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Andreas Merkl
Andreas Merkl is the President and CEO of Ocean Conservancy, which educates and empowers citizens to take action on behalf of the ocean. From the Arctic to the Gulf of Mexico to the halls of Congress, Andreas leads the organization’s efforts to tackle the ocean’s biggest challenges with science-based solutions.

With a background in environmental science, resource economics and business, Andreas is particularly interested in determining the ocean’s rightful role in answering the central question of our time: how to meet the enormous resource demands of a rapidly growing global population without destroying the natural systems that sustain us.

Entries by Andreas Merkl

Turning the Tide on Ocean Trash

(3) Comments | Posted May 20, 2015 | 1:14 PM

Just last weekend, I was in Rhode Island -- the Ocean State -- for the Volvo Ocean Race. Sailors from seven teams competing from around the world talked to me about the amount of plastic they were seeing in the ocean, and how concerned they were about the...

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Don't Forget the Ocean This Earth Day

(0) Comments | Posted April 22, 2015 | 1:24 PM


On April 22, 1970, the environmental movement was born when as many as 20 million Americans took to the streets to put the health of the planet front and center on the nation's political agenda. Inspired by Rachel Carson's Silent Spring (1962), outraged...

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Sounding a Royal Alarm for the Ocean

(0) Comments | Posted March 25, 2015 | 11:06 AM

Last Wednesday, His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales, speaking in Washington, DC, to an audience of 100 governmental, corporate and nonprofit leaders, sounded the alarm about the ever-increasing quantities of plastic waste entering the ocean. He cited a recent study in the journal Science which stated that,...

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Ocean Conservancy Talks Trash... and Solutions

(1) Comments | Posted June 12, 2014 | 10:54 AM

Plastic in our ocean -- I think we can all agree this isn't a good combination. The question is what do we do about it? This year, Ocean Conservancy and our partners collected the largest amount of trash in the 28-year history of our International Coastal Cleanup. In that time,...

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Oil Disaster Trial Phase 2: BP vs. Reality

(5) Comments | Posted October 22, 2013 | 4:57 PM

Hundreds of Birds are feeling the Effects

It's been more than three years since the BP Deepwater Horizon oil disaster grabbed worldwide attention. The explosive blowout that tragically claimed the lives of 11...

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Preserving Our Underwater World

(2) Comments | Posted June 3, 2013 | 1:56 PM

Click here to read an original op-ed from the TED speaker who inspired this post and watch the TEDTalk below.

The master illusionist Jean Hugard once said that genuine magic demands perfect simplicity of execution.

Those of us fortunate enough to explore the wonders beneath...

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The Ocean in a High Carbon Dioxide World

(18) Comments | Posted March 25, 2013 | 4:30 PM

It's easy to take for granted the many ways that the ocean keeps us alive; it sustains much of the air we breathe, the food we eat, the water we drink and the climate that surrounds us. The complex ocean systems that produce these benefits -- from currents and photosynthesis...

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Help Us Shape a Vision for a Healthy Planet

(1) Comments | Posted March 5, 2013 | 5:46 PM

At the Ocean Conservancy, we're working to ensure a healthy ocean because we know that the ocean sustains us. The oxygen we breathe, the protein we eat, the moderate climates we enjoy, the joys of fishing, boating, diving and surfing, the easy global transfer of goods, and even the water...

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Making Waves as Ocean Conservancy's New President and CEO

(1) Comments | Posted February 13, 2013 | 3:14 PM

As is the case with many career paths, my journey toward joining Ocean Conservancy as President and CEO is a long and circuitous one, and it begins with a childhood spent playing along the Rhine River in Cologne, Germany. Inspired by the post-war environmental awakening in industrial...

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