Pristine Seas

Inspiring protection of the ocean’s last wild places through global exploration

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, Pristine Seas seeks 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 works to inspire governments around the world to create protected areas in these remote places in order to conserve and restore the richness of marine life and habitat.

Pristine Seas in Antarctica

Located deep in what some scientists call the Southern, or Antarctic, Ocean, the Ross Sea is one of the most intact ecosystems in the world, with a remoteness that has kept it out of reach of overfishing, pollution, and even most tourism. Home to an array of marine species, it boasts whale, seal, and fish populations in high numbers. Its nutrient rich waters also make it the Southern Ocean’s most productive sea, one that creates abundant planktonic life that in turn supports larger marine species ranging from seabirds to whales.

As the Ross Sea garners more interest from the commercial fishing industry, the Pristine Seas team is working in association with the Antarctic and Southern Ocean Coalition (ASOC) to inspire global leaders to agree to protect this ocean wilderness.

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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