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by Jaymi Heimbuch, San Francisco, California on 01.28.11

Treehugger Travel & Nature

Photo by AnnieGreenSprings via Flickr Creative Commons

Dr. Gregory Stone, Senior Vice President and Chief Ocean Scientist for Conservation International, gave an inspiring TED talk during the Mission Blue Voyage called “Saving The Ocean, One Island at a Time” during which he explained how a new strategy for protecting Kiribati’s waters could be scaled to fit many other areas of the ocean. Dr. Stone was generous enough to take time during his very busy traveling schedule to answer a few quick questions we had for him, including why profits are so important to marine preservation, strategies for local communities trying to be proactive with conservation, and how we might need to change our economies to fit the needs of the ocean. Read on for the short interview.