How to Get Involved in the Global Ocean Refuge System Movement

GLORES 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 a GLORES 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 GLORES Partner: In addition to the above, partners help in the following ways:
    • Nominate sites: Individuals and organizations can nominate sites for GLORES status.
    • Review and comment on nominations: Individuals and organizations can provide public comments or share relevant information during the review process.
    • Promote Global Ocean Refuges: Individuals and organizations can promote Global Ocean Refuges and the conservation efforts of local communities and managers through their communication channels.
    • Join the GLORES network: Partners become a part of a global network of organizations that offer technical capacity and expertise to Global Ocean Refuges.
  • Become a GLORES Investor: Individuals, foundations, organizations and businesses can contribute financially to the GLORES initiative or support individual Global Ocean Refuges.
  • Become a GLORES Ambassador: Individuals or organizations that are ready to dive in and help spread the word about GLORES can share GLORES with local community groups, governments, marine protected area staff members and local businesses.
  • Find your own way to link your conservation efforts to GLORES.

If you share this vision, we want to work with you. Additionally, if you choose to become a GLORES partner you will be featured on the GLORES 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 collaborating with you.

Global Ocean Refuge System Partners

Marine Conservation Institute is recruiting partners for the Global Ocean Refuge System. Partners assist in nominating and vetting Global Ocean Refuges as well as support communications that help recognize and promote these areas. We would love your help! 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 (MPAs) and ensure these protections equate to better biodiversity and conservation outcomes. GLORES 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 GLORES. 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.

GLORES 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 GLORES 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