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‘Blue Justice’ Is Essential for Building Coastal Resilience. New Study Shows

March 16, 2023

Climate change and rapid economic development have placed increased pressures on many coastal communities in recent years. Now, a new international study shows there is also a third force—the unintended consequences of conservation measures enacted with little or no consideration of local rights and needs—that can compound the harm. The study’s authors call the combined effects of these three forces a “triple exposure.”

Blue Justice: a new movement in favor of coastal communities, often excluded from decisions in conservation

February 2023

The Blue Justice working group publishes concurrent articles examining the linkages between ocean conservation, climate change, and equity.


The Duke Daily Check This Out! Swimming with Whale Sharks

David Gill films whale sharks to show the positive effects of marine protected areas



We are proud to be part of Earth Optimism: an online event full of inspiring talks, powerful films, and practical solutions to help protect the future of our planet.

Mar 25, 2021 at 8 PM EDT


Congratulations to Miranda Bernard, a recipient of the 2021 David H. Smith Conservation Research Fellowship. Miranda Bernard will complete a project titled, “Justice and equity in marine protected areas: understanding the differential impacts of marine threats and management actions within coastal communities” under the academic mentorship of Dr. David Gill


Conservation that Benefits Both Fish and Humans

November 11, 2020

“You want the impacts of these areas to be positive and equitable for all affected communities, but the marine environment is complex.” – David Gill






The Importance of Evidence in Environmental Conservation

November 12, 2018




New study finds MPA effectiveness is greatest where there is adequate staff and funding

April 18, 2017




Marine Protected Areas need more than just a name

April 11, 2017



Marine protected areas suffer from lack of funds, staff

March 22, 2017




The secret of successful marine protected areas? People.

March 22, 2017