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Growing up in the suburbs of Baltimore, I never really spent too much time around great bodies of water. When it came to the ocean, my stance, like most of those around me, was out of sight, out of mind. Although I’d learned in school about how the ocean, which provides us with water and food, was in danger, the thought of sacrificing time and effort to save the ocean hardly seemed like my calling. Perhaps the task just felt too vast and foreign. Besides, what could little ol’ me do from my land-locked house in Baltimore suburbia?
The Boyd N. Lyon Sea Turtle Fund was established in honor of Boyd Lyon, a true ocean hero. Boyd dedicated his life to sea turtle conservation and protection. The scholarship Committee Advised Fund provides an annual scholarship to a marine biology student whose research is focused on sea turtles. This year, Quintin Bergman is the recipient. We were able to catch up with Bergman (virtually of course) while he was in the field studying nesting sea turtles.
Three nations share the Gulf of Mexico abundant resources—Cuba, Mexico, and the United States. It is our shared heritage and our shared responsibility because it is also our shared legacy to future generations. Thus, we must also share knowledge to further understanding of how best to manage the Gulf of Mexico collaboratively and sustainably.
Women in the Water — Part II: Eye on the Horizon
To wrap up Women’s History Month, we bring you Part II of our Women in the Water series! We are honored to be in the company of such brilliant and passionate women and to hear about their amazing experiences as conservationists in the marine world. While there evidently are still battles to be fought, these women are making waves, and empowering and inspiring others to do the same.
Seagrasses are aquatic flowering plants that are found along a broad latitudinal range. As one of the planets most effective and efficient coastal systems for carbon sequestration, proper conservation and management of seagrass meadows is critical to combat the global loss of seagrasses. Carbon storage is one of many ecosystem services provided by seagrass beds. Seagrasses also provide a nursery ground for commercially and recreationally harvested species of fishes and invertebrates, serve as a storm buffer to developed coastlines and improve water quality (Figure 1).
The Ocean Foundation (TOF) has initiated a Request for Proposal (RFP) process to identify an organization qualified to conduct a blue carbon restoration project in seagrass, saltmarsh, or mangrove habitat to pilot the use of blue carbon restoration in the local mitigation of ocean acidification (OA). The restoration project must occur in Fiji, Palau, Papua New Guinea, or Vanuatu. The selected organization will be required to work with a TOF-designated science partner in the country of their project.
Women in the Water — Part I: Diving In
2018 SeaWeb Seafood Summit
Join international leaders and representatives from the seafood industry to collaborate, connect, and create a global marketplace that is environmentally, socially and economically sustainable.
If you're concerned about President Trump's Draft Proposed Program (DPP) for the 2019-2024 Outer Continental Shelf Oil and Gas Leasing Program, you're not alone! Here are a few ways you can make your voice heard.
Digitally - through March 9, 2018
Our natural waters are a key source of food, livelihood and beauty for people all over the world. Luke's Lobster has partnered with The Ocean Foundation to make a long-term commitment to the coasts. Through the partnership, activities will be funded that:
- Keep our coastal waterways healthy
- Strengthen economic opportunities for fishing communities