Summit Series About this MPA See the MPA
HELP US PROTECT THE OCEAN
M. Sanjayan, lead scientist at The Nature Conservancy, delivering a keynote
address at Summit at Sea about the importance of marine protected areas.

Not far from our Bahamian anchorage at Summit at
Sea, there's a 70 square-mile marine protected area
(MPA) that needs help. It's one of the most biologically
diverse areas in the Bahamas, but it's an MPA only in
name. For more than a decade there's been no
infrastructure, no enforcenment, and no protection.
That's where we come in.

The Nature Conservancy needs $500,000 to get the
park running and protect it for generations to come.
Help us leave the Bahamas, and the ocean, better than
we found it.

Less than 2% of the ocean is protected,
compared with nearly 12% of land on
earth, yet the ocean covers 71% of
the planet.
MPAs drive economic growth - scuba
diving is a $1.5 billion dollar industry
in the Caribbean. Half of that revenue
occurs within MPAs.
This specific MPA is more than three
times the size of Manhattan, and is
one of the most ecologically diverse
areas in the Bahamas, ranging from
shallow reefs to deepwater canyons
6000 feet deep.