Along some of the world’s most bountiful coastlines, WCS works to safeguard 11 priority seascapes where the last of our ocean giants, coral reefs, and great colonies of sea birds thrive. These vast areas—where barrier reefs may protect shorelines, fishery stocks sustain human and wildlife communities, and migratory species like sea turtles and whales come to rear their young—are integral to both people and nature. Addressing the complex relationships between the ecosystems of the sea, coast, and areas inland, WCS links marine and land management initiatives in comprehensive conservation strategies. These strategies are the backbone of such WCS projects as the Sea & Sky initiative to protect Argentina’s Southwest Atlantic, and our work in the coastal forests and shallow waters of Madagascar’s Antongil Bay.

For more information on the WCS Marine Program, please contact marineprogram@wcs.org.


Antongil Bay Seascape, Madagascar

Antongil Bay is one of the most important breeding grounds for humpback whales. Thirteen species of shark swim its waters.

I am the walrus

Arctic Beringia

The heart of this marine and terrestrial complex is the Bering Strait, the gateway between the Arctic Ocean and the Pacific. Whales and walruses, caribou and musk oxen, and vast flocks of migratory birds live here.

Gabon-Congo Seascape

Congo Basin Coast Seascape

The world’s largest population of leatherback turtles nests on Gabon and Congo beaches, and humpback whales breed in the waters.


Glover’s Reef Seascape, Belize

Located at the heart of the largest coral reef system in the Western Hemisphere, this seascape nurtures rays, turtles, and sharks. Nassau grouper gather here in massive numbers to spawn.


Karimunjawa Seascape, Indonesia

Located in the middle of the Java Sea, Karimunjawa National Park was re-zoned to accommodate the needs of wildlife and local people.

Peacock Grouper

Kenya Seascape

Kenya’s marine ecosystems range from mangroves and coastal wetlands to lagoons, fringing coral reefs, and open ocean.


New Ireland Seascape, Papua New Guinea

Local communities manage this seascape in the Coral Triangle through traditional ownership rights to land and sea.

New York Seascape

New York Seascape, USA

New York’s waters encompass an extraordinary array of habitats that shelter migratory whales, sea turtles, sharks, and seabirds.


Patagonian Coast & Seascape

This wild, remote expanse provides critical feeding and breeding habitat for penguins, elephant seals, and southern right whales.

Halmahera, Indonesia

North Sulawesi-Halmahera, Indonesia

The North Sulawesi-Halmahera seascape is located in the heart of the spectacular Coral Triangle.

Hawksbill Turtle

Pearl Cays, Nicaragua

Sea turtles rely on nesting and feeding habitats in offshore waters and on island beaches along Nicaragua’s Caribbean coast.

Toliar Barrier Reef, Madagascar

Toliar Barrier Reef, Madagascar

This coastal region supports a seascape of barrier and fringing coral reefs, shallow lagoons, and abyssal slopes.


Vatu-i-Ra Seascape, Fiji

Thriving schools of fish, sharks, and turtles swim Fiji’s vibrant reefs. As coastal populations grow, Fiji is finding new ways to conserve marine resources.

Aceh-Weh, Indonesia

Weh Island/Aceh, Indonesia

Northwestern Sumatra’s coral reefs teem with fish, including the rare and unusual megamouth shark.

From the Newsroom

Photo Release: Strange Bird and Sea Turtle Hatchlings Released on Protected Indonesian BeachMarch 13, 2014

In Indonesia, a New Law Protects Manta RaysFebruary 19, 2014

Ray populations in Indonesia face serious threats from overfishing, but recently the government has taken action to ensure their future.

Alarming Analysis: One Quarter of Sharks and Rays Face ExtinctionJanuary 22, 2014

As overfishing pushes more and more shark and ray species to the brink, WCS is increasing its commitment to the conservation of these fish and their relatives over the next 10 years.

New York Aquarium Breaks Ground on Ocean Wonders: Sharks!January 10, 2014

The groundbreaking of the facility is part of the effort to transform WCS's New York Aquarium and continue the rebirth of Coney Island.

Study Discovers Natural Hybridization Produced Dolphin Species January 8, 2014


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