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This island grows and grows on me. It is my fourth trip to Barbuda (part of the country Antigua and Barbuda) in the last six months. I am here to launch a comprehensive ocean zoning initiative called Barbuda Blue Halo, an exciting collaboration between the local government and the Waitt Foundation with the goal…
Like many Americans, I will be spending a good chunk of my summer on the water, gazing out at the ocean’s vast expanse. But this is no vacation – in fact, I’ll be miles away from the nearest beach. Instead, I’ll be out in the middle of the Pacific Ocean – and any “gazing” I…
A scientific study published today by the Public Library of Science shows that creating a no-take marine reserve brings fish back to degraded areas, and creates jobs and increases economic revenue for the local communities. I have seen it with my own eyes and, believe me, it is like a miracle, only that it is not–it’s just common business sense.
Recollections of older fishers of the local abundance of sharks in the past drives the team to search for top predators today. What they find is both encouraging and a reminder of the desperate state of much of the ocean.
Sylvia Earle Reports from the field: “Today I was able to find some patches of coral that looked really healthy, and that’s cause for hope, because if there are some that are in reasonably good condition, it means that restoration could follow…”
Following the sound of the ocean, we emerged from our pseudo-jungle onto the beach and were greeted by a sight we had not expected–marine debris.
The next morning found the expedition facing more rough conditions. With one wave following another in an unending sequence, and no island on the horizon, our team retreated to ride out the remaining hours.
On Day 1 of the trip, we boarded our new home for the upcoming week, met our crew and prepared to embark. Sitting in the berth, with expectations whirling, we had little idea of what was to come.
“Hope spots are special places like the Mesoamerican Reef that are critical to the health of the ocean, Earth’s blue heart,” said Sylvia Earle. “Our goal in exploring the Mesoamerican Reef this week is to work with the government and the people of Honduras to help protect this vital part of the Caribbean.”
This weekend’s Blue Vision Summit in Washington, D.C. wasn’t just about inspiration and idea generation. From the start, action was a top goal and priority, and today is when it really will come into play. Freshly updated on the latest issues and stats about the need to protect the ocean, some two hundred volunteers are…
Jacques Cousteau said, “People protect what they love.” It’s hard to get people to love ocean statistics. People at Blue Vision Summit 3 in Washington, D.C. this weekend are hoping perhaps they can fill in some of that gap.
When asked how she could help tackle the biggest issues facing the ocean, wildlife artist Jane Kim thought big: paintings-stretching-for-miles big. National Geographic then voted her the Viewers’ Choice Winner among 15 ideas. See Jane’s art and discover her inspiration and hopes for her Migrating Murals project.
By Enric Sala, NG Ocean Fellow The following post was originally published as a letter to the editor in The New York Times, April 20, 2011. In “Let Us Eat Fish” (Op-Ed, April 15), Ray Hilborn writes that studies showing a worldwide decline in fish stocks are exaggerated and that most fish stocks are stable.…