UNFURL THIS ISSUE… What’s going on ‘down under’?
Hello, Ocean Tribe!
What’s up down under? Seemingly out of the blue, the Turnbull Government has awarded the Great Barrier Reef Foundation nearly half a BILLION dollars to help reef conservation and restoration efforts. This is the largest donation any Oz government has ever made to a single conservation group, and all without a tender process. File this under “I know, right?!?”
In response to this rather gobsmacking turn of events, the ABC (AU) show Tonightly with Tom Ballard, created a parody (video above) based on Shark Week’s Shark Tank episode of July. The comedy skit creates some ‘texture’ when the Head of the Reef Foundation says the 444M grant was a complete surprise. G’day for the GBRF. Hopefully a G’day for the reef?
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Trending this Week:
- Terrified by ‘hothouse Earth’? Don’t despair — do something Yes, the prospect of runaway climate change is terrifying. But this dead world is not our destiny. It’s entirely avoidable. As the authors of the paper have argued in response to the coverage, implying otherwise is the same as giving up just as the fight gets tough.
- The worst in years, a Harmful Algae Bloom (HAB) in Florida continues, due to eutrophication along coastal beaches, and in lakes, rivers and estuaries. It’s actually perfect storm of THREE different algae blooms. Red Tide is killing a heartbreaking amount of sea life along the coast; Blue-green algae has exploded in central Florida’s Lake Okeechobee from the nutrient run-off from agriculture and communities; The 3rd algae bloom is sargassum – a stinky seaweed that has been assaulting coastlines in FL and the Caribbean for 2 months.
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• Zale Perry is featured in Fourth Element’s Pioneer Collection, which celebrates the women who have excelled as adventurers and explorers of the underwater world, pushing boundaries and raising awareness of this incredible part of our planet.
• Marine Biologist Samantha Whitcraft at the Sea of Change Foundation knows something about wetlands and run-off in FL. She’s shares this study on the causes of the Harmful Algae Bloom explosion in FL.
• The world premiere of composer Stella Sung’s “Oceana, Sounds of the Sea” will be played by the Boston Landmarks Orchestra on Aug. 15 with backdrop images by filmmaker/photographer Annie Crawley. (LINK )
• Steve Weaver (Summit ’14) and his team are celebrating 35 years for Weavers Dive & Travel.
• Filmmaker/ Explorers Jill Heinerth and Mario Cyr are in Canada’s arctic right now filming polar bears, narwhals and more for their documentary Under Thin Ice. The film project explores the effects of climate change on the Arctic and its wildlife.
• Just landed in Greenland, Susan Eaton, Amanda Cotton and Becky Kagan-Schott are just a few of the all-women Sedna Expedition team members who have launched the first ever snorkel expedition thru the NW Passage, visiting Inuit communities impacted by melting glaciers.
• SeaLegacy founders Cristina Mittemeir and Paul Nicklen were named #1 Ocean Heroes by BOAT International.
• In the Philippines, Ludwig Federigan shares the results of the latest survey, “Make the Change Happen: What the Most Influential NGOs Working on Climate Change and Sustainability Have to Say About Behavior Change.”
• Dr. Austin Gallagher is one of the contributors to this interactive shark and fishing map that allows you to see how tagged shark movements intersect with commercial fishing vessels in the Atlantic.
Native Hawaiians Turn to Ancient Traditions to Save Their Reefs (Gizmodo)
Corals are Becoming More Tolerant of Rising Ocean Temperatures (Science Daily)
Could Artificial Reefs be the Big Islands Savior? (Surfline)
Forecasting Coral Disease Outbreaks Could Buy Time to Save Reefs (EcoWatch)
How Thailand is tackling illegal fishing (Weeboon)
Fool’s Gold: What fish oil is doing to our Health and Planet (The Guardian)
Chasing the Fish Oil: Do Bunker Networks Hold the Key to Fisheries Crime Networks (Frontiers in Marine Science)
Ketchup Packets to Get Makeover in Kraft Heinz Recycling Push (Bloomberg)
Highest-Ever Seawater Temperature Recorded at Scripps Pier (Scripps)
Seaweed could be scrubbing way more carbon from the atmosphere than we expected (Oceana)
Sunlight triggers chemical reactions that make the Deepwater Horizon oil spill unlikely to degrade (Natural News)
The oceans’ last chance: ‘It has taken years of negotiations to set this up’ (The Guardian)
High Seas Alliance recommendations for cross-cutting issues under the
new international legally binding instrument (High Seas Alliance)
Great White Shark Nursery Location Confirmed (Fondriest)
Marin coast sea floor explored for clues on how to protect sensitive areas (Marin IJ)
A modelled global distribution of the seagrass biome (Science Direct)
Small-scale fisheries threatened—shared management, communication key to success (Phys)
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INTEL for the OCEAN CHANGEMAKER:
A 38 ft Whale Surfaces in Bruges (Colossal)
Meet Plastozilla, Oslo’s Newest Attraction (The Local)
Sustainable Fashion Made With Zero Water Waste: How Cosmos Studio Are Changing The Game(Ethical Unicorn)
Understanding How Ocean Plastic Is Recycled Into Clothing (Ethical Unicorn)
This startup wants your next T-shirt to be made from wood (Fast Company)
Ocean-Friendly Restaurants (Surfrider)
Vegan Restaurant Funding (Gud Capital)
Vegan Seafood Is About To Become Big Business–And Not A Moment Too Soon (Forbes)
HEALTH & WELLBEING
5 Reasons to show the importance of water (Thrive Global)
Climate Insurance in a Changing World (World Observatory)
Techstars Sustainability Accelerator: 10 Start-Ups Driving Innovation For The Planet (Forbes)
Far North Reefs Bouncing Back from Bleaching (Cairns Post)
Why Grenada’s Underwater Sculpture Park is much more than a Tourist Attraction (Mic)
How to Manage Underwater Phtotographers (Green Fins Video)
The Original Sunscreen: Iron-Silica (Astro Bio)
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