Hello, Ocean Tribe!

We are just about halfway through #PlasticFreeJuly and we want to hear how your experience has been. Is going plastic-free hard? Easy? What tips and tricks have you learned these past few weeks? Send us an email so we can share your feedback with the rest of the network (4,700+ and growing!)! In the meantime, check out this guest post from Brittany Ainsworth of Litterless Living!

Your Mission this Week:
The Atlantic Ocean is changing fast and getting busier every year, but there’s no coordination between all the agencies that have a say in the way our ocean is used. Fortunately, state and federal experts are trying to protect the Atlantic before it’s too late. They just released a brand-new plan to manage the ocean, but it needs our voice to make sure it protects wildlife!

So Much Ocean Love!
– The Blue Ocean Team
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In the Network:

 We keep an eye on change.  Let your leaps inspire others. Share your latest milestones, projects and events with this ocean-conscious community.  

• If you’re a diver, then you know how dangerous the Thai cave rescue was. This interview gives great insight on the dangerous mission from a diver that was part of the rescue team.

• Learn how Reef Life Restoration is breathing life back into our oceans with nanotechnology in this new article!

• To celebrate World Oceans Day, Pascal van Erp shared that a number of dive groups banned together to remove a huge ghost net from the seabed in Santorini, Greece. The dive was streamed live and broadcasted all over the world for educational purposes, and Pierre-Yves Cousteau described the mission from beneath the waves.

• Did you know that two WDHOF Associates are hosting Women’s Dive Day events — one in Ohio at the White Star Quarry on July 14th (by Jill Synowiec), and one in Gloucester, MA on July 21st (by Susan Copelas). BOTH of these events benefit the WDHOF Scholarship and Training Grant Programs… so, if you are looking for something fun to do this month, and are anywhere near either one of these events, consider going and having a fantastic time! For more info, contact celebratewomendivers@gmail.com.

• For our Network in Florida: Attend the informative the Deepwater Horizon Restoration 101 workshop to discuss the damage report from the Deepwater Horizon spill, restoration programs, and SUBMIT restoration ideas on Wed., July 18.

• Attend this free workshop, Strengthening Coasts for a Resilient Future, hosted by the University of California, Irvine July 18 – 19.

• The Marine Conservation Institute is hosting its Summer Ocean Party on July 23 in Petaluma, California.

• The Dalhousie University in Halifax, Nova Scotia will host its 7th Sustainable Oceans Conference on Sept. 22-23. Submit to the photo contest here by Aug. 31. P

• The Great Barrier Reef Restoration Symposium will be held in Cairns, Australia July 18-19, 2018.

• Register or submit a Paper for the Blue Carbon Summit July 17-18, 2018 in Jakarta, Indonesia.

• Network Member Paul Manning will be giving a speech at the 7th Annual World Congress of Ocean-2018 (WCO-2018), which will be held during October 29-31, 2018 in Weihai, China. He promises it will be lively: “I have warned them I’m no politician, I say it how it is…..”


To celebrate World Oceans Day, Pascal van Erp shared that a number of dive groups banned together to remove a huge ghost net from the seabed in Santorini, Greece. The dive was streamed live and broadcasted all over the world for educational purposes, and Pierre-Yves Cousteau described the mission from beneath the waves.


Ocean News:

IYOR 2018
It’s time to take a more holistic view of coral reef health (Popular Science)
Australian Swim Team to Raise Awareness of Great Barrier Reef (Swim Swam)
How Rats Remake Coral Reefs (The Atlantic)LIFESTYLE
A green-cosmetics database you can use for any vacation (Sierra Club)
Become A Phytoplankton Phenom! Volunteer As A Citizen Scientist To Help Monitor Harmful Algal Blooms(The Terramar Project)
Is Green In? A look at the Shifting to Sustainable Living (Manila Standard)

TRAVEL/RECREATION
Surf & Sustainability at Soneva Resorts (The Hindu)
Hyatt to Ban Some Single Use Plastics (Travel Pulse)
These Recycled Skateboards Help Save the Ocean (Greenmatters)

PLASTIC POLLUTION
Taxes, fines and jail time: The strictest plastic bag laws around the world (SBS)
Plastics Industry Loses Legal Bid Against Chile’s Landmark Bag Ban (EcoWatch)
Starbucks is Eliminating Plastic Straws from all Stores (CNN)

FASHION
From Seaweed to Fiber, Is Biology The Future Of Fashion? (FashNerd)
Greenpeace report: clothing industry shows progress in cutting hazardous chemicals (Fashion Revolution)
You Should be Recycling your Beauty Products (Self)

INNOVATION
Sunscreen Kills Corals. New Safer Product Being Made in Seychelles (eTurbo News)
Sustainable Packaging Materials Worth the Cost? (Greener Package)

BLUE ECONOMY
Sustainable Ocean Fund raises $37.5 million for ‘life under water’ (Impact Alpha)
Environmental groups call for a U-turn on deep sea mining (Seas at Risk)

FISHING
Sustainable seafood distributor reportedly lied about tuna source (The Guardian)
Icelandic Whalers Breach International Law; Kill Iconic, Protected Whale By Mistake (Whales.org)
Gabon: Three Illegal Fishing Vessels Arrested (Maritime Executive)
Chinese Shark-Fishing Fleet Released Without Charge (Maritime Executive)

CHANGING SEAS
Antarctica’s Disappearing Act – Since 1992 Nearly 3 Trillion Tons Of Ice Have Disappeared (The Daily Catch)

CONSERVATION
World First – Iceland Creates Wild Beluga Sanctuary To Save Two Captive Whales Performing In China(The TerraMar Project)
Nigeria needs marine-protected areas, as our reserves are threatened (Vanguard)
Ocean Conservation Still at Risk Despite Backtrack on NOAA Mission Change (EcoWatch)
Let’s turn the high seas into the world’s largest nature reserve (TED)

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