Ocean Conservation

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Lizard Fish. Yasawa Group, Fiji.

The ocean provides the basis for all life. However, it is now in serious trouble. Relatively recent trends in overfishing and destructive fishing, pollution, carbon emissions and resource extraction have put this global system at risk. I dedicate the majority of my time to causes that improve the conservation of ocean ecosystems and biodiversity at transboundary and global scales. Below are links to several important ocean conservation efforts. These are a combination of initiatives of which I am directly involved along with those whose efforts I merely applaud as an enthusiastic friend.

Please take the time to visit a couple of the following websites:

Antarctic and Southern Ocean Coalition (ASOC) – a union of over 30 organizations working towards Antarctic protection.

BLUE Ocean Film Festival – The world’s greatest collection of ocean films and a conservation summit.

Deep Sea Conservation Coalition – A parternship of 60+ international organizations united to advocate a United Nations moratorium on high seas bottom trawling, improve conservation-minded ocean governance on the High Seas and, in general, to conserve deep and High Seas biodiversity.

Forum for the Conservation of the Patagonian Sea and Areas of Influence – A international group of organizations working together to combat threats to the southwestern Atlantic.

Mid-Atlantic Regional Council on the Ocean – A five state partnership to advance ocean issues and shared stewardship in the U.S. Mid-Atlantic region.

National Aquarium in Baltimore – Inspiring conservation of the world’s aquatic treasures.

Ocean Revolution – Involve, Solve, Evolve

Oceanic Society – Inspiring people to build a healthy future for the world’s oceans.

Plant a Fish – Fabien Cousteau’s effort to work with local communities in restoring coastal habitats.

Sargasso Sea Commission – A coalition of governments working towards conservation of the Sargasso Sea ecosystem.

Seacology – Protecting the unique habitats and cultures of islands worldwide.

Speak Up for the Blue – Promoting the work of ocean leaders and developing new ones for the next generation.

Surfrider Foundation – The world’s leading non-profit environmental organization working to protect and preserve our world’s oceans, waves and beaches.

Sylvia Earle Alliance – Sylvia Earle and friend’s pursuing Sylvia’s TED wish for a global network of MPAs spread throughout the “HopeSpots” of the world.

WCPA High Seas Task Force – A international group of experts working towards biodiversity conservation on the High Seas through the use of protected areas.