Wednesday, July 24, 2024

New York-New Jersey Harbor Estuary Declared A Mission Blue ‘Hope Spot’


The New York-New Jersey Harbor Estuary has been named Mission Blue’s latest “Hope Spot.”

Located in the largest metropolitan region in the United States, the continued recovery of this region demonstrates what people can achieve for humans and nature with dedication and protection, according to Mission Blue:

“After the quality of the water reached its lowest point in the 1960s, New York State voters passed the Pure Waters Bond Act in 1965. This movement was followed by the passing of the federal Clean Water Act of 1972 when several public and private NGOs and agencies began focusing on its recovery and pushed improved regulations and enforcement, coastal land use policies, public access, research, and education. In the half-century since then, water quality improved, and biodiversity improved, including fishes, the return of bird life, and even charismatic whales. Oysters, which disappeared over 100 years ago due to overharvesting and pollution are now actively being restored around the estuary.”

For more info, go to or check out the video featuring “Her Deepness”  Dr. Sylvia Earle below.

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.