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World Oceans Day

Desalination for a Drought-Plagued California

Peter Neill | Posted 08.18.2015 | Green
Peter Neill

The present drought in California is a highly visible realization of our lack of water awareness and its destructive undermining of the financial structure and social organization we have built. If we fail in California, how can we succeed anywhere else?

Game Changer in Fight Against Illegal Fishing

Tony Long | Posted 06.13.2015 | Green
Tony Long

Project Eyes on the Seas combines satellite monitoring of the oceans with other information, such as fishing-vessel databases and oceanographic data, to help authorities detect suspicious fishing activity far more efficiently than has been possible in the past.

Cleaning Up the Oceans' 'Plastic Soup'

Dianna Cohen | Posted 06.12.2015 | Green
Dianna Cohen

While cleaning up this mess in the ocean is important and, in fact plastic and micro-plastics have now been discovered in every ocean in the world, including in the Arctic ice, the truth is that we must become part of the solution by putting energy toward source reduction.

High Hopes for the High Seas!

Dame Meg Taylor | Posted 06.12.2015 | Green
Dame Meg Taylor

Unfortunately, marine debris dumped by faraway lands, as well as some dumped by islands with dwindling amounts of usable land, threatens our livelihoods, our culture and our economies.

Blueprint for Saving Cuba's Coral Reefs

Luis A. Solórzano | Posted 06.12.2015 | Green
Luis A. Solórzano

Cuban coral reefs -- accounting for nearly a third of the coral reefs in the Caribbean -- do not appear to exhibit the more widespread disease and mortality occurring in other sites of the region.

Kate Sheppard

Sustainable Fisheries Have More Economic Benefits | Kate Sheppard | Posted 06.11.2015 | Green

Sustainable methods of fishing are often touted for environmental benefits. But a new report finds they also yield more wealth than current techniques...

Richard Branson: 'Investing in the Future by Taking Care of the Ocean'

Richard Branson | Posted 06.11.2015 | Green
Richard Branson

We know that sharks and rays are enormously threatened. The numbers are staggering. Recent studies estimate that at least 100 million sharks are caught and killed each and every year, mostly for their fins in unregulated or illegal fisheries.

Restocking Maine's Salmon Population

Orri Vigfússon | Posted 06.11.2015 | Green
Orri Vigfússon

By creating this oceanic "sanctuary" in partnership with the Atlantic Salmon Federation (ASF), NASF has been able to direct its efforts toward improving conditions and increasing the survival rates of salmon present in coastal waters and rivers.

The Magic Wand That Can Protect Our Fish

Brad Sewell | Posted 06.11.2015 | Green
Brad Sewell

The attacks on this successful system seem fueled by collective amnesia, intended to take us back to a time when fishing boats all too frequently came back empty and ecosystems were ravaged.

To Save the Whales, You Must First Save the Sardines

Drew Caputo | Posted 06.11.2015 | Green
Drew Caputo

We need to ensure that we consider the needs of predators in the ecosystem rather than taking the myopic view that we're doing okay as long as populations aren't crashing.

Sea Speed Limits Save Whales

Michael Moore | Posted 06.10.2015 | Green
Michael Moore

Spending substantial time at or near the surface make North Atlantic right whales susceptible to ship strikes, as does their migratory route along the busy waterways of the North American Eastern seaboard.

What to Do About the Great Pacific Garbage Patch

Katie Allen | Posted 06.10.2015 | Green
Katie Allen

Many would say the "plastic pollution awakening" happened in 1997, when Captain Charles Moore discovered the swirling soup of plastic debris in the Pacific's northeastern gyre -- known by many as the Great Pacific Garbage Patch.

The Turning Point in Saving Malaysian Turtles

Nicolas Pilcher | Posted 06.10.2015 | Green
Nicolas Pilcher

While in Florida, the Malaysian Department of Fisheries' Director General and I submitted a turtle-excluder device (TED) that had been designed specifically for use in Malaysia to the NMFS for rigorous testing. Every turtle escaped in less than one minute. This was a crucial turning point.

