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Recreation 

In it, on it or under it, we love the ocean. Our articles are a must read for a diversity of ocean enthusiasts, addressing ocean sustainability and marine conservation issues in ocean recreation.

Although many of us in this community are keen on being sustainable divers, our articles are also for snorkelers, surfers, boaters, beach goers and sailors featuring the latest sustainable practices and responsible ocean sports news.

Citizen Scientists and Voluntourism

The next time you plan a vacation consider making it more meaningful by becoming a Citizen Scientist. As a citizen scientist there is a voluntourism program for you whether its reef restoration, fish counts, whale sightings, water quality surveys, invasive species monitoring or turtle watches and so much more. Find out more on our Citizens and Science Page.

“Why is it that scuba divers and surfers are some of the strongest advocates of ocean conservation? Because they’ve spent time in and around the ocean, and they’ve personally seen the beauty, the fragility, and even the degradation of our planet’s blue heart.” Sylvia Earle

Misool Marine Reserve Named a Mission Blue Hope Spot

Misool Marine Reserve Named a Mission Blue Hope Spot

September 15, 2017, Raja Ampat, Indonesia – Mission Blue announced today that it has recognized the 300,000-acre, privately-managed Misool Marine Reserve as a Mission Blue Hope Spot.    Led by legendary oceanographer Dr. Sylvia Earle, Mission Blue is uniting a global...

Shark Killing Banned in Florida

Shark Killing Banned in Florida

Earlier this year we reported that shark finning was still legal and fins were being sold in Florida. A law passed in 1992 to ban shark finning was strengthened in 2010 but the shark finning continued. More recent attempts to ban the sale and trade of shark fins were...

Sustainable Tourism in Palau

Sustainable Tourism in Palau

The Pacific Island of Palau is often thought of as a serene, isolated paradise, but recent stats on tourism indicate that it is far from isolated. Can Palau grow its economy in sync with sustainable conservation? Palau’s president and leading citizens think it must!...

Australian Marine Protections Rolled Back

Australian Marine Protections Rolled Back

Down Under is blessed with some of the world’s richest marine ecosystems. After years of input from the public and the scientific community in 2012 the Australian government created a ring of marine protected areas that encircled the continent. The ambitious plan...

News From the Maritimes, Part 5

News From the Maritimes, Part 5

This is the fifth and final episode in a series of posts by Blue Ocean co-founder Bob Frerck, telling of the experiences of his family's vacation combined with Blue Ocean research traveling through Canada's Atlantic Maritime Provinces – After leaving Halifax, we...

News from the Maritimes, Part 4

News from the Maritimes, Part 4

This is the fourth episode in a series of posts by Blue Ocean co-founder Bob Frerck, telling of the experiences of his family's vacation combined with Blue Ocean research traveling through Canada's Atlantic Maritime Provinces – Unfortunately, we had to leave Prince...

Banning Throw Away Plastics

Banning Throw Away Plastics

Plastic Free in Seattle It seems obvious that they are reading our Blue Ocean posts in Seattle and taking to heart, our advice on curbing plastic pollution. In Celebrating Plastic-Free July we described the problem of “single use, throw-away, non-biodegradable”...

News from the Maritimes, Part 3

News from the Maritimes, Part 3

This is the third in a series of posts by Blue Ocean co-founder Bob Frerck, telling of the experiences of his family's vacation combined with Blue Ocean research traveling through Canada's Atlantic Maritime Provinces -- In News from the Maritimes, Part 3, our family...

Tesla on the Water:  The SoelCat 12 Experience

Tesla on the Water: The SoelCat 12 Experience

The advances made in clean energy over the last several years have been truly inspiring and offer hope that mankind may actually be coming to grips with the challenges of climate change and global warming. (photo - solarwind 3) Wind farms sprout across the landscape...

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