Thank you for your interest in the Global Ocean Refuge System (GLORES)


To recover the diversity and abundance of marine life, Marine Conservation Institute initiatied the Global Ocean Refuge System (GLORES), a strategic, science-based way to safeguard marine ecosystems on a global scale.  GLORES is designed to catalyze strong protection for at least 20% of the ecosystems in each marine biogeographic region, enough to avert mass extinction.  Global Ocean Refuges will serve as safe havens for the world’s diversity of marine life.

GLORES expands existing efforts by 1) using a scientifically sound biogeographic framework for protecting ecosystems; 2) establishing clear, transparent criteria for the best locations, strong protection, effective management and credible enforcement to save species and their habitats from preventable harm; 3) fostering improved cooperation among non-profit and for-profit organizations to achieve GLORES goals; and 4) incentivizing competition among countries and international governmental organizations for the prestige and economic benefits of earning Global Ocean Refuge status for the best existing and new marine protected areas.

While GLORES seems to be a major shift in marine conservation, it actually builds on what the marine conservation community has learned since its origin in the 1970s.  GLORES will not replace existing efforts to protect individual places; GLORES will facilitate their success, thereby advancing the system-change in ocean protection that humankind needs.