carl-safina_ocean author, ocean activist, marine conservationist, blue ocean summit, sustainable choices(Blue Ocean – May 29, 2014) — The ocean is facing many issues, and according to scientists, the vast majority are man-made. These looming threats cause some of us to lose hope, while others downplay or ignore the problems and still others sound an alarm so loud that its intended audience has a stress response strong enough to tune out the message completely.

And it’s not surprising. After all, what can one person really do to make a difference to a massive global problem? To many of us, the issues seem overwhelming and insurmountable:

  • Ocean warming that leads to coral bleaching,
  • Rising sea levels caused by global warming threaten the existence of island nations such as the Maldives,
  • Ocean acidification caused by burning fossil fuels kill corals and other species,
  • Plastic pollution that decomposes into giant toxic ocean gyres that kill marine life,
  • Over-fishing that decimates key species and bio-diversity,
  • Massive ocean dead zones resulting of the use of fertilizers and pesticides,
  • Coastal overdevelopment that degrades beaches, removes mangroves, negatively impacts water quality with sewage and grey water run-off, and impacts wildlife breeding and nesting areas.

But according to Dr. Carl Safina, author, visionary and host of “Saving the Ocean” on PBS television, the solutions are all there. And he will share those solutions at the Blue Ocean Business Summit as the Summit’s closing Featured Speaker.

Known for his work that explores ethics, and how human dignity and the survival of the natural world are increasingly intertwined, Dr. Carl Safina’s interview entitled, “Caught in the Same Net: The Ocean and Us,” reminds us that our problems are all connected, and why the daily actions of compassionate and well-informed individuals are the path forward.

A fisherman, ecologist and naturalist, Safina created the very first sustainable seafood guide in the late 1990’s. Before that, there was really no such thing as “sustainable” seafood. He is the author of 6 books beginning with Song for the Blue Ocean, a New York Times Notable Book of the Year. Audubon Magazine named Carl Safina among its “100 Notable Conservationists of the 20th Century.” In 2011, Utne Reader listed him among “25 Visionaries Changing the World.  He is founder of The Safina Center at Stony Brook University in New York and co-chairs the Alan Alda Center for Communicating Science. His upcoming book, Beyond Words, illustrates the intelligence of animals on land and in the sea.

The Blue Ocean Business Summit is a free online industry event to be held June 2-6, 2014 at  Created by Laurie Wilson, publisher of,  the Summit provides businesses in the dive industry a place to get inspired, informed and take action on issues surrounding sustainable business practices that make a difference. The summit explores the many benefits of including our partner, the ocean, into every business model.  The first of its kind, the free online global event marks 2014 as its inaugural year. Visit