The global dialogue around the environmental sustainability of seafood and corporate social responsibility in the seafood industry is too often dominated by voices and perspectives from the global north. Meanwhile, the impacts of illegal and unfair labor practices and unsustainable fishing and aquaculture activities are felt by everyone, particularly those from under-represented and under-resourced regions.
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Latin American and Caribbean Regional Symposium on Ocean Acidification - 21-24th of January, 2019
The objective of the symposium is for attendees to leave with an understanding of what implications ocean acidification has on their work and what tools are available to integrate ocean acidification monitoring, mitigation, and resilience into their work.
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Gathering to talk about ocean issues, climate change, and other challenges to our collective well-being is important—face to face workshops and conferences bolster collaboration and foster innovation—especially when the purpose is clear and the goal is to produce a blue print or implementation plan for change.
Host institute: Instituto de Investigaciones Marinas y Costeras (INVEMAR), Santa Marta, Colombia
Dates: 21-24th of January, 2019
Organizers: The Ocean Foundation
The US Department of State
The Swedish International Development Agency
The Global Ocean Acidification Observing Network (GOA-ON)
Seventeen named storms struck the greater Caribbean region in 2017—wreaking havoc on human communities and natural resources alike. So many families lost loved ones, their livelihoods, and their homes—it is hard to measure the magnitude of the emotional effects even as we strive to address what we can measure. At the one year mark of the recovery from Hurricane Maria’s devastating impact on St. Croix, Puerto Rico, and other American islands, we know that it may be decades before the human communities and natural resources fully recover.
PocketChange selects The Ocean Foundation as the #1 charity to support for ocean conservation
PocketChange, an action facilitation company, partners with The Ocean Foundation to enable micro-giving online in one click based on organic content people engage with.
In July, I spent four days at The Klosters Forum, an intimate small-town setting in the Swiss Alps that fosters more innovative collaborations by bringing together disruptive and inspirational minds to tackle some of the world’s most pressing environmental challenges. Klosters’ welcoming hosts, the clear mountain air and the produce and cheese from the artisanal farm meeting site are designed to enable thoughtful and neutral conversations among expert participants.
During the summer of 2016, while many of my friends had desk jobs in big cities, traveled to the beach for long weekends, and got their shark thrills via “Shark Week” every summer, I decided to stick to being in school and traded in a desk for the lab. While “Shark Week” is less of a train wreck than it used to be, I prefer real life sharks and real science to the often sensationalized television or movie programs concerning sharks. I’ve focused on sharks for the last few years, working at a shark lab in the Bahamas, and then continuing on to graduate school at Duke University.
At a time where the world is faced with herculean challenges, it is imperative that we engage the passion, idealism, and energy found within the youth of today. Among the many World Oceans Day 2018 initiatives to mobilize this valuable source of new energy was the Sea Youth Rise Up campaign, first launched for World Oceans Day 2016 by The Ocean Project, Big Blue & You, and the Youth Ocean Conservation Summit.
Blue waves of t-shirts, hats, and signs flooded the National Mall on Saturday, June 9th. The first ever March for the Ocean (M4O) was held in Washington, DC on a hot, humid day. People came from all over the world to advocate for the preservation of one of our greatest necessities, the ocean. Making up 71% of the earth's surface, the ocean plays a crucial role in the wellbeing of the world and ecosystem cycle. It unites people, animals, and cultures.
As you head out to the beach of your choice this summer, take special note of an essential part of the beach: the sand. Sand is something that we think of as plentiful; it covers beaches around the world and it is the main component of deserts. However, not all sand is created equal and as the world’s population continues to grow, our need for sand increases. Thus it becomes more and more clear that sand is a finite resource.
The Ocean Acidification Monitoring and Mitigation project (OAMM) is a public-private partnership between TOF’s International Ocean Acidification Initiative (IOAI) and the U.S. Department of State. OAMM engages government, civil society, and private stakeholders on building capacity of scientists in the Pacific Islands and Latin America and the Caribbean to monitor, understand, and respond to ocean acidification. This is done through regional training workshops, development and delivery of affordable monitoring equipment, and provision of long-term mentorship.