Pristine Seas

Inspiring conservation of unspoiled ocean territory around the world

The ocean—covering over 70 percent of the planet—sustains all life on Earth. It supplies more than half the oxygen we breathe and regulates the Earth’s climate. Its fisheries provide employment for 180 million people and food for billions worldwide, and it offers opportunities for recreation, education, and tourism. Here at Lindblad Expeditions-National Geographic, we believe in the importance of preserving the health of the world’s oceans. To that end, we are proud to support National Geographic’s Pristine Seas project, and have committed to donating at least $500,000 per year for five years (2014-2018) from the LEX-NG Fund to this effort.

Initiated by National Geographic Explorer-in-Residence, Dr. Enric Sala, National Geographic’s Pristine Seas is a project to find, survey, and help protect the last wild places in the ocean. A few areas of the ocean remain relatively unaltered by humans. These pristine places are key to the health of the global ocean ecosystem.  

Pristine Seas along the South American West Coast

In the interconnected world where we live, ecosystems do not exist in a vacuum. From the snow-covered peaks of the Andes to the rivers, lakes, and fjords, all of the terrestrial environments of Patagonia are tied to the ocean. Lindblad Expeditions is committed to protecting the health of our oceans through National Geographic’s Pristine Seas project.

Coastal communities around the world depend on healthy fisheries and clean seas. Marine reserves offer safe havens for fish, and as populations increase, the fish leave the reserve and sustain fisheries and the communities that depend on them. Pristine Seas works to inspire governments around the world to create protected areas in these remote places in order to conserve the richness of marine life and habitat, and also to restore areas that have suffered some human impacts but still harbor unique features such as large animals and outstanding biodiversity.

The Lindblad Expeditions-National Geographic (LEX-NG) Fund aims to protect the last wild places in the ocean while facilitating conservation, research, education, and community development programs in the places we explore. If you would like to learn more about projects supported by the LEX-NG Fund worldwide, please contact the Fund by email. To support our work by making a contribution to the LEX-NG Fund, click here.

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