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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

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

Preserve, Protect and Plant Mangrove Forests

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. Why Mangroves are Vital for a Healthy Ocean...

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...

Florida’s Sea Turtles are Overwhelmingly Female!

Florida’s Sea Turtles are Overwhelmingly Female!

Recently we reported that nearly 99% of Green Sea Turtles on Australia’s Great Barrier Reef were being born female. That study looked at one of the world’s largest nesting areas, with nearly 200,000 turtles. Of those turtles from beaches at the northern part of the...

Tide Pool Monitoring with Ocean Sanctuaries

Tide Pool Monitoring with Ocean Sanctuaries

“With growing concern globally about climate change and ocean acidification, it becomes  critical for the field of marine citizen science to contribute ways for the public to monitor the effects of such changes on various ‘keystone’ ocean species."   Tide Pool...

It’s Time to Raise the Reef!

It’s Time to Raise the Reef!

  Now, more than ever before, we need to stand together to save the world’s coral reefs. You can be part of the solution. Join Richard Vevers of hit Netflix documentary “Chasing Coral” at Raise the Reef 2018, Coral Restoration Foundation’s 6th Annual Gala.   At...

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