Blue waves of t-shirts, hats, and signs flooded the National Mall on Saturday, June 9th. The first ever March for the Ocean (M4O) was held in Washington, DC on a hot, humid day. People came from all over the world to advocate for the preservation of one of our greatest necessities, the ocean. Making up 71% of the earth's surface, the ocean plays a crucial role in the wellbeing of the world and ecosystem cycle. It unites people, animals, and cultures.
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As you head out to the beach of your choice this summer, take special note of an essential part of the beach: the sand. Sand is something that we think of as plentiful; it covers beaches around the world and it is the main component of deserts. However, not all sand is created equal and as the world’s population continues to grow, our need for sand increases. Thus it becomes more and more clear that sand is a finite resource.
The Ocean Acidification Monitoring and Mitigation project (OAMM) is a public-private partnership between TOF’s International Ocean Acidification Initiative (IOAI) and the U.S. Department of State. OAMM engages government, civil society, and private stakeholders on building capacity of scientists in the Pacific Islands and Latin America and the Caribbean to monitor, understand, and respond to ocean acidification. This is done through regional training workshops, development and delivery of affordable monitoring equipment, and provision of long-term mentorship.
SeaWeb Seafood Summit Adds New Items to its Menu for Barcelona
Top sustainable seafood conference offers a full week of educational experiences
Kyoto, Japan -- May 12, 2018
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Eco-focused video game studio Tigertron today announced a collaboration with The Ocean Foundation, a leading Washington, D.C.-based environmental organization, to support the group’s marine conservation initiatives by including unlockable content in Tigertron’s upcoming PlayStation 4/PlayStation VR game, Jupiter & Mars, which will be playable for the first time anywhere at BitSummit Vol. 6, in Kyoto, Japan.
1. Support our One Ocean campaign
Growing up in the suburbs of Baltimore, I never really spent too much time around great bodies of water. When it came to the ocean, my stance, like most of those around me, was out of sight, out of mind. Although I’d learned in school about how the ocean, which provides us with water and food, was in danger, the thought of sacrificing time and effort to save the ocean hardly seemed like my calling. Perhaps the task just felt too vast and foreign. Besides, what could little ol’ me do from my land-locked house in Baltimore suburbia?
The Boyd N. Lyon Sea Turtle Fund was established in honor of Boyd Lyon, a true ocean hero. Boyd dedicated his life to sea turtle conservation and protection. The scholarship Committee Advised Fund provides an annual scholarship to a marine biology student whose research is focused on sea turtles. This year, Quintin Bergman is the recipient. We were able to catch up with Bergman (virtually of course) while he was in the field studying nesting sea turtles.
Three nations share the Gulf of Mexico abundant resources—Cuba, Mexico, and the United States. It is our shared heritage and our shared responsibility because it is also our shared legacy to future generations. Thus, we must also share knowledge to further understanding of how best to manage the Gulf of Mexico collaboratively and sustainably.
Women in the Water — Part II: Eye on the Horizon
To wrap up Women’s History Month, we bring you Part II of our Women in the Water series! We are honored to be in the company of such brilliant and passionate women and to hear about their amazing experiences as conservationists in the marine world. While there evidently are still battles to be fought, these women are making waves, and empowering and inspiring others to do the same.
Seagrasses are aquatic flowering plants that are found along a broad latitudinal range. As one of the planets most effective and efficient coastal systems for carbon sequestration, proper conservation and management of seagrass meadows is critical to combat the global loss of seagrasses. Carbon storage is one of many ecosystem services provided by seagrass beds. Seagrasses also provide a nursery ground for commercially and recreationally harvested species of fishes and invertebrates, serve as a storm buffer to developed coastlines and improve water quality (Figure 1).
The Ocean Foundation (TOF) has initiated a Request for Proposal (RFP) process to identify an organization qualified to conduct a blue carbon restoration project in seagrass, saltmarsh, or mangrove habitat to pilot the use of blue carbon restoration in the local mitigation of ocean acidification (OA). The restoration project must occur in Fiji, Palau, Papua New Guinea, or Vanuatu. The selected organization will be required to work with a TOF-designated science partner in the country of their project.