Author: Mark J. Spalding, President
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Author: Mark J. Spalding, President of The Ocean Foundation
Recently one of my peers referred to doing more conservation as addressing the problem of how to take marine protection to scale. Covering nearly 70% of the planet and home to thousands of species of plants and animals, the ocean certainly represents a huge management problem.
Brands who are passionate about sustainability and the ocean—like longtime partner Columbia Sportswear—have been donating product to The Ocean Foundation to be used by projects in the field for three years. By formalizing this model into a partnership program, field researchers can now share updates with participating brands, share photos and social media posts and even wear test products and equipment in the field. The Ocean Foundation has implemented the Program to both provide a value-add to their current partners and attract the attention of new ones.
Artist Jen Richards, has been obsessed with marine life for as long as she since she can remember. Fortunately, we had the opportunity to interview her and talk about her most recent and ongoing project, Sharks and Rays for 31 Days. Jen has challenged herself to illustrate a different species of shark or ray every day throughout the month of July to raise funds for conservation.
Jessie Neumann, TOF Communications Assistant
Author: Luke Elder, Research Analyst, The Ocean Foundation
WHAT IS THE PROBLEM?
We like to think that parts of The Ocean Foundation community gather regularly— at scientific meetings, in our offices, and on other occasions— all individual but sharing a dedication to the health of the ocean and the people who depend on it. Recently, some members of community were gathered in a different way— in the pages of ORIGIN Magazine’s recent issue dedicated to the oceans.
No one set out to make the vaquita go extinct exactly. It was no one's target species. It is not intentionally caught in the gillnets that plague its tiny range in the northern Gulf of California. But it is, thanks to both the legal shrimp gillnet fisheries and the illegal take of Totoaba, the Chinese demand for this highly prized endangered fish species for which coincides with accelerating loss of vaquita. Thus, this beautiful little porpoise is heading in the wrong direction.
When Life Gives You Lemons, Assess Their Mating Characteristics, Growth, and Survival
Alex Aines, Shark Researcher and TOF Intern
Happy World Oceans Day! The ocean connects people across the Earth. It regulates our climate, feeds millions of people, produces oxygen, absorbs carbon and supports an incredible array of wildlife. In order to ensure the health and safety of future generations, we must take responsibility to care for the ocean as it cares for us. As we start to celebrate together on this important day, we need to understand that the ocean needs us not only today, but every single day.
Here are 8 actions you can take to protect and celebrate the ocean today, tomorrow and every day:
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