Marine protection - HOPE SPOT

Ocean

Our Ocean is essential to life on earth. All of us, directly and indirectly, depend on the Ocean- from the air we breathe, the food we eat, to jobs and livelihoods. The oceans shape the continents and regulate the climate of our Blue Planet.

Today our oceans are at the limits of their resilience and only just over 2% of the world’s ocean is fully protected.

In 2021 we entered in “The UN Decade Of The Oceans”. What happens in the next 10 years will determine what happens in the next 10.000 years. What happens to the oceans will happen to us.

Our infinite commitment with the oceans, together with shared ambitions with our partners, has led us to achieve the role of “champions” on a big mission: to denominate the first HOPE SPOT area in Iceland.  This is an exciting project in alliance with MISSION BLUE to sum up on their efforts to denominate HOPE SPOTS around the world.

MISSION BLUE inspires action to explore and protect the ocean. Led by legendary oceanographer Dr. Sylvia Earle, Mission Blue is uniting a global coalition to inspire an upwelling of public awareness, access and support for a worldwide network of marine protected areas.

“’HOPE SPOTS‘ are special places that are scientifically identified as critical to the health of the ocean. Our Hope Spots are championed by local conservationists whom we support with communications, expeditions and scientific advisory”

– Mission Blue

The final aim is to contribute to the Global Ocean Alliance target to safeguard at least 30% of the world´s oceans by 2030 to secure healthy oceans for future generations. To date, 30 countries, including the US, have joined the #30by30 movement.

Our mission as “champions” for the HOPE SPOT in Iceland is to guide the nomination process by gathering scientific arguments and support from stakeholders to prove the potential as a HOPE SPOT. The proposed area spans from Skjálfandi Bay to Eyafjörður including Grímsey Island in the North.

Today we know that sound is the primary way of communication underwater for many aquatic organisms. They use it to find prey, to locate mates and offspring, avoid predators, orientate themselves in the blue and gather important information about their surroundings.

Let this be a historic moment that sparks a powerful wave of action for our oceans!

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