thankful2017 was the first full year with the new Blue Ocean Website and we are happy to say that we posted over 200 articles focusing on a broad spectrum of ocean related issues. We could not have done this without the generous support of all of those that contributed their own thoughtful and insightful ocean stories. These stories help you stay connected.

So here’s a very heartfelt “thank you” to our Blue Ocean contributors. We look forward to seeing their thoughts in Blue Ocean “News” again in 2018, and for those of you that have yet to add your voice to our chorus, we urge you to bring your stories to our ocean community through the New Year and beyond.

Here is a list of the 2017 Blue Ocean contributors, in alphabetical order and with links to their articles. We apologize if we missed anyone or anything.


Michael Aw,        Elysium Artists for the Arctic World Premiere Singapore

Michael Bear,     Ocean Sanctuaries and offer Marine Citizen Scientist Course

Erika Delemarre,     We get By With a Little Kelp from our friends,     Meet the Covert Clones Battling Climate Change

Christine Figgener,      The Sea Turtle Rangers, Part 1,     The Sea Turtle Rangers, Part 2

Caitlin Flannery,  We are very pleased to announce that in addition to writing for us, Caitlin is now with us full time.

          Rotterdam’s Climate Change Adaptation Part 1: Resiliency planning lessons from the Delta City,

          Rotterdam’s Climate Change Adaptation Part 2: A Richer, Stronger State,

          To Save Mother Ganga, the River Ganges is Made Human Part 1,      

          To Save Mother Ganga, The River Ganges is Made Human Part 2

          Is It Time We Gave Mother Nature Human Rights? New Zealand says yes

Vicki Nichols Goldstein,     The Inland Ocean Coalition Celebrates International Mountain Day

Roger Hanson,     Seahorse Condos in Long Beach

Chloe Harvey, Green Fins,     Green Fins Videos on Responsible Diving

P.T. Hirshfield,     Victory for Victoria’s Rays

Brian Horne,     Sustainable & Responsible Tourism on Curaçao

Richard Hyman, a special thanks to Richard for his terrific and intimate series aboard the Calypso with Jacques Cousteau:

          Inside The World of Jacques Cousteau: Episode I – Meeting The Captain

          Inside The World of Jacques Cousteau: Episode 2 – First Seeing CALYPSO

          Inside the World of Jacques Cousteau: Episode 3 – “The Fish That Swallowed Jonah”

          Inside The World of Jacques Cousteau: Episode 4 – “Aye Calypso”

          Inside The World of Jacques Cousteau: Episode 5 – “Shipwrecks”

Heather Kuhlken, Heather went out of her way to produce insightful articles on a wide variety of issues, thank you Heather

          People Need Connection to Nature and Each Other, Part I,     

          People Need Connection to Nature and Each Other, Part 2

          Marine Protected Areas: Seed Banks for the Future,

          Plastic Pollution Solutions,

          Youth Leaders Offer Hope For Our Ocean

Alan Laubsch,     Every Day Should be International Mangrove Day

Jo Marlow,    Misool Ranger Patrol – Defending the Heart of Marine Biodiversity Part 1,  and  Part 2

Dr. Wallace J. Nichols,     7th Annual Blue Mind Summit Explores Intersection Between Water and Life

Alex Rose,     Ocean conservation Through Art

Stiv Wilson, the Story of Stuff,      Microfiber Pollution from THE STORY OF STUFF

Sustainable Oceans Alliance,     Our Ocean Youth Leadership Summit

Thanks again to everyone and a special appreciation to Lauryn Dempsey for sending out the weekly Blue Ocean Update in addition to producing her own articles throughout the year.

Season’s Greetings!!!

From All Of Us At Blue Ocean Network