I spent the 8th and 9th of March in Puntarenas, Costa Rica for a Central American workshop to develop capacity for foreign ministries engaged in responding to the UN General Assembly (UNGA) Resolution 69/292 request for the negotiation of a new legal instrument to address conservation and sustainable use of biodiversity beyond national jurisdictions (BBNJ) under the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea and help the global community implement the UN Sustainable Development Goals (especially SDG14 on ocean).
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History can only repeat itself if a structure exists to frame and support its stories. Along the Chesapeake, in the narrow Nanjemoy Peninsula, the decaying 18th Century steamships of Mallows Bay are more than merely a skeletal vessel for American tales. Set to become the first of two new National Marine Sanctuaries in over two decades by NOAA, the shipwreck of Mallows Bay is a thriving archive of watershed biodiversity.
This is part one of a three-part series on the urgency for safeguarding Mallows Bay.
On January 28, I arrived in Manila, the capital of the Philippines, one of the 16 cities that make up “Metro Manila,” the most densely populated urban area in the world—reaching an estimated daytime population of 17 million people, about 1/6 of the country’s population. It was my first visit to Manila and I was excited about meeting with government officials and others to talk about ASEAN and its role in ocean issues.
Last week, the Collaborative Institute for Oceans, Climate, and Security held its first conference at the University of Massachusetts Boston Campus—appropriately, the campus is surrounded by water. The beautiful views were obscured by wet foggy weather for the first two days, but we got glorious weather on the last day.
We are so pleased by the confirmation of the amazing biodiversity and importance of the Mobile Tensaw Delta. This effort has been led by The Ocean Foundation’s Bill Finch and our partner organizations including the E.O. Wilson Foundation, the Curtis & Edith Munson Foundation, National Parks and Conservation Association, and the Walton Family Foundation.
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Release Date: December 16, 2016
49 years ago today the movie, “The Graduate,” first appeared in USA movie theaters and thus enshrined that famous line of Mr. McGuire’s about future opportunities—It is just one word, “Plastics.” He wasn’t talking about the ocean, of course. But he could have been.
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The ongoing thirst for the hippest and hoppiest IPA has taken a new turn – a conscience for conservation. North Coast Brewing Company has launched a new brew which raises money for marine mammal research and rescue with the sale of every bottle or keg.
International agreements value efforts to protect the health and wellbeing of all life on earth—from human rights to endangered species—the nations of the world have come together to figure out just how to accomplish that goal.
This past week I attended the 8th annual BlueTech & Blue Economy Summit and Tech Expo in San Diego, which is hosted by The Maritime Alliance (TMA). And, on Friday I was the keynote speaker and moderator for TMA’s first ever session for investors, philanthropists and corporate partners focused on advancing and growing blue technology innovations.
Like most of my colleagues at The Ocean Foundation, I’m always thinking about the long game. What future are we working to achieve? How can what we do now lay the groundwork for that future?
In September 2016, the biggest cruise ship to ever make the Northwest Passage through the Arctic reached New York safely after 32 days, millions of dollars in preparations, and a huge sigh of relief from all who worried that any accident would cause even more irreparable harm than the passage itself through that vulnerable landscape. In September 2016, we also learned that the sea ice cover had retreated to nearly its lowest extent ever.