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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

Awesome and a Bit Bizarre Marine Life Discoveries

Awesome and a Bit Bizarre Marine Life Discoveries

There's a  lot of new stuff being discovered under the water, take a peek at these amazing marine life discoveries. Could oarfish have inspired the age old myths of sea serpents that bewildered and frightened centuries of mariners? They are certainly big enough....

2017 Sea Ice at Record Lows

2017 Sea Ice at Record Lows

In a continuation of recent trends, the sea ice in both the Arctic and the Antarctic is reported by EcoWatch to be at records lows. New satellite data released from the U.S. National Snow and Ice Data Center indicates that 2017 is “exceptional” with less sea ice now...

An Action Agenda to Clean-Up Our Ocean

An Action Agenda to Clean-Up Our Ocean

Eight million tons of trash are dumped into the ocean every year, worldwide and a lot of that comes from us. It's a bit depressing, but knowing if we have an addiction to throw-away trash, especially plastics is the first step in coming up with solutions. And the...

Decline in Ocean Oxygen Linked to Climate Change

Decline in Ocean Oxygen Linked to Climate Change

Researchers have detected a decline in the amount of oxygen dissolved in the world’s oceans. The research was published in the journal Nature by oceanographer Sunke Schmidtko at the Geomar Center for Ocean Research in Kiel, Germany. Schmidtko and his colleagues found...

Richard Pyle Explores Mysterious, Deep Coral Reefs

Richard Pyle Explores Mysterious, Deep Coral Reefs

Naturalist Richard Pyle recalls a momentous dive he made 30 years ago, when he was only 19 years old. He found himself at 75 meters deep in the clear waters off Palau, chasing a small pink fish that he was convinced was a new species unknown to science. Pyle snared...

Miracle Sponge! Can It Soak Up Oil Spills?

Miracle Sponge! Can It Soak Up Oil Spills?

Remember the images on the nightly news of the aftermath of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill. Just to remind you, in 2010 a British Petroleum semi-submersible drilling rig in the Gulf of Mexico exploded, killing eleven people and unleashing what is considered to have...

Saving the Iconic and Endangered Nassau Grouper

Saving the Iconic and Endangered Nassau Grouper

There is no more iconic Caribbean fish than the Nassau Grouper, boldly striped, seemingly unafraid and friendly toward divers and unfortunately very tasty. It was once found in the tens of thousands throughout the Caribbean, however due to unsustainable fishing...

What’s for Dinner? Not Lionfish Again!

What’s for Dinner? Not Lionfish Again!

Indigenous to Indo-Pacific waters, Lionfish have invaded the Atlantic, crossed the Gulf of Mexico and spread throughout the Caribbean. With their graceful fins and venomous spines they are both beautiful and tough, they can be found in waters from the surface down to...

We Protect What We Understand – Jean-Michel Cousteau

We Protect What We Understand – Jean-Michel Cousteau

“protect the Ocean and you protect yourself” ~ Jean-Michel Costeau The name “Cousteau” has become synonymous with the ocean, as Jacques Yves Cousteau's legacy has been carried on by his family. His son, Jean-Michel Cousteau, believes that the key to creating a more...

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