In a new study, published today in the journal Scientific Reports, a team of scientists led by Florida State University’s Dean Grubbs counters a widely cited 2007 study that found that the overfishing of large sharks had led to an explosion in the population of rays, which in turn had devoured bivalves, clams and scallops along the East Coast. Read the full study here
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The opening reception for the 2016 SeaWeb Seafood Summit celebrated the formal launch of the partnership between SeaWeb and The Ocean Foundation. As President of both organizations, Mark Spalding spoke to the crowd gathered in at the summit St. Julian’s, Malta on January 31.
It is with great excitement that we join leaders from around the world in Malta for this year’s SeaWeb Seafood Summit. The 2016 Summit marks the first year of The Ocean Foundation’s new collaboration with SeaWeb. We joined forces to increase the impact and effectiveness of SeaWeb’s programs, and to deepen The Ocean Foundation’s work on sustainable seafood.
by Mark J. Spalding, President
We saw some ocean victories in 2015. As 2016 flies by, it calls upon us to move past those press releases and into action. Some of the challenges require top-level government regulatory action informed by experts. Others require the collective benefit of us all committing to actions that will help the ocean. Some require both.
Our 2016 Ocean Resolution #1:
Let’s Stop Adding to the Problem
The year 2015 brought some victories for the future of our relationship with the ocean. Now we look to 2016 as the moment when we all begin to move past those press releases and into concrete action. We can call them our New Year’s Resolutions for the Ocean.
There were a lot of great environmental movies and media projects in 2015. Here are a few of our favorites:
Mark J. Spalding, President
She Went Through a Shock While Shopping for Shoes (from Change Your Shoes)
This video connects our western consumer culture society with the places our products come from, and the people who make them. Everything this says about changing your shoes applies to how we decide what fish to eat. (Editor's note: you have to be logged in to Facebook for this one)
by Mark J. Spalding, President of The Ocean Foundation
SeaWeb Seafood Summit – The World’s Premier Conference on Seafood Sustainability
The SeaWeb Seafood Summit brings together global representatives from the seafood industry with leaders from the conservation community, academia, government and the media. The goal of the Summit is to define success and advance solutions in sustainable seafood by fostering dialogue and partnerships that lead to a seafood marketplace that is environmentally, socially and economically sustainable. The conference is produced in partnership by SeaWeb and Diversified Communications.
A letter from Mark J. Spalding, President of The Ocean Foundation
When I stand next to the ocean, I am influenced once again by her magic. I realize that deep mystical pull of my spirit toward the water’s edge has always been present.
Mark J. Spalding, President of The Ocean Foundation
Misty White Sidell, Women's Wear Daily
Call them the diamonds of the sea. Jewelry made from Mediterranean red coral has found a new, unprecedented level of desirability among Chinese consumers — whose insatiable penchant for the rare marine skeletons and their fortuitous red color has sent their cost skyrocketing by up to 500 percent in the last three years. But a double whammy of human disturbance — direct by overfishing and indirect by climate change — has left the sea’s slow-growing red coral population in a state of decimation.
Oceans Big Think - Launching the Grand Challenges for Ocean Conservation - at Scripps Institution of Oceanography
by Mark J. Spalding, President