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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World Oceans Day Photo Contest

First Annual World Oceans Day Photo Contest Launched
This blog originally appeared on The Ocean Project’s website.

World Oceans Day helps you make a difference in your life, community, and world by taking action to protect our ocean—for present and future generations. Despite the huge challenges facing the world’s ocean, by working together we can achieve a healthy ocean that provides for the billions of humans, plants and animals which depend on it every day. Continue reading

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Marine Conservation for the 21st Century

By Jerry McCormick-Ray and G. Carleton Ray, TOF Board of Advisor Members

Located just a few miles from San Francisco, the waters within Gulf of the Farallones National Marine Sanctuary are part of a nationally significant marine ecosystem. (Photo by Hugh D Scott)

Located just a few miles from San Francisco, the waters within Gulf of the Farallones National Marine Sanctuary are part of a nationally significant marine ecosystem. (Photo by Hugh D Scott)

There is an anxiety about the oceans that concerns us all. The icons that we wish to protect are living in an ocean undergoing change. Climate change, ocean warming, acidification, anoxia, exotic species, and massive spills and contaminants increasingly expose sea life to physiological stresses. And in a system as big as the ocean, and a complexity more daunting than easily conceived, marine conservation confronts two contrasting ethics: the desire to conserve what lives in the ocean, and the right to use the ocean and its resources for private and public gain. Preserving the ocean’s biological richness in this cultural and philosophical divide requires major shifts in long-standing beliefs and habits, reinforced by agreed-upon, defensible, and enforceable legal constraints.

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Our Sea Turtle Community

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The Green Sea Turtle is the only species to come ashore regularly to bask.

Some years back, I was at a conference in far northern Malaysia not far from the Thai border.  One of the highlights of that trip was our night visit to the Ma’Daerah Turtle Sanctuary where a release of Green Sea Turtles was happening.  It was great to have the opportunity to meet the people who are devoted to protecting the turtles and the places they depend on.  I have had the good fortune to visit sea turtle nesting sites in many different countries.  I have witnessed both the arrival of females to dig their nests and lay their eggs, and the hatching of tiny sea turtles, weighing less than half a pound.  I have marveled at their determined journey to the water’s edge, through the surf, and out to the open sea.  They never cease to amaze. Continue reading

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How Lucky to Participate in Protecting a Life So Rare

Guest blog, submitted by Debbie Greenberg
This post originally appeared on Playa Viva’s website. Playa Viva is a Friends of Fund within The Ocean Foundation and is led by David Leventhal. 

One week ago I was fortunate enough to accompany members of the La Tortuga Viva turtle sanctuary on one of their nightly patrols of the beach near Playa Viva and beyond. They search for sea turtle nests in order to protect the eggs from poachers and predators by moving them to their nursery for safekeeping until they hatch and are released.

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The Thermoregulating Ectotherm

By Jake Zadik, a former communications intern with The Ocean Foundation who is now studying in Cuba.

So, you ask, what is a thermoregulating ectotherm? The word “ectotherm” refers to animals that generally have a body temperature comparable to their surrounding environment. They cannot internally regulate their body temperature. People often refer to them as “cold-blooded”, but this term tends to misdirect people more often than not. Ectotherms include reptiles, amphibians, and fish.  These animals tend to thrive in warmer environments. Continue reading

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