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The world is blue. In this ocean issue-driven section, we share perspectives on the multiple issues that today are severely punishing our marine environment. The destruction of the world’s coral reefs resulting in coral bleaching and die-off; the effects of ocean acidification; over fishing, shark finning and the need for marine sanctuaries; marine pollution; sea level rise and climate change are all topics that we bring to you and that you need to understand.

Plus, we will tell you of the organizations that are addressing these big issues, and the actions you can take to be a part of the solution.

“How odd we call this planet Earth when it is so obviously ocean” Arthur C. Clarke

International Year of Sustainable Tourism

International Year of Sustainable Tourism

The UN has affirmed that 2017 is International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development and has set 17 goals as targets for sustainable tourism and development. Achieving these goals not only furthers growth, but improves the quality of life, protects the...

World Maritime Day, September 28

World Maritime Day, September 28

We are all aware of the enormous contribution that global maritime shipping makes to the world economy, however there is a downside. So it is entirely fitting that the theme for 2017 World Maritime Day is multifaceted, addressing many issues including maritime...

Making Peace with the Ocean International Day of Peace.

Making Peace with the Ocean International Day of Peace.

The United Nations General Assembly has declared September 21st as a day devoted to strengthening the ideals of peace, both within and among all nations and peoples. The International Day of Peace provides a globally shared date for all humanity to commit to Peace...

Do we have the appetite to curb Invasive Species?

Do we have the appetite to curb Invasive Species?

Lionfish have invaded the Gulf of Mexico and the Caribbean and spread as far south as Brazilian waters, but they aren’t alone! Invasive marine species have been wreaking havoc on indigenous ecological systems for thousands of years. More recently, we just keep better...

Tell Costa Rica No to Sale of Hammerhead Shark Fins

Tell Costa Rica No to Sale of Hammerhead Shark Fins

Blue Ocean Network has long been outspoken it its opposition to the international trade in shark fins. We are alarmed by the recent attempts by Costa Rican President Luis Guillermo Solis to overturn his country's ban on the export of shark fins.   In 2013 the...

Shrimp Farming, a Cocktail of Controversy

Shrimp Farming, a Cocktail of Controversy

I grew up in Missouri, that’s a long way from the Gulf Coast, so it was always a real treat to sit at a seaside dive and order up a platter of fresh shrimp smothered in hot sauce, delivered directly from the fishermen anchored nearby. How things have changed. The...

The Future of Aquaculture, Two Sides of the Story

The Future of Aquaculture, Two Sides of the Story

Two related stories recently crossed our desks that raise profound questions for how we can use aquaculture and the bounty of the sea to feed the world.   Sciencedaily.com just published an article detailing how, through aquaculture, only a tiny fraction of the...

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...

China, Mexico and U.S. join in effort to save the Vaquita

China, Mexico and U.S. join in effort to save the Vaquita

In a last ditch effort to save the endanger Vaquita, the world’s most endangered marine mammal, China, Mexico and the U.S. met in Ensenada, Mexico this week to discuss how to stop the illegal Totoaba trade.   Let’s explain all of that.  The Vaquita is a small...

Extensive Coral Bleaching Found Throughout the Pacific

Extensive Coral Bleaching Found Throughout the Pacific

Halfway through a two-year expedition aboard the French research ship Tara, a crew of climate scientists have found extensive coral bleaching throughout the Pacific. The captain of the ship, Nicolas De La Brosse said "It doesn't matter where you are in the Pacific,...

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