Our Ocean Conference

On Oct. 29 and 30, WCS participated in the annual Our Ocean Conference, which was held this year in Bali, Indonesia. Started by then-Secretary of State John Kerry in 2014, the event is focused on real, tangible progress for the sea.

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News from the Conference

WCS Commits to Protecting Coral Reefs

Michael Bloomberg and Ray Dalio’s OceanX have announced more than $185 million in new support to increase ocean exploration and protection. WCS is a partner in this Vibrant Ocean Initiative. "Protecting the health and vitality of coral reefs," said WCS President and CEO Cristian Samper in a statement, "among the most biodiverse habitats on Earth, is crucial to conserving the Earth’s marine biodiversity."

An Urgent Focus on Corals

Cristian Samper, Mongabay
Coral reefs are awe-inspiring, important habitats and in dire need of protection.

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Securing A Long-Term Future for Corals

Caleb McClennen, Trends in Ecology & Evolution
A newly released strategy to strengthen and expand existing conservation efforts for coral reefs.

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Indonesia Sets Example on Sharks

Noviar Andayani and Hollie Booth, The Jakarta Post
The country has lately shown a strong commitment to their protection and the successes have followed.

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What is WCS's role at the conference?

We spoke with Jason Patlis, WCS Executive Director of Marine Conservation, about the the event and the commitments WCS will be announcing.

WCS: What are your hopes for the conference?

Jason Patlis: At each Our Ocean Conference, there are significant commitments that are made by participating organizations. This year, I hope that the urgency of bold, transformative action is realized, and that commitments do not only advance marine conservation, but accelerate and transform it.

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