Global Ocean Refuge System (GLORES)


Marine Conservation Institute is working on a major initiative, the Global Ocean Refuge System (GLORES), a comprehensive science-based strategy for advancing marine protected areas worldwide. Oceans are essential to human survival and prosperity and yet human activities are pushing many critical marine species toward extinction.

Marine protected areas are generally recognized as the best way to protect the diversity and abundance of the ocean's ecosystems, yet less than 2% of the ocean's area is now protected. Progress in establishing effective marine protected areas has been hampered by lack of agreement on protection levels needed to meet conservation goals and lack of clarity on how well existing sites are protected. GLORES (pronounced glôr-ees) will develop and manage objective criteria that incentivize and accelerate the creation of strongly protected marine areas.

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15 Ways You Can Help Make GLORES a Reality

We need the world to help make GLORES a reality.  Below is a list of several ways you can help. 

  1. Introduce us to your network of marine scientists and conservation groups
  2. Introduce us to prospective partners, supporters and donors
  3. Let us use your name on our list of marine scientists that support GLORES
  4. Post links to on your website
  5. Mention GLORES in your presentations
  6. Mention GLORES to the media
  7. Share information about GLORES on your social media channels
  8. Review and help critique GLORES documents
  9. Connect us with marine protected area activities in different locations around the world
  10. Promote strong and effective marine protected areas, the types GLORES seeks to secure
  11. Share your research on marine protected areas with us
  12. Give us your biodiversity photos to use
  13. Make a gift to GLORES
  14. Become an editor/contributor to MPAtlas
  15. Join the GLORES newsletter list and get the latest updates delivered straight to your inbox

Or please email Marine Conservation Institute president Lance Morgan with your specific ideas at:

Thank you for any support you can give us!

Media coverage of Marine Conservation Institute's role in the Pacific Remote Islands Marine National Monument expansion and pieces quoting our organization's experts: