Conserving the marine environment involves the management of human activities, and as such it is primarily a political process. Science has an important supporting role in such process, and Tethys has actively worked to provide robust scientific knowledge to marine conservation.
Contributions include attracting decision-makers’ attention on emerging issues, such as collision with ships and effects of noise, proactive participation in the international conservation effort, and the proposal of place-based conservation measures such s marine protected areas.