Enric Sala

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Enric Sala
Born (1968-11-26) November 26, 1968 (age 47)
Girona, Spain
Nationality Spain
Fields Marine ecology
Ocean conservation
Institutions National Geographic
Alma mater Ph.D. University of Aix-Marseille II, France, 1996
B.Sc. University of Barcelona, 1991
Notable awards Oceana's Ocean Hero Award (2015), Environmental Media Association Hero Award (2014), Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society (2014), Lowell Thomas Award (2013), Spanish Geographical Society Research Award (2013), Young Global Leader, World Economic Forum, Davos (2008)
Blue Ocean Institute Award (2008)
Emerging Explorer, National Geographic Society (2007)
Pew Fellow in Marine Conservation (2006)
Aldo Leopold Leadership Fellow (2005)

Dr. Enric Sala is a National Geographic explorer-in-residence actively engaged in exploration, research, and communications to advance ocean conservation. He created the Pristine Seas Project to identify, study, and protect the last wild places in the ocean. His over 100 scientific publications are widely recognized and used for conservation efforts such as the creation of marine reserves. Sala’s present goals are to help protect the last pristine marine ecosystems worldwide, and to develop new business models for marine conservation. He conducts expeditions to some of the most remote places in the ocean, to carry out the first comprehensive scientific surveys of these pristine areas to obtain a baseline of what the ocean used to be like. He also produces documentary films and other media to raise awareness about the importance of a healthy ocean, and to inspire country leaders to create large marine reserves.

Working with key conservation organizations, Enric helped to inspire the creation of the Pacific Remote Islands Marine National Monument, USA; the Nazca-Desventuradas Marine Park, Chile; the Palau National Marine Sanctuary, Palau; the Motu Motiro Hiva Marine Park, Chile; the Pitcairn Islands Marine Reserve, UK; the Southern Line Islands Marine Reserve, Kiribati; Gabon's system of marine parks; and the Seamounts Marine Managed Area, Costa Rica. In all, the Project has helped protect 3 million square kilometers of ocean territory. Formerly he was a professor at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography in La Jolla, California (2000–2007) and at Spain's National Council for Scientific Research (CSIC) (2007–2008).


Select publications

  • Pristine Seas: Journeys to the ocean’s last wild places. National Geographic Books. With foreword by Leonardo DiCaprio. (2015)
  • Winners and losers in a world where the high seas is closed to fishing. Nature Scientific reports 5<o:p></o:p>
  • A general business model for marine reserves. PLoS ONE 8: e58799. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0058799 (2013)
  • Declare 20% of the Ocean Off-Limits - The HBR List of Audacious Ideas. Harvard Business Review, Jan-Feb 2012
  • Shifting Baselines: The Past and the Future of Ocean Fisheries. Island Press, Washington, DC. (2011)
  • The spatial expansion and ecological footprint of fisheries (1950 to present). PLoS ONE 5(12): e15143. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0015143 (2010)
  • Mangroves in the Gulf of California increase fishery yields. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the U.S.A. 105: 10456 - 10459 (2008)
  • Baselines and degradation of coral reefs in the northern Line Islands. PLoS ONE 3: e1548 (2008)
  • Community-wide effects of marine reserves in the Mediterranean Sea. Marine Ecology Progress Series 335: 43-56 (2007)
  • Global marine biodiversity trends. Annual Review of Environment and Resources 31: 93-122 (2006)
  • Top predators provide insurance against climate change. Trends in Ecology and Evolution 21: 479-480 (2006)
  • Effects of biodiversity loss on ocean ecosystem services. Science 314: 787-790 (2006)
  • Are US coral reefs on the slippery slope to slime? Science 307: 1725-1726 (2005)
  • Global trajectories of the long-term decline of coral reef ecosystems. Science 301: 955-958 (2003)
  • A general model for designing networks of marine reserves. Science 298: 1991-1993 (2002)

TV Films[edit]

  • Russia’s Far North (NatGeo Wild, 2015)
  • Wild Gabon (Nat Geo Wild, 2014)
  • Sharks of Lost Island (NatGeo Wild, 2013)
  • Lost Sharks of Easter Island (NatGeo Wild, 2012)
  • Secrets of the Mediterranean: Cousteau's Lost World (NatGeo Wild, 2011)
  • Shark Island (NatGeo Wild, 2010)
  • Journey to Shark Eden (National Geographic Channel, 2009)


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