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.