And if you need a pick-me-up, we recommend checking out Ayana Elizabeth Johnson’s Top 20 Ocean Conservation Wins of 2017. In particular, she notes that during 2017 South Africa, Mozambique, Madagascar, Argentina, Montserrat, Mexico, and Brazil all committed to developing national marine spatial plans.

And if you still need something to cheer you up, try swimming around in these virtual reality 360° videos from the #OurBluePlanet project: Turtley-Awesome, Hammerhead Sharks, and Barracuda Tornado, and Diving Under Icebergs With A Seal In Antarctica.