A high score indicates that few to none of the iconic species in a country’s EEZ have been categorized by the IUCN as endangered, threatened or vulnerable. A low score indicates that many are in those categories.
The current score indicates that iconic marine species are not as well protected as possible. Substantial conservation efforts will be required in order to improve the status of many iconic species that call the ocean home.
Some iconic species, such as the loggerhead turtle, Caretta Caretta have been successfully protected. Subsequent growth of this populations suggests that similar efforts could result in substantial improvements to this sub-goal score.