Success Stories in Ocean Conservation

It is easy to feel hopeless when reading the news coverage of ocean conservation. Between climate change, acidification, pollution and overfishing, it often feels like the ocean and its biodiversity, which we rely on, will soon be lost.

But there is hope. There are successes in ocean conservation, and they often occur when small groups of people take action to fix problems in their own communities. Whether it's a beach cleanup, hanging lights on fishing nets to prevent turtle entanglement, or working with local governments to prevent coral reef loss, there are real solutions that can make a difference in protecting the ocean.

See some examples in this slideshow, read our Smithsonian Magazine article about why it's important to tell success stories, and submit your own successes in the comments.

Hanging lights off of fishing nets has halved the number of sea turtles entangled at night.

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Submitted by Dawn Wright (not verified) on

Thank you for encouraging us via #OceanOptimism. I'd like to share several examples in the form of *story* maps, cataloged at
and a new book in progress called "Ocean Solutions, Earth Solutions," due out in 2015:
Fair winds and following seas!
"Deepsea Dawn"