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Ocean Conservation

The Small-Town Boy Who Charted a New Course for Our Oceans

Lee Crockett | Posted 02.19.2015 | Green
Lee Crockett

"You could see the impact of the waste. I remember thinking that this couldn't last," recalled Bill Hogarth Hogarth, the head of ocean fisheries under President George W. Bush and now the director of the Florida Institute of Oceanography. I caught up with him recently when I went to Florida.

Why a (Nearly) Deserted Island Gives Me Hope for the Oceans

Mark Tercek | Posted 02.19.2015 | Green
Mark Tercek

In addition to what we're learning about predators, Palmyra Atoll is shedding new light on the effects of climate change. The atoll's corals appear to be more resilient to bleaching events and ocean acidification than corals around developed areas. The research is encouraging.

What's Happened to All the Striped Bass?

Lee Crockett | Posted 01.21.2015 | Green
Lee Crockett

Striped bass are declining. That's particularly bad news because this species was once considered the success story for how an acutely depleted fish population could recover from years of overfishing.

The CEO Interview: Chad Nelsen, Surfrider Foundation

Lynda Decker | Posted 01.15.2015 | Green
Lynda Decker

Sunshine, soft sand beneath your feet, the squeals of children splashing in waves -- these are the memories of summer vacations. Chad Nelsen wants your children's children to have these memories too.

To Fight Disease, Protect the Ocean

Dr. Ellen Prager | Posted 01.12.2015 | Science
Dr. Ellen Prager

Along with the world's rainforests, the ocean harbors a plethora of potentially effective drugs to combat human ailments and greatly improve human health. Many of these pharmaceuticals remain undiscovered or are in the preliminary phase of testing.

Obama Should Designate Marine National Monuments In Alaska

Richard Steiner | Posted 03.04.2015 | Green
Richard Steiner

While political and business interests in Alaska are likely to oppose such new federal marine protections, it is important to note that federal waters off Alaska are co-owned an co-managed by all Americans, and all Americans have a say in their management.

Orca Rescue

Nadia Aly | Posted 02.03.2015 | Impact
Nadia Aly

Dr. Ingrid Visser dedicates her life and her research to help the most intelligent predator on earth -- Orca. She swims with wild orca and advocates for modern solutions to release orcas from captivity.

Giving Thanks for a Life-Changing Adventure--And More

Lee Crockett | Posted 01.24.2015 | Green
Lee Crockett

This Thanksgiving I'm grateful for one simple act that set my life's course. Shortly after high school graduation, I picked up an issue of National G...

Can Ocean Health Be Saved Through Underwater Apps?

Brett Greene | Posted 01.22.2015 | Denver
Brett Greene

On the last EcoWatch report card our oceans received a "D" grade. This grade is based on factors including pollution, overfishing and the impacts of climate change, biodiversity, carbon storage, coastal protection, clean waters, natural products, coastal livelihoods, economies, tourism and recreation.

The Ecosystem That Is Disappearing Faster Than Any Other on Earth

Forest Trends | Posted 01.06.2015 | Green
Forest Trends

Mangrove forest Mangroves--the uniquely salt-adapted trees and shrubs that line our tropical and subtropical coasts, the critical membrane betw...

The Fish That Inspired a Woman to Help Save a Species

Lee Crockett | Posted 01.04.2015 | Green
Lee Crockett

Shana Miller was fresh out of college in 1998 when she came face-to-face with one of the fastest fish in the sea. She and her friends battled for three hours to haul a 154-pound bluefin tuna aboard their boat off the Maryland coast. And when she finally looked the creature in the eye, she felt something unexpected.

Positive News: This Week in Daily Giving

Ari Nessel | Posted 12.11.2014 | Impact
Ari Nessel

Since Jan. 1, 2013, The Pollination Project has been giving daily micro grants to emerging projects and inspiring people all over the world. Here are the extraordinary people and projects that our Daily Giving Community is honored to support this week.

