In 2017, in response to the current global extinction crisis and with the objective of assessing life on the planet, Fundación Rewilding Argentina created the marine conservation program Sin Azul No Hay Verde (No Blue, No Green). Sin Azul No Hay Verde (SANHV) focuses on protecting the habitat of the Patagonian sea, its coasts, and the species which live there.
Our goal is to protect 30 percent of the Argentine Sea to ensure the conservation and regeneration of its ecosystems by creating a network of marine and coastal protected areas.
Since then we have promoted the creation of the first Marine National Parks in Argentina, protecting almost 10% of the marine territory. We have also worked to stop the advance of the salmon farming industry in the pristine waters of the Beagle Channel in Tierra del Fuego, an activity recently prohibited by law.
The need for habitat conservation responds to a global emergency.
We work creating networks of marine and coastal protected areas which focus on ecosystem and biodiversity restoration, offering long-term preservation. By protecting large areas, we intend to benefit local communities and to engage new stakeholders; becoming involved in the transformation process of the current model of economic growth.
If biodiversity and the natural world are lost, we all lose.
In order to achieve better protection of the ocean, we have incorporated tools which seek to improve transparency in the fishing industry, such as Global Fishing Watch (GFW). Through their maps anyone can track and monitor fishing vessels. The objective of the platform is to enable scientific research, to improve the way fishing is managed and to advocate better policies to support ocean protection.
Argentina is among the 30 countries that throw more plastic waste into the sea. The projection is that this country will produce 320,000 tons of plastic in 2020 and 85% will end up in the ocean.
All those species that are fished as a consequence of the fishing of another species. Argentina is positioned top in the shark bycatch and sting rays.
The creation of marine protected areas responds to an ecosystem conservation criteria, considering each species of that space. Today Argentina has only 10% of its sea protected.
They capture twice as much carbon as forests and, as long as they are not destroyed, peatlands will help combat the climate crisis, mitigating the effects of global warming.
7.3 million tons of fish are thrown overboard. Discard is a practice defined by FAO as "that part of the catch that is returned to the sea for any reason."
60 marine species from Argentina are endangered. Birds, mammals and fish that inhabit our sea are about to disappear, altering the delicate ecosystem balance.
The South Atlantic sea is one of the most threatened by illegal fishing. It is estimated that a fleet of 400 industrial vessels fish illegally, mainly at mile 200.
Is the intensive farming of salmonids for consumption. This unhealthy product directly competes with local products and economies, irreversibly destroying marine ecosystems.