Hello, Ocean Tribe!
It’s Mother’s Day this weekend. Why not gift your Mom a stylish March for the Ocean T-shirt and support the 60+ marches happening June 9, 2018.
Great news coming from Hawaii this week! The state has officially banned the use of sunscreens containing oxybenzone, which has been proven to cause coral bleaching. Love the ocean: make sureyou’re using sunscreen that is reef-safe.
Your Mission this Week:
Help Australia update their animal welfare act protection laws and expand its protection to sharks by signing this petition.
The Blue Ocean Team
Trending this Week:
- The Sky’s the Solution for Tranquil Day Trips off Bora Bora See how this electric catamaran takes island guests on a truly sustainable and noise-free tour in the lagoon.
- Do Sperm Whales Just Like to Hang Out? In spite of their monumental size, a couple of recent videos seem to indicate that sperm whales just like to hang with you, but is that actually the case?
- Edible Packaging: An Appetizing Alternative to Plastic Pollution Plastic is everywhere, it’s convenience has become so much a part of our lives that we don’t see it or think of the ramifications of its use. Is it time to consider edible packaging?
- Preserve, Protect and Plant Mangrove Forests on Arbor Day Mangroves are the vital connection between the sea and land. They protect coastal areas from violent weather events like tsunamis and hurricanes; they mitigate flooding and coastal erosion; and they are some of the world’s most productive fish habitats.
Bora Bora’s Soel Yachts believes in the joy of traveling on the sea without being disturbed by any noise or smell.
In the Network:
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• Misool Foundation is setting a global standard in marine conservation and boy have they been busy these past few months. From whale shark rescues, to a solar farm and more, take a look at all that’s going on at Misool!
• Barbados dives into eco-tourism with DiveFest 2018. A raft of Bajan dive shops in our network will be participating.
• Don’t forget – tomorrow is Sharkfest UK in Bristol. Tickets here.
• Here are some kid-friendly resources for your World Oceans Day event (June 8).
• Don’t forget Lionfish Removal & Awareness Day May 19 in Pensacola, FL, and a benefit concert with ‘Little Texas’ presented by Lionfish University and Coastal Watch Alliance.
• Congrats to John Thet and the ADEX Dive Show for winning Best Exhibition Organizer at the Singapore Tourism Awards.
• Deep five to Aggressor Fleet’s Capt. Wayne Hasson on winning the 2018 Sea Hero Award.
• Way to go Texas A&M PhD candidate Chris Figgener (remember the viral video of the turtle with straw up nose?) for receiving the Dr. Joseph Newton Graduate Student Service Award”.
• The Green Fins team has a new infographic out to help #redefinethedive so download and share it! Also, Green Fins is doing a killer giveaway on their Facebook page that you really don’t want to miss!
• Conservation X Labs will host the next Make for the Planet at the 5th International Marine Conservation Congress (IMCC5) on June 24-29, 2018, at the The Waterfront Hotel Kuching, Malaysia.
Although they are regarded as one of the most important ecosystems, mangrove forests are among the most threatened habitats in the world, and mangrove loss is rampant across the globe. By some estimates, less than 50 percent of the world’s mangrove forests were intact at the end of the 20th century.
6 Amazing Structures Built by Surprising Creatures (National Geographic)
Bubbling up: listening to photosynthesis may help reef conservation (Cosmos)
Why are the World’s Climate Funds Ignoring Coral Reefs? (Climate Home News)
Great Barrier Reef Bleaching ‘Has Been Devastating’ — But Don’t Give Up Hope, Specialist Says (WBUR)FISHING
New Chinese Fish Farm Adds To the Growing Problem Of Overfishing (Sea Voice News)
Herring’s role in ocean food web could change East Coast fishing rules (Bangor Daily News)
We Found Something Seriously Disturbing In The Deepest Part Of The Ocean (IFL Science)
An Earth Law Solution to Ocean Plastic Pollution (Earth Law Center)
These Eco-Friendly Brands Are Turning Ocean Pollution Into Cool And Comfortable Fashion (Green Matters)
Sustainable Fashion Collection Looks to Surfers (Wallpaper)
Swimsuits made from Discarded Fishing Nets? (OC Register)
New Poll: Consumer confidence in MSC seafood ecolabel hangs in balance (Food Dive)
Vegan Company Plans Plant-based Seafood (Live Kindly)
The First and ONLY Sustainable Sushi Restaurant in NYC (Green Matters)
Personal Submarine Tourism at the Four Seasons Maldives (Blue Ocean Network)
Dream of Swimming with Whale Sharks? (The Globe and Mail)
Eco-friendly tourism is becoming a movement (CNBC)CONSERVATION
Underwater Yellowstones are off New England coast (South Coast Today)
Costa Rica Makes Santa Elena Bay a Marine Protected Area (Costa Rica Star)
New Weapons in the War on Lionfish, a Beautiful but Deadly Invader (News Deeply)
Alien Waters: Neighboring Seas Are Flowing into a Warming Arctic Ocean (Yale Environment 360)
How to save the high seas (Nature)
Climate Change Could Destroy Even the Ocean’s Most Pristine Parks (The Atlantic)
Tracking Marine Life on the Edge of the Pacific (Medill Reports)
Whale shark logs longest-recorded trans-Pacific migration (Science Daily)
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Sperm whales don’t just hang out … meet Scar!
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• American Progress has an immediate opening for a Director of Ocean Policy with the Energy and Environment team. The Director of Ocean Policy will lead the Ocean Policy team’s work to develop and execute national and regional strategies and campaigns to further American Progress’ ocean policy, climate change, and clean energy goals.
• The WWF-Australia is looking for a sustainable fisheries project manager.
• Atoll Marine Center in the Maldives welcomes international volunteers for its Marine Conservation Program.
• The island nation of Mauritius is looking for a tourism sustainability consultant to help them green the tourism operator value chain. Big job. More here.
• Is your organization working in a biodiversity hotspot and is collaborating with like-minded partners? You may be eligible for a Critical Ecosystem Partnership Fund Grant.
• BBC.com is looking for compelling travel story authors. Everything you need to know to pitch a successful story is here.
• Attention photographers, the Sustainable Oceans Conference is looking for Photo Contest submissions that exemplify its 2018 event themes of Connection, Innovation and Optimism.
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