Adopt the Blue and increase the number of Marine Protected Areas around the globe. This is how to dive into action

Adopt the Blue by Padi x Blancpain.

Building on the legacy of the first modern diving watch, the 1953 Fifty Fathoms, Blancpain announced a 5-year partnership with PADI to support the flagship Marine Protected Area Program, Adopt the Blue, the world’s largest network of underwater sites that can be activated for marine conservation.

To celebrate 2022 World Oceans Day, Blancpain is matching your donation so you can double your conservation impact.

Swiss prestige watchmaker, Blancpain, and the Professional Association of Diving Instructors (PADI), the world’s largest dive training organisation, are joining forces with the aim to fundamentally increase the number of marine protected areas (MPAs) around the globe over the coming decade.

The organisations unveiled their collaborative partnership at the 9th Annual World Ocean Summit, the flagship event of the Economist Impact’s World Ocean Initiative, attended by the world’s top thought leaders from business, science, governmental and non-profit sectors – to tackle the greatest issues facing our blue planet.

“Blancpain and PADI have rich histories rooted in exploration and ocean conservation, inspiring both organisations to become powerful catalysts of planetary change,” says Drew Richardson, President and CEO of PADI Worldwide. “Protecting our oceans is not only core to our ethos, but critical for our very survival. The world must pull together to stem the urgent crisis in our ocean and we have an immense opportunity to bring about change. We’re proud to work alongside such a prominent partner who shares our optimistic outlook on the future and a deep commitment to further empowering our global community to seek adventure and save the ocean.”

Together, Blancpain and PADI will work with local communities across the globe to expedite the establishment of MPAs. At the heart of the multi-year, multi-million-dollar initiative is the flagship citizen science program, Adopt the Blue™ in which 6,600 registered PADI dive centers and resorts will be activated to develop the largest network of marine protected areas on the planet, enabling millions of PADI recreational divers to proactively engage in marine conservation at every opportunity.

Another keystone of the partnership is the formation of the Blancpain/PADI Community Grant, which funds critical conservation efforts in local communities. These grants will drive both ocean preservation as well as indigenous community support, serving as a force for good for both humanity and ocean.

“With our almost 70-year legacy of the Fifty Fathoms diving watch, Blancpain has developed not only a passion – but a deep commitment to our oceans,” says Marc A. Hayek, President & CEO of Blancpain.

“We’re extremely proud of the role we’ve played in advancing global marine protection efforts and we are thrilled to be collaborating with PADI – and its community of divers – to bring about even more positive change.”

The successful implementation of marine protected areas is critical to the health of the world’s largest and most important ecosystem and has been proven to restore biodiversity, build resilience to climate change and re-establish vulnerable species’ populations.

Blancpain x Oceana

Supported by Blancpain, Oceana the largest international organization dedicated solely to ocean conservation, completed the primary step of Project Alacranes, its first ever Mexican expedition, to investigate and document the health of the Bajos del Norte reefs, home to some of the richest marine life in the Gulf of Mexico.

The scientific report resulting from the findings of Project Alacranes will be used to promote the changes needed to protect and guarantee the future of this important ecosystem.

Biopixel Oceans Foundation

Together with Blancpain, Biopixel Oceans Foundation currently conducts the first ever whale shark tagging and tracking research on the Great Barrier Reef. Data will help discover the previously unknown migratory routes of these elusive animals.Track Blancpain and Fifty Fathoms whale sharks online in real time and observe their journey across the Great Barrier Reef. Find out more:

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