Our curiosity must be insatiable: relentless exploration in pursuit of understanding and ultimately, protection. Only 5% of our Oceans have ever been explored, which is staggering considering they cover 70% of the Earth’s surface and sustain all life. Data deficiencies in the Coral Triangle hamper MPA management efforts – how much more could we do, with complete, detailed and easily accessible information, and research funding to achieve that, particularly understanding these extreme coastal oceanic habitats, their biodiversity and ecological role.
We strive to create wilderness refugia, by facilitating and supporting the creation of marine protected areas for biodiversity, rather than for sustainable fisheries or tourism. Whilst sustainable development is an important part of the story, as a conservation NGO Planet Deep’s principle driver and the core reason for our existence is: Protection = No Take Reserves. It’s a tough gig, but someone’s got to do it!
Absolutely everything is interconnected: no ecology exists independently, coastal communities rely on the oceans and their lives revolve around them, the oceans sustain all of life on Earth. Planet Deep’s mission to explore, understand and protect, cannot be achieved without interconnectivity being at the core of all we do. Interconnectivity not just from a science and research perspective, but collaborating and engaging with our fellow conservationists, industry, and communities with outreach and education – we can’t save the Oceans on our own!