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.
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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.
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The ocean is an opaque place in that there is still so much to learn about it. The life patterns of the great whales are also opaque—it is amazing what we still don’t know about these magnificent creatures. What we know is that the ocean is no longer theirs, and in many ways their future looks grim. The last week of September, I played a role in envisioning a more positive future at a three-day meeting about “Stories of the Whale: Past, Present and Future” organized by the Library of Congress and the International Fund for Animal Welfare.
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Ocean Acidification is dissolving the base of the food chain in the ocean, and threatens global food security. It is caused by the carbon emissions from our cars, planes and factories. The Ocean Foundation has been working on OA for over 13 years.
At Our Ocean 2014, we launched the Friends of the Global Ocean Acidification Observing Network (GOA-ON) to fund the expansion of the network.