Wednesday, July 24, 2024

National Geographic Pristine Seas Launches New Pacific Ocean Expedition


National Geographic Pristine Seas is launching an expedition aiming to increase protection of the Pacific Ocean as well as other marine areas worldwide.

Scientists who study everything from sharks to algae will gather information about the state of the ocean to help countries identify which areas are best protected, for the sake of their people, economies, biodiversity and climate.

Leading the expedition will be accomplished science diver and polar explorer Paul Rose.

Rose spent a decade as base commander of Rothera Research Station in Antarctica for the British Antarctic Survey. A broadcaster, published author and journalist, Rose presents BBC television programs on current affairs, science and the environment, including the highly acclaimed “Oceans,” “Britain’s Secret Seas,” “Voyages of Discovery” and the award-winning series “The Lakes.”

Established 15 years ago, Pristine Seas works with local communities, Indigenous Peoples, governments and other partners to help protect vital places in the ocean using a unique combination of research, community engagement, policy work and strategic communications and media. Since 2008, it has conducted 38 expeditions around the world and helped establish 26 marine reserves, spanning more than 6.5 million square kilometers (2.5 million square miles) of ocean — two-thirds the size of the United States.

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John Liang
John Liang
John Liang is the News Editor at He first got the diving bug while in High School in Cairo, Egypt, where he earned his PADI Open Water Diver certification in the Red Sea off the Sinai Peninsula. Since then, John has dived in a volcanic lake in Guatemala, among white-tipped sharks off the Pacific Coast of Costa Rica, and other places including a pool in Las Vegas helping to break the world record for the largest underwater press conference.