natalie Ban, University of Victoria
  • Dr. Emily Darling, University of North Carolina, Wildlife Conservation Society
  • Dr. Sylvia Earle, renowned ocean conservationist
  • Prof. Graham Edgar, Institute for Marine and Antarctic Studies, University of Tasmania
  • Dr. Pat Halpin, Duke University
  • Dr. John Hocevar, Greenpeace
  • Dr. Wallace J. Nichols, Research Associate, California Academy of Sciences
  • Prof. Callum Roberts, Environment Dept., University of York
  • Dr. Enric Sala, Explorer-in-Residence, National Geographic Society
  • Dr. George Shillinger, The Leatherback Trust and Stanford University
  • Dr. Anna Zivian, Ocean Conservancy



  • CDR Thomas Callahan, NOAA (Ret.)
  • Mike Sutton, President, California Fish and Game Commission
  • Ted Waitt, Waitt Foundation
  • Howard Wood, Chairman of Community of Arran Seabed Trust