AndBeyond is turning its focus to marine conservation through its Oceans Without Borders project.

The travel company plans to use its three island properties (AndBeyond Benguerra Island and AndBeyond Vamizi Island in Mozambique, AndBeyond Mnemba Island off the coast of Zanzibar) as well as its marine activities at AndBeyond Phinda Private Game Reserve in South Africa to link and influence more than 1,865 miles of Indian Ocean coastline.

The company's intent is to provide logistical support and enlarge current marine protected areas. It also wants to upgrade the areas to marine reserves, which have a higher level of protection.

"Our oceans are facing unprecedented threats," says Joss Kent, andBeyond CEO. "We are very aware that, if we don't act now, we may face a world without coral reefs and the variety of species that they support in our lifetime. Our three island properties are in places that play a critical role in restocking coral reefs and fish populations and are thus crucial to protect right now.

The ultimate aim of Oceans Without Borders is to establish a conservation model that can be exported to other marine environments that face a similar threat.

For travelers who wish to delve more deeply into the issues surrounding marine conservation, AndBeyond has put together the Oceans Without Borders Small Group Journey, an itinerary that incorporates a hands-on experience of the various marine projects running at AndBeyond Vamizi Island. This experience will be hosted by Tessa Hempson, Oceans Without Borders operations manager.

All profits from the Oceans Without Borders Small Group Journey will go back into marine conservation through the project. For more about the project and about the Oceans Without Borders Small Group Journey, visit www.andbeyond.com.

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