The Big Idea

The Centennial of the National Park Service in 2016 provides an historic opportunity to launch a decadal effort to bring America’s “best idea” to where it is most urgently needed now — our ocean.

“No water, no life. No blue, no green.”

The Locations

In addition to Papahanaumokuakea Marine National Monument in the Northern Hawaiian Islands the President Obama recently expanded to become the largest fully protected marine reserve on the planet, current and future expedition locations include:


Initial Expeditions to Date

  • Cashes Ledge, Seamounts and Canyons in the Atlantic Ocean;
  • Buck Island north of the U.S. Virgin Islands in the Caribbean;
  • Ewing Bank and other sites in the Gulf of Mexico;
  • Tanner and Cortes Banks off the California Coast;
  • Deep Canyons off the Sea Cliffs of Molokai;
  • Bioluminescent Bays in Vieques; and
  • Bering Sea Canyons