Be Involved

GLORES Partners

Marine Conservation Institute is recruiting partners for the Global Ocean Refuge System. If you would like to have a role in deciding which marine protected areas become Global Ocean Refuges and would like to promote globally important sites worthy of this status, please join us. Organizations that join as partners in the GLORES Alliance will be part of the nominating and vetting of Global Ocean Refuges as well as efforts aimed at promoting strong conservation. More importantly, your involvement will help improve the quality of marine protected areas, eliminating “paper parks”, supporting marine biodiversity conservation and sustaining a healthy ocean economy.

Scientists: The Global Ocean Refuge System is a strategic, science-based way to safeguard marine ecosystems. We invite our colleagues in the scientific community to contribute their expertise to the initiative. Please contact [email protected] to become involved.

Conservation Groups: The Global Ocean Refuge System celebrates the dynamic breadth of expertise in the marine conservation community and recognizes that the support of the collective community is crucial to the success of the initiative and, ultimately, the resilience of marine life in their ecosystems. Please contact [email protected] to become involved.

Media: The Global Ocean Refuge System is a bold, new initiative with a vital goal to safeguard marine life in each marine biogeographic region of the world’s oceans by 2030. This exciting initiative will make a big impact for marine life as well as a big splash in news stories. If you are with the media and need additional information to help us spread the word please contact [email protected].

Being part of the Global Ocean Refuge System allows you to serve as an ambassador to promote resilient oceans. The Global Ocean Refuge System is unique in promoting strongly protected areas and addressing a biogeographic approach to conservation within the context of global scale climate change. The Global Ocean Refuge System provides a framework for all marine protected areas efforts, linking local conservation efforts to a global network of ocean refuges.

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. Ratana Chuenpagdee, Marine Biodiversity Research Group, Thailand
  • Dr.  John Cigliano, Cedar Crest College
  • Dr. Leslie Cornick, Alaska Pacific University
  • Dr. Emily Darling, University of North Carolina, Wildlife Conservation Society
  • Dr. Daniel Dunn, Duke University
  • Dr. Rodolphe Devillers, Memorial University of Newfoundland
  • 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