Seagrasses are flowering plants that grow in shallow waters along the coasts of every continent except Antarctica. Seagrasses provide critical ecosystem services and are a reliable source for carbon sequestration.
Blue carbon is the carbon dioxide captured by the world’s ocean and coastal ecosystems, stored in the form of biomass and sediments from mangroves, tidal marshes and seagrass meadows.
The health of the Sargasso Sea provides a foundation for economic activities outside of the area. Species of economic interest, such as eel, billfish, whales and turtles rely on the Sargasso Sea.
Human rights violations occur not only on land, but also at sea. Human trafficking, corruption, exploitation, and other violations, combined with a lack of policing and proper laws, is the reality of much ocean activity.
Threats to the health of our ocean are intensifying. We have identified tools that support better fishery management.
In pursuit of our goals to increase ocean health while protecting fishing communities, The Ocean Foundation has worked long and hard with our fellow marine conservation philanthropists.
Seabed Mining (SBM) is a growing industrial field that involves extracting submerged minerals and deposits from the sea floor. To date, mining for sand, tin and diamonds has been generally limited to shallow coastal waters.
The ocean absorbs a significant portion of our carbon dioxide emissions, which is changing the chemistry of the ocean at an unprecedented rate.
Aquaculture makes a substantial contribution to our food supplies, so it must be done in a way that is sustainable.
As concerns about climate change increase, the interrelationship between the ocean and climate change must be recognized, understood, and incorporated into governmental policies.
We are connected to the coast and ocean. Whether or not we are among the over 50% of the population who live within 50 miles of the coast, we are all dependent on our coasts and ocean for our food, health, recreation and jobs.
by Mark J. Splading I am sitting in front of a hotel in Loreto, Baja California Sur, Mexico watching frigate birds and pelicans gorging themselves on a run of fish. …