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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

Viral Videos of 2018

Viral Videos of 2018

This was a year in which the ocean was repeatedly in the News. To their credit the media focused much needed attention on the serious issues plaguing our oceans. Plastic pollution, climate change, the health of our coral reefs and red tide were all subjects that were...

Top Ocean Issues of 2018

Top Ocean Issues of 2018

2018 has been a year that has shown a bright light on the world’s oceans issues. From plastic pollution to climate change to red tide and the health of coral reefs, each of these issues are complex, multi-faceted and approaching crisis proportions. But along with the...

Ocean Activism: Our Kids Are Leading the Way

Ocean Activism: Our Kids Are Leading the Way

I believe that like most parents there are times when we ask ourselves “what kind of world are we leaving for our children?” We have two girls, ages twelve and fourteen and we do everything we can to protect them and prepare them for the future. Unfortunately, that...

Saving Whales with Satellites

Saving Whales with Satellites

Cetaceans are hard to keep track of. It’s ironic the largest animals in the world are so difficult to follow, but studying and protecting 90-plus species in 1.39 billion cubic kilometers of ocean is a continuing challenge. Which brings up the possibility...

Marine Citizen Science Fills the Gap in Scuba

Marine Citizen Science Fills the Gap in Scuba

As recreational diving has been around since the 1940s, scuba diving is in constant evolution. Technology and globalization have made it easier for scuba divers to refine their interests in the underwater world, and to do so more safely than ever before. However, the...

The Remarkable Story Behind Force Blue

The Remarkable Story Behind Force Blue

Today’s profile is not just one peron's story, but of three friends that came together to do a truly remarkable thing. In 2015 Jim Riotterhoff and Keith Sahm, got together at Sunset House on Grand Cayman Island. Sahm was the general manager of the dive resort and they...

Christine Figgener Is Striving to End the Age of Plastic

Christine Figgener Is Striving to End the Age of Plastic

In August 2015, off the coast of Costa Rica, with a simple act of compassion, Christine Figgener alerted the world to the crisis of plastic pollution. The 34-year-old marine biologist sited a sea turtle with what appeared to be a parasitic worm in its nose. Upon...

Illegal Trafficking of Wildlife: What You Need To Know!

Illegal Trafficking of Wildlife: What You Need To Know!

The Illegal trafficking of wildlife is estimated annually to be worth between US$7 - $23 billion and rivals illegal drug sales. Endangered animals are being hunted to extinction by armed gangs at the behest of international crime syndicates. We are outraged when we...

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