This Island Nation Is a Global 'Hope Spot'

Wayne Sentman | Posted 06.09.2015 | Green
Wayne Sentman

Due to Palau's strong market for snorkel and scuba ecotourism, a single live reef shark is worth roughly US$1.9 million over its lifetime (compared with a value of US$108 for a dead shark). The designation of Palau's shark sanctuary fueled a global campaign, and today 10 other countries have followed suit, creating more than 4.9 million square miles of shark sanctuary.

Refuse, Reduce, Reuse, Recycle, Remove -- Project Kaisei Advocates for All Five R's

Mary T. Crowley | Posted 06.09.2015 | Green
Mary T. Crowley

The very act of picking up plastics creates awareness and change in behavior. People engaged in cleanup often inspire changed behavior in others around them.

Cleaning Up the Beach, Three Pieces of Trash at a Time

Amanda Marechal | Posted 06.09.2015 | Green
Amanda Marechal

Take 3 is an Australian not-for-profit organisation with a simple message: Take three pieces of rubbish with you when you leave the beach, waterway or...anywhere, and you have made a difference.

Cameras Deep Under the Ocean Surface Reveal Crucial Secrets

Lauren De Vos | Posted 06.09.2015 | Green
Lauren De Vos

The big change? The rapid evolution of camera technology had lowered the price of cameras available to the average user. The advent of GoPros made high-quality filming a reality for surfers, divers -- and scientists.

6 Signs of Hope For Our Blue World

Sebastian Troeng | Posted 06.10.2015 | Green
Sebastian Troeng

There is no doubt: We need significant action to secure ocean health and prosperity for the people that depend on it. Several recent developments make me confident that we can put oceans on a path to recovery.

How Barbuda Enacted One of the World's Most Successful Ocean Conservation Efforts

Ocean Unite | Posted 06.08.2015 | Impact
Ocean Unite

A certain level of idealism is needed when deciding to pursue ocean conservation work professionally. While idealism can serve as a kind of moral compass, it can quickly become a hindrance when conservationists attempt to convince foreign communities or governments to enact specific policies.

Our Fate Is Tied To Our Ocean

Catherine A. Novelli | Posted 06.08.2015 | Green
Catherine A. Novelli

It's not an exaggeration to say that we depend upon the ocean for our very existence. Covering almost three-quarters of the planet, the mighty ocean is a natural resource like no other. Our fate is inextricably tied to the ocean's fate and the ocean is in trouble. Each of us needs to take action to keep the ocean healthy.

Prizes and Innovation Can Save Our Oceans

XPRIZE | Posted 06.08.2015 | Green

What would you do with $10 million to incentivize breakthrough technologies to save our oceans?

World Oceans Day Provides Chance to Reflect and Protect

John F. Calvelli | Posted 06.10.2015 | Green
John F. Calvelli

The oceans act as food provider, climate regulator, oxygen source, transportation network, and recreation base for all the world's people and serve as home for much of the world's wildlife. We need to start treating oceans like the precious and limited resource that they have always been.

Where the Fish Go, Divers Will Follow

Enric Sala | Posted 06.08.2015 | Green
Enric Sala

Think of the ocean now as a bank account where everybody withdraws but nobody makes a deposit. We're taking fish out of the ocean faster than they can replenish. In contrast, marine reserves are savings accounts, with a principal set aside that produces returns.

On World Oceans Day, Biscayne National Park Paves the Way for Protecting Corals and Fish Populations with New Marine Reserve

Theresa Pierno | Posted 06.08.2015 | Green
Theresa Pierno

After 15 years of hard work and planning, we are thrilled to celebrate a major victory at Biscayne National Park. The National Park Service recently announced plans to create a no-fishing marine reserve that will protect about a third of the park's reefs, which are in desperate need of recovery and stronger protections.

How People Of The Pacific Are Navigating Us To A Better Future

Nainoa Thompson | Posted 06.08.2015 | Hawaii
Nainoa Thompson

We are exploring not just the ocean, but the edges of human grace, compassion, and courage.