© Vanessa Mignon

Act now. No more broken promises to protect our oceans.

Last year, governments worldwide made a historic pact to protect the largest habitat on Earth, home to millions of species—the high seas.

However, if fewer than 60 countries sign the treaty, the open ocean will remain lawless and vulnerable. Time is running out, and the threats to our oceans are multiplying. Governments must act swiftly to protect the high seas by ratifying this crucial treaty.

No more broken promises

Only once the treaty is ratified can we create new ocean sanctuaries. These need to cover 30% of the ocean by 2030 to address the climate and biodiversity crises our planet faces.

But if 60 countries do not ratify the treaty, the high seas will remain ungoverned and unprotected.

Time is running out to meet this goal as the oceans and its marine life face exploitation and other threats. Governments need to act swiftly to sign and ratify the Treaty.   

Tell your Senators to take action to bring about a sea of change for conservation of sea life.  

Why the Treaty matters
Our oceans are in crisis, suffering from centuries of human exploitation and extraction. They can recover, but only if we give them the space they need to heal. That’s why we need ocean sanctuaries.

What has happened so far?
In June 2023, after almost two decades of discussion, the world’s governments finalised a new High Seas Treaty to safeguard marine life in the high seas—areas of the ocean that lie beyond the control of any individual country.

This was a significant milestone for the ocean and a crucial step in tackling the global biodiversity and climate crises. The High Seas represent two-thirds of the ocean and currently receive little, if any, protection from harmful activities like fishing, shipping, and deep-sea mining.

The new Treaty finally makes it possible to create a network of ocean sanctuaries across the globe, areas where fragile ecosystems and marine life can recover and thrive.

What’s next?
Making this treaty international law, and doing so quickly, is vital for greater protection of marine life. But if at least 60 countries do not ratify the treaty, the high seas will remain ungoverned and unprotected.

We need governments to act urgently to ratify the treaty—marine life depends on it.

© Vanessa Mignon