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

Anchovies are a key part of the Pacific Ocean’s food web. They are nutrient-rich fish that are important prey for more than 50 species of marine wildlife, from albacore tuna and chinook salmon to
Engineers at Caltech, ETH Zurich, and Harvard are developing artificial intelligence that will allow autonomous drones to use ocean currents to navigate the oceans. The goal of these artificial intelligence monitoring systems would be
A bluefin tuna has washed up on a UK beach in the Dornie, Highlands, a place you wouldn’t ever expect to see this rare fish. Experts called in to observe the scene infer that

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Clean Waters

The ocean traditionally acts as buffer to increased atmospheric warming because it absorbs carbon dioxide and resultantly ” has absorbed over 90% of global heating.” When the ocean absorbs CO2, it is then taken
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
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

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Coastal Protection

Coastal marine species are adapting to life in plastic. Human plastics that have made their way into the open ocean are providing artificial habitats for otherwise coastal bound species. Researchers used to believe that
“Deep below what Herman Melville called ‘the ocean’s skin’, sound is the only viable sense, adding mystery to a world we know so little about.” The ocean is a giant conductor of strange noises
In 1969, the CSS Hudson left Nova Scotia and voyaged out into open ocean. The research vessel was embarking on the first complete circumnavigation of the Americas. Along the journey, the Hudson made frequent

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Ocean Optimism

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
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

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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

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
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
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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