On the CREST of Sustainable Coastal Tourism: Part 4

By Mark J. Spalding, President, The Ocean Foundation

The CTO/CREST 3rd Symposium for Innovators in Coastal Tourism I wrote about several days ago ended with a series of impassioned speeches that began with Grenada’s Ambassador to the US, Angus Friday, asking all of the delegates in attendance to redouble their efforts to share knowledge about sustainable tourism practices and opportunities, implement those practices, and expand the scope of the practices already undertaken.  Continue reading

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On the CREST of Sustainable Coastal Tourism: Part 3

By Mark J. Spalding, President, The Ocean Foundation

For the past several days, I have been writing about the 3rd Symposium for Innovators in Coastal Tourism, which was held in Grenada from July 8th to the 11th.   The Ocean Foundation helped sponsor the Symposium because it brings together an array of dedicated people who want to ensure that the world’s fastest growing industry—travel and tourism—is pushed towards better practices that will help communities and travelers alike benefit from this phenomenon.  Continue reading

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On the CREST of Sustainable Coastal Tourism: Part 2

By Mark J. Spalding, President, The Ocean Foundation

The CTO/CREST 3rd Symposium for Innovators in Coastal Tourism I wrote about several days ago opened with a ceremony that included the formal presentation of all of the flags of participating nations and territories of the Caribbean Tourism Organization solemnly carried one at a time by the members of a Grenadian youth organization.  It also included speeches that laid out the breadth and depth of the region’s dependence on tourism, economically, and the corollary environmental effects that needed to be mitigated in order to help nations make the most of their natural resources.  Continue reading

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The Ocean Solution

By Richard Salas

With the decline of the big-fish species in the last 50-60 years our ocean’s food web is out of balance, which spells trouble for us all.  The ocean is responsible for over 50% of our oxygen and regulates our climate. We need to take swift action to protect, preserve and restore our oceans or we stand to lose everything. The ocean covers 71 percent of our planet’s surface, and holds 97 percent of its water. I believe that as a species we need to focus more of our conservation attention on this, the largest piece of the planetary survival puzzle. Continue reading

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On the CREST of Sustainable Coastal Tourism

By Mark J. Spalding, President, The Ocean Foundation

Many of us who support ocean conservation do so by supporting and advising those who are actually getting their hands wet in the work, or those who champion the protection of endangered species at global and national ocean governance gatherings.  It is rare that I get to spend a little time in or even near the ocean.  Continue reading

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A once in a lifetime invitation to explore the wildest corner of the Caribbean

By Fernando Bretos, Director of CMRC

IMG_1991-2This October will mark the 54th year of the US embargo against Cuba. While recent polls show that even a majority of Cuban-Americans now strongly oppose this policy, it remains stubbornly in place. Continue reading

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An End To An Era, And A Look Into Our Next Decade

By Mark J. Spalding, President, The Ocean Foundation

It is with a mixture of sorrow and pride that I announce that I have accepted the resignation of our founding Chair, Wolcott Henry from the Board of The Ocean Foundation. Continue reading

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As Oceans Month Draws to an End

By Mark J. Spalding, President, The Ocean Foundation

June 8 was World Oceans Day, the President declared June to be National Oceans Month and many seem to have decided that is should be a global effort, deeming June World Oceans Month.  I certainly feel that I have been immersed in ocean events and am excited to keep the momentum going. Continue reading

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World Oceans Day: A Chance to Remember Complex Connections

By Mark J. Spalding, President, The Ocean Foundation

In advance of my most recent trip to Mexico, I had the good fortune to participate with other ocean-minded colleagues, including TOF Board member Samantha Campbell, in an “Ocean Big Think” solutions brainstorming workshop at the X-Prize Foundation in Los Angeles.  Many good things happened that day but one of them was the encouragement by our facilitators to focus on those solutions that touch the most ocean threats, rather than address a single problem. Continue reading

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Todos Santos: Conserving and Changing

By Mark J. Spalding, President, The Ocean Foundation

Greetings from sunny Todos Santos, the second largest town in the municipality of La Paz, which was founded in 1724.  Today it is a small community that plays host to thousands of visitors each year who admire its architecture, enjoy its fine food, and wander the galleries and other shops tucked into its low stucco buildings.  Nearby, the long stretches of sandy beach offer opportunities to surf, sun, and swim. Continue reading

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