The Ocean Health Fund

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No matter where you live, you are directly affected by the health of our oceans. Our own personal health and livelihoods are interconnected with the wellbeing of the oceans. Tourism is just one of many industries that are dependent on the oceans for economic gain.

Tourists are drawn to the oceans. Some use the ocean as a way of transportation while others seek adventure or relaxation. Some tourists are drawn to the life within our oceans – whether its intricate coral reefs or the creatures that live nearby. Planeterra recognizes the importance of our position as tourists and tourism professionals to protect and conserve the waters that make these unique experiences an opportunity.  

In partnership with G Adventures, and supported by thousands of travellers across the world, Planeterra has been able to support organizations around the world that specialize in protecting the health of our oceans. Planeterra has invested over CAD $300,000 into these programs over the last five years through the Ocean Health Fund. This fund continues to be a priority through the fundraising efforts on board G Adventures’ Expedition ship. Half of all donations for Planeterra while sailing the oceans on the Expedition go directly back to protect the oceans of the world, while the other half is invested into community development programs worldwide

Protecting fragile ecosystems

The flora and fauna that fill our planet play a unique role in creating once-in-a-lifetime tourism experiences. Travellers around the world choose destinations in hopes of seeing a specific species. These experiences are only possible if we continue to protect and preserve the flora and fauna (and their ecosystems) that we travel to to admire. The following Planeterra-supported programs work to support fragile ecosystems of different species while improving the overall health of our oceans.

Combating trash and debris

300 million tons of plastic are produced every year, yet only 5% of those plastics are recycled. When not recycled or incinerated, plastic waste ends up in our landfills and oceans. The rapid increase of trash in the global oceans can be linked to the increased use of disposable plastics, a lack of recycling, and the illegal dumping of plastics and other materials. Deep waters, coral reefs, beaches and intertidal zones are all vulnerable to this influx of trash. Identifying and implementing solutions to this problem requires expanded education about the magnitude and spatial extent of marine debris, as well as a global initiative to act.

Science and research

Collecting reliable and accurate data of our oceans health is crucial to monitor its conditions and effects of anthropogenic impacts and climate change.