Celebrate Life Below Water. Eat Blue

“Why do we love the sea? It is because it has some potent power to make us think things we like to think.”

—Robert Henri, Artist

Ocean Health

The ocean covers 70% of Earth’s surface, contains 97% of Earth’s water, holds 98% of Earth’s habitat and has the tendency to capture 100% of human imagination.

Over the next decade – the Ocean Decade – our understanding of ocean ecosystems will continue to dramatically improve, new discoveries will be made, and entirely new ocean-related industries will emerge that will help conserve life below water.

One tool that helps consumers make ocean-friendly seafood choices is Seafood Watch, which was developed by the people at Monterey Bay Aquarium. The Environmental Defense Fund has the Seafood Selector that promotes “fish choices that are good for you and the ocean.” Meanwhile, Pew Charitable Trusts is leading a project to end illegal fishing, which accounts for 1 of every 5 wild fish that is taken from the ocean.

The ocean is enormously resilient, and with a little help from informed consumers we can ensure the health of our ocean and its inhabitants for the next generation.

Celebrate Life Below Water. Eat Blue

Ocean Solutions

Between Novemeber 17th and November 19th the Clean Ocean International Expert Group of the UN Decade for Ocean Science for Sustainable Development will present goals and a strategies for obtaining a clean ocean by
Researchers from the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History recently concluded that whales eat around three times more food than was previously thought. This larger increase in nutrients means that the large whales excrete
Last week, Ocean Day at COP26 led to a large coalition of Blue Leaders including government leaders and ocean advocates calling for immediate action to protect the world’s vast ocean and “to safeguard the

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Clean Waters

Through December 3rd, ministers from all over the world will convene in Geneva, Switzerland for the World Trade Organization’s upcoming 12th Ministerial Conference. Much anticipated discussion will revolve around the draft of a new
Researchers have long tried to figure out what happened about a million years ago when a major shift occurred in Earth’s climate system, resulting ice sheets. Recently, scientists extracted and analyzed cores of deep-sea
Plankton are the foundation of the marine food web as they are intricately balanced within the greater climate and carbon system. Plankton help to regulate and produce half the oxygen on Earth making them

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Coastal Protection

Nicknamed “Captain Planet,” legendary French explorer, oceanographer, and marine health advocate Jacques-Yves Cousteau has created a legacy for his vast contributions to environmental and ocean activism. Since the early 1940s Jacques-Yves Cousteau demanded that
In July 2021, The Ocean Cleanup took its first large-scale cleanup system, called System 002, or Jenny, to the Great Pacific Garbage Patch between Hawaii and California. They conducted a series of tests over
“We all know that trees fight climate change by breathing in carbon dioxide and breathing out oxygen. But what about the ocean and coastal ecosystems — how do they impact the climate crisis?” Listen/read

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Ocean Optimism

Ocean life helps produce clouds, but existing clouds keep new ones at bay. Ocean plankton breathe about 20 million tons of sulfur into the air every year. Chemical reactions can take place to result
144,000 gallons of oil have spilled into the Pacific Ocean surrounding Southern California. The spill is having devastating impacts to beach ecosystems, birds, and other ocean wildlife. Further, oil spills can harm human health
Saildrone and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration have partnered to put 5 hurricane drones into the Atlantic Ocean where hurricanes frequent with the hopes of gathering data to better forecast dangerous storms. On September

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Marine Protected Areas

The impact of climate change seems far-off and abstract until it directly impacts your community. On September 1, 2019 Hurricane Dorian made a direct hit to my island home in The Bahamas. While I
For centuries, island nations have harnessed and nurtured a close relationship with the ocean. Fishing practices deeply rooted in cultural ties to nature and respect for the nearby waters and food resources have created

Ocean Conservation

The eruption of a volcano on La Palma in the Canary Islands killed everything in sight on land and near the ocean. However, unlike on land, where lava lays lifeless for decades, research shows
This week, over 100 countries publicly committed to protecting 30% of the ocean by 2030 at the United Nations event, Transformative Action for Nature and People. The international alignment around the “30 by 30″ conservation goal
Bluefin tuna is one of the largest fastest, and longest-lived migratory marine species in the world. These qualities have prompted researchers to study how various species of Bluefin tuna can be used as local
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