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World

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

Wacky Weather: What in the World?

Wacky Weather: What in the World?

Heat waves around the world from Japan to Europe; unprecedented drought in Australia while France floods. Deadly wildfires rage in California and Greece and even in the far north of Sweden where fires flamed above the Arctic Circle. On a daily basis we have been...

Does Bermuda Hold the Key to Coral Reef Resilience?

Does Bermuda Hold the Key to Coral Reef Resilience?

Coral Reefs around the world are in decline, from the Great Barrier Reef to the Caribbean, where coral reef ecosystems are threatened by climate change and rising ocean temperatures. As a result, we have witnessed catastrophic, extreme heat events leaving enormous...

Life Beyond Plastics: Make Your Next Vacation Sustainable!

Life Beyond Plastics: Make Your Next Vacation Sustainable!

The Blue Ocean Network has covered ocean plastic pollution from a variety of angles, but mostly from the “Big Picture” view. We want to use our experience in Orlando, Florida to help you make your next vacation sustainable. Today, let’s talk about how you as an...

Australia’s Green Sea Turtles Impacted by Ocean Warming

Australia’s Green Sea Turtles Impacted by Ocean Warming

This latest story out of Australia goes to the heart of the complexity and connectedness of marine ecosystems. Over the last two years we have reported on the massive coral bleaching on the Great Barrier Reef. Nearly 90% of the world’s largest structure created by...

The Real Cost of Your Next Pair of Jeans

The Real Cost of Your Next Pair of Jeans

We love our jeans. So much so that the average American consumer buying four pairs a year. In our family, we are always looking for jeans on sale to be thrifty. But do we fully understand the real environmental cost of our next pair of jeans? Most people have never...

The Future of Aquaculture, Two Sides of the Story

The Future of Aquaculture, Two Sides of the Story

We raise profound questions on how we can use aquaculture and the bounty of the sea to feed the world.   Through aquaculture, only a tiny fraction of the ocean’s area could meet the entire world’s demand for fish. This result is from a study conducted by scientists...

Five fish that should not be on your plate!

Five fish that should not be on your plate!

Many of the world’s fish populations are threatened by over-consumption with severe implications for the millions of humans that depend on them for their livelihood and sustenance. You can do your part to stem this tide of unsustainable fishing, use the Marine...

Hidden Coral Reefs Reveal New Ecosystems

Hidden Coral Reefs Reveal New Ecosystems

2016 Was a Year of New Reef Discoveries If you thought that all of our coral reefs had already been discovered, then we have surprises for you. 2016 was a great year for new discoveries and explorations in the physical world and the world of technology. BlueOcean.net...

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...

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