Japan Wages Whale War, Sea Shepherd to the Rescue

Dr. Reese Halter | Posted 11.30.2014 | Green
Dr. Reese Halter

Instead of a truce, Japan intends on mercilessly annihilating more sentient, highly complex social whales to feed a burgeoning domestic dog food market. It's bloody wrong, it's ecocide and it's illegal.

Congress Needs to Think Big About Fish

Lee Crockett | Posted 11.24.2014 | Green
Lee Crockett

Ecosystem-based fisheries management may sound complex, but there are concrete, cost-effective steps to make it a reality, including conserving habitat where fish spawn and protecting food sources for fish.

Need or Greed? Biodiversity, Conservation and Ocean Health

Peter Neill | Posted 11.10.2014 | Green
Peter Neill

Since the founding of the World Ocean Observatory more than a decade ago, I have attended many conferences and international meetings on ocean and cli...

Plastiglomerate: The Rock of the Future Made Into Sculpture

Rachel Mason | Posted 10.29.2014 | Arts
Rachel Mason

In 2013 the Canadian artist Kelly Jazvac and a geologist Patricia Corcoran discovered a new form of stone: they called it plastiglomerate, congealed masses of plastic waste merged with oceanic lava rock, coral, and sediment.

16 Reasons To Love (And Respect) The Ocean

The Huffington Post | Carla Herreria | Posted 12.28.2014 | Green

The ocean can be described in an endless number of ways. It's refreshing, beautiful and humbling. It's vast, mysterious and terrifying. It's magnifice...

Dear John, We Need to Talk: Will You Commit to Our Oceans' Future?

Kumi Naidoo | Posted 07.27.2014 | Green
Kumi Naidoo

With more than half of our oceans lying beyond the authority of any one country, a global protection framework is essential, as you've said, to safeguard the health of the oceans and enable the implementation of important tools such as environmental impact assessments and marine reserves.

Sustainable Tourism Education: What Is the Responsibility of Attractions?

Dr. Dave Randle | Posted 05.15.2014 | Green
Dr. Dave Randle

It is an impressive attraction that houses over 100,000 animals, representing 500 species, in 10 million gallons of water. When the Georgia Aquarium opened in 2005, it was the largest Aquarium in the world.

Calamari Safari

Edith Widder | Posted 05.10.2014 | Green
Edith Widder

We live on an ocean planet and the U.S. is an ocean nation. Our country includes more land underwater than above. It might behoove us to remember those facts as we set our country's spending priorities going forward.

The Farallon Islands Mouse Eradication Project: The 'Con' in Conservation

Maggie Sergio | Posted 03.09.2014 | Green
Maggie Sergio

If this 1.3 metric ton poison drop is allowed to move forward, thousands of wild animals will be inhumanely poisoned, and in turn, those killed become a poisoned food source for other animals.

Manta Ballet

Nadia Aly | Posted 02.26.2014 | Impact
Nadia Aly

The duo teamed up over the past year to create stunning imagery of Hannah with endangered Whale Sharks, Humpback Whales, Pilot Whales and Dolphins.

Can Superfund Save This Garbage-Strewn Island?

Miyoko Sakashita | Posted 02.09.2014 | Green
Miyoko Sakashita

We have a responsibility to protect this island -- and, in fact, all ocean habitats -- from the scourge of plastic pollution.

Q&A With Andreas Merkl: Dialogues on the Environment

Mark Tercek | Posted 01.25.2014 | Green
Mark Tercek

In this ongoing series, I talk with thought leaders about ideas and trends in the environmental movement. Next in the series is my conversation with Ocean Conservancy President and CEO Andreas Merkl.

This Fishing Technique Is Killing Our Oceans

Pénélope Bagieu | Posted 01.25.2014 | Green
Pénélope Bagieu

If this mass deforestation took place on land, it would be a devastating sight. (FYI, it would destroy Paris in a day and a half.)