21 May 2019 - Across the globe, hundreds of areas with world-class surfing waves also contain a variety of diverse marine species.
Those waves mean big money — generating an estimated US$ 50 billion in economic activity from surfers.
But beneath those waves is something that’s also extremely valuable: a wealth of marine life.
For conservationists looking to protect these areas, it seemed natural to appeal to the people who greatly value them. Surfers make powerful advocates for the ocean, according to Scott Atkinson, senior technical adviser for Conservation International’s Hawai‘i Program and Coral Triangle Initiative. Recently, Human Nature caught up with Atkinson — a surfer himself — who spoke about a new partnership between CI and the Save The Waves Coalition to mobilize the surfing community to help protect marine areas.
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