Photo by: Enric Sala/National Geographic
Photo by: Enric Sala/National Geographic
Traveling Exhibition
Photography Exhibition
Pristine Seas
Bringing the Ocean Back

Revealing the benefits of Marine Protected Areas in protecting biodiversity, carbon stocks, and economic and food security for local communities.

65 photographs with labels

Interpretive panels


2 captioned media pieces

Spanish translations

275-325 linear feet (85-100 linear meters)

Conservationist and National Geographic Explorer in Residence, Enric Sala, founded and leads Pristine Seas, a project that combines exploration, scientific research, media and strategic communications to inspire country leaders to protect vital places in the ocean. Since 2008, Pristine Seas has helped create 26 of the largest marine protected areas (MPAs) in the world.

Through 2030, Pristine Seas will work with local and indigenous communities, governments, and other partners to establish 40 new marine protected areas and catalyze the global community to protect at least 30% of the ocean by 2030. This will preserve vital ocean areas, protect carbon stocks, and support local food supply—a triple win.

The Pristine Seas traveling exhibition reveals the benefits of Marine Protected Areas (MPAs) in protecting biodiversity, preserving carbon stocks, and ensuring economic and food security for the local communities who depend on the ocean for their survival.


Photographs and video from the exhibition

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