Our Model

The Global Challenge

For decades, we thought our oceans were indestructible. Today, climate change, over-exploitation, human development, and illegal fishing seriously threaten the long-term health of our oceans.

A Promising Solution

  • Marine protected areas (MPAs), like the national parks of the seas, are one of the most promising tools we have to protect our oceans.
  • Well-enforced MPAs provide safe havens for marine wildlife, allow endangered species to recover, and act as a buffer against the many stressors threatening our oceans.
  • Recently, there has been a significant upsurge in the designation of new MPAs. But, simply creating MPAs isn’t enough.
  • Nearly 60% of all MPAs lack critical resources, training, and enforcement capacity, meaning they are little more than lines on a map, or ‘paper parks.’

BLUEPRINT for Marine Protected Area Success

WildAid Marine focuses on improving the effectiveness of existing MPAs. Our unique approach drives improvements in marine enforcement and conservation and empowers our partners to independently manage their resources over the long-term.

We guide our partners through our six-step process, the BLUEPRINT for Marine Protected Area Success™, to achieve meaningful and sustainable conservation outcomes.


Identify prospective project sites and in-country partner organizations, based on our criteria for success.


Establish a long-term partnership agreement and begin joint fundraising for the project.


Enforcement Design:
Conduct a full assessment of the current enforcement system and develop a complete, multi-year Marine Protection System (MPS) Plan.


Put the MPS Plan into action: purchase equipment, conduct trainings and annual re-assessments, engage with the community, monitor and track progress, and modify the Plan as needed.


Provide guided mentorship to improve the efficiency of the MPS and empower partners to manage it independently.


Regional Leadership:
Confirm partners can now act as Regional Leaders with self-sufficient and complete Marine Protection Systems.

A Plan for Protection

At the core of our approach is the development of a complete WildAid Marine Protection System (MPS). We work with our partners to design an MPS that addresses five key elements that discourage illegal activity and ensure meaningful protection for MPAs.

Surveillance and Enforcement
MPAs need surveillance systems (i.e. cameras and radar) and patrol resources (i.e. boats) to find and catch poachers. We tailor resource recommendations based on local needs.

Community Engagement
We integrate fishers, tourism operators, and local people in the protection of their marine resources. We help rangers educate their communities on the value of their marine environment.

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Policies and Consequences
We work with lawyers, judges, and governments to strengthen laws and ensure meaningful consequences for poaching and other illegal activities.

Training and Mentorship
Staff must understand the system, their responsibilities, and how to operate tools. We provide training, mentorship, and professional development to build local capacity.

Consistent Funding
We develop long-term budgets that streamline operating costs and create new revenue streams to ensure the protection system has consistent, long-term funding.