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Citizens & Science

The line separating Scientists and Citizens is blurring as together, we learn how to change the world for the better:  Scientists need data and regular folk have the will and skills to help. Blue Ocean highlights ocean issues and the marine citizen scientists and marine conservation organizations working to protect the world’s ocean environment. As a citizen scientist there is a program for you whether its reef restoration, fish counts, whale sightings, water quality surveys, invasive species monitoring, Turtle watches and so much more. 

“Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.”
Nelson Mandela

Tips On How You Can Be A Reef-Friendly Traveler

Tips On How You Can Be A Reef-Friendly Traveler

Remember that first experience of snorkeling through warm, crystal clean water and looking down into a world of vibrantly colored corals and endless marine life. That’s what hooked me decades ago. Today our coral reefs are threatened as never before. However, by...

Coral Reef Gardening: Try Voluntourism when next in Paradise

Coral Reef Gardening: Try Voluntourism when next in Paradise

Here’s a great idea for your next vacation. Pick a tropical island paradise--Fiji for example. Get wet in the pristine waters and break out the scuba gear. But most important, turn your vacation from tourism to voluntourism. Become a citizen scientist on a mission....

Ocean Lovers Gather for a CORALPALOOZA On World Oceans Day

Ocean Lovers Gather for a CORALPALOOZA On World Oceans Day

2018 is The International Year of the Reef. #IYOR2018 What could possibly be a better way to celebrate than to save a coral reef! How, you ask, can I save a coral reef? I'm glad you asked! By joining in the 4th annual CORALPALOOZA. Sounds pretty kinky and it's fun...

3D Printed Model Brings Coral Bleaching into the Classroom

3D Printed Model Brings Coral Bleaching into the Classroom

Seems like we are on a coral reef roll lately, with articles on coral spawning, coral reef gardening and unfortunately one on coral disease. But this all makes sense since we are celebrating the International Year of the Reef, so the more articles on our coral reefs...

Is My Voice Heard? Yes, the Goliath Grouper is Safe!

Is My Voice Heard? Yes, the Goliath Grouper is Safe!

Do you ever wonder when you sign a petition or send in a letter, Is My Voice Heard? The answer is a resounding yes and it is demonstrated over and over again. Here's a recent example, in March we published an article on the Goliath Grouper focusing on the pressure...

Preserve, Protect and Plant Mangrove Forests on Arbor Day

Preserve, Protect and Plant Mangrove Forests on Arbor Day

Arbor Day was April 27, but any day is perfect for planting a tree and there are no forests that play as important a role in protecting our oceans as mangroves. Join us to find out what’s happening to preserve, protect and plant mangrove forests on Arbor Day. Why...

Our Plastic Seas: There is No Away  – Dianna Cohen

Our Plastic Seas: There is No Away – Dianna Cohen

“Plastic is this incredibly useful material, and I feel that when we design things with intended obsolescence in mind—single use, disposable ideas in mind—we are treating a valuable material in an irresponsible way” ~ Dianna Cohen What started out as a career in art...

Rare Turtles Return After World’s Largest Beach Clean-up

Rare Turtles Return After World’s Largest Beach Clean-up

They say the trash and garbage in places was 5 feet deep on Mumbai’s Versova Beach on the west coast of India. But that did not deter Afroz Shah and his 84-year old neighbor from digging in on the world’s largest beach clean-up.   Shah rallied the local community and...

Monitoring the Yukon Reef with Ocean Sanctuaries

Monitoring the Yukon Reef with Ocean Sanctuaries

In 2000, the HMCS Yukon, a 366 foot-long Canadian warship, was sunk off the coast of San Diego to become an artificial reef. Since then the ship has transformed into a home for marine life, while becoming an international diving destination. Find out how you, as a...

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