We are connected to the coast and ocean. Whether or not we are among the over 50% of the population who live within 50 miles of the coast, we are all dependent on our coasts and ocean for our food, health, recreation and jobs.
Human induced climate change threatens coastal and marine ecosystems through sea-level rise, acidification, and changes in weather patterns and water temperatures.
We are prepared to work closely with professional advisors from the legal, accounting, insurance, wealth management and planned giving communities, so they can best assist their clients who are interested in marine conservation.
Aquaculture makes a substantial contribution to our food supplies, so it must be done in a way that is sustainable. Specifically, TOF is looking at various closed-system technologies, including re-circulating tanks, raceways, flow-through systems, and inland ponds.
On our Ocean Acidification Initiative page you can learn about the work we are doing to research and understand OA in order to mitigate its effects. Here we have compiled some of the best resources on this topic.
Seabed Mining (SBM) is an experimental industrial field which involves extracting submerged minerals and deposits from the sea floor. There are interests both for and against seabed mining, however, the science around the environmental impact of SBM is incomplete and unproven. Below are resources we have collected to help better inform anyone looking into SBM.
If there is something of value in the water that is also of value out of the water, someone will come to take it out of the water and sell it. This is why we need to establish rights-based management and understand that using rights to promote stewardship has a prerequisite: credible governance.
There are many tools for effective fisheries management, however some have unfortunately embraced a silver bullet solution that does not address the problems effectively. Learn more here.
Human trafficking, corruption, exploitation, and other illegal violations, combined with a lack of policing and proper enforcement of international laws, is the reality of much ocean activity.The first step towards finding a solution to the abundant human rights abuses on the ocean is awareness.Here we have compiled some of the best resources relevant to the topic of human rights and the ocean.
The Sargasso Sea is estimated to hold up to 10 million metric tons of Sargassum and supports hundreds of marine species. Learn more about the The Golden Floating Rainforest and why it is so important to protect.
https://www.frontiersin.org/articles/10.3389/fmars.2016.00052/fullBlue carbon is the carbon dioxide captured by the world’s ocean and coastal ecosystems. Blue carbon is the most effective, yet overlooked, method for long term sequestration and storage of carbon.
Seagrasses are flowering plants that grow in shallow waters and be found along coastalines all over the world. Seagrasses provide both critical ecosystem services as the nurseries of the sea, and also serve as a reliable source for carbon sequestration. Between 2–7% of the earth's seagrass meadows, mangroves and other coastal wetlands are lost annually.
Established more than 300 years ago, the municipality of Loreto sits between the foothills of the Sierra La Giganta Mountains and the shores of the Loreto Bay National Marine Park in the Mexican state of Baja California Sur. This popular tourist destination possesses nearly 250 kilometers of coastline, 750 square kilometers of sea, and is dotted with 14 islands.
50 years of exponential growth in plastic production has created more than 500 years of durable, persistent pollution. The burden of using plastic responsibly should not solely rest on consumers, and consumer behavior change can only do so much. By innovating plastic production before it even reaches the end user, and focusing on recovery, recycling, and true reuse, we will reduce the amount of waste available to fill our landfills, waterways and stop it from even getting into our ocean.