What Is a Hope Spot?
We started the Hope Spot: Hatteras project after watching Sylvia Earle's Netflix documentary, Mission Blue, an extremely inspiring story about her fight to preserve our oceans. Through intense research and momentum from community support, we proposed that a Hope Spot be established off the coast of Cape Hatteras, Outer Banks, NC.
Hope Spots are areas in the ocean that are important for life in the ocean. The Sylvia Earle Alliance and Mission Blue have worked to create dozen of Hope Spots all over the ocean. Through intense advocacy and awarness efforts in these unique places they fight to created formally protected marine protected areas.
"Networks of marine protected areas maintain healthy biodiversity, provide a carbon sink, generate life-giving oxygen, preserve critical habitat and allow low-impact activities like ecotourism to thrive. They are good for the ocean, which means they are good for us."
In September 2016, Dr. Sylvia Earle and her team at Mission Blue unanimously voted to establish off the coast of Cape Hatteras.
We hope that by establishing a Hope Spot in Cape Hatteras we will increase awareness and advocacy for this unique and critical ocean area and be an influential step in gaining formal protection.