Approved by the Surfrider Board of Directors on October 5, 2002
The Surfrider Foundation recognizes that protection of the coastal environment requires protection of an interconnected coastal zone that includes the open ocean, near shore water, beaches, estuaries and coastal watersheds. The Surfrider Foundation further recognizes while some coastal lands and beaches have been set for permanent protection as wilderness areas, parks, reserves, preserves, conservation areas, and sanctuaries, less than seven percent of the global marine environment has any protected status. Many of our most valued marine areas have already suffered significant damage from pollution, mismanaged fishing practices and coastal development impacts.
Approximately seven percent of the world's oceans have any protected status;
There is broad scientific consensus that marine protected areas benefit marine ecosystems and have been recognized as an important marine resource protection tool;
Marine protected areas are a proactive means to protect marine environments, surfing areas, water quality, cultural and recreational resources.
The Surfrider Foundation supports marine protected areas that will:
In addition, Surfrider believes that: