Glorious pictures of pristine marine protected areas around the world

From Kiribati to the U.S. Virgin Islands, these pictures show ocean conservation success stories for World Oceans Day.

By Lori Cuthbert
Published 8 Jun 2019, 08:43 BST

The world’s oceans need our protection now more than ever. Under attack from plastic pollution and climate change, global seas are under huge pressure, which has direct impacts on humans. But marine protected areas are making a difference.

In celebration of this year's World Oceans Day, we’ve gathered these pictures of pristine marine protected areas, where our efforts have borne fruit.

World Oceans Day was created in 1992 to raise awareness about and celebrate the world’s oceans. Every June 8, hundreds of events around the world are held to spread the word.

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