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National Geographic

Pristine Seas Bringing the Ocean Back

The CNE was proud to host the traveling exhibition National Geographic: Pristine Seas Bringing the Ocean Back at this year’s event. Pristine Seas Photos was organized and transported by the National Geographic Society.

Pristine Seas: Bringing the Ocean Back, a photo exhibition curated by the National Geographic Society, opened at the Arts Crafts and Hobbies Pavilion from August 18th to September 4th. The exhibition drew upon over a decade worth of global expeditions conducted by the National Geographic Pristine Seas project to document and protect the ocean so it can heal, rebound, and regenerate.

The exhibition highlighted the importance of marine protected areas (MPAs) as a mechanism for protecting and restoring the world’s ocean. Through the exhibition’s narrative, photography, and film, visitors learned how the Pristine Seas team supports Indigenous Peoples, local communities and governments in the creation of MPAs.

Visitors explored the team’s expeditions ranging from the tropical coral reefs of the Southern Line Islands to the icebergs of the Antarctic Peninsula. Through stunning imagery and stories that highlighted the scientific methods used on these expeditions, the exhibition showcased Pristine Seas’ continued commitment to protecting ocean life.

Since 2008, the National Geographic Pristine Seas project has carried out 36 expeditions and helped establish 25 marine protected areas covering over 6.5 million square kilometers of ocean—an area more than twice the size of India.

“This exhibition is a testament to the Pristine Seas team’s unyielding commitment to safeguard the blue heart of our planet,” said Kathryn Keane, vice president of public programming and National Geographic Museum director. “The Pristine Seas team combines exploration and rigorous research with powerful storytelling. The goal of this exhibition is to immerse visitors in the beauty of the sea while reiterating why we must preserve it.” Pristine Seas actively supports the global goal of protecting 30% of the ocean by 2030. Not only will this be beneficial for marine life, but also for communities through fisheries benefits, increased food security, and mitigation of climate change.

Guests visited the Arts Crafts and Hobbies Pavilion from August 18th to September 4th and learned about how they could help in the efforts to protect the ocean and aid in it’s crucial recovery.

Photograph by Enric Sala, National Geographic Location: Galápagos Islands, Ecuador Expedition Dates: November to December 2015 Protection Status: Protected, 2016 A young Galápagos sea lion approaches the camera. A diver’s paradise, the islands harbor over 2,900 known species of fish, invertebrates, and marine mammals. Key organisms include endemic seabirds, the world’s only marine iguana, and the highest abundance of sharks on the planet.

Time: 10am to 10pm
Location: Arts, Crafts and Hobbies Building

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