Copenhagen, Feb 28, 2020

Today an agreement was signed to commence a decade of ocean solutions focusing on Ocean Acidification and Plastic Pollution.

“We have long wanted to work on ocean acidification in the Arctic. It was identified as a place that was most likely to have its ocean chemistry in flux, but also a location with the least amount of observing coverage. We are about to change that together.” Mark Spalding, President of The Ocean Foundation.

REV Ocean will provide a unique opportunity for researchers on board the 2021 maiden voyage with the support of The Ocean Foundation’s regional grant-making efforts to connect donors with local science and conservation projects.

REV Ocean CEO Nina Jensen said: “We are excited to be working with The Ocean Foundation as they have built a robust global community of donors, government, and organisations focused on ocean conservation. This will enable us to find projects with the highest potential of success while pairing these projects with grants that can support the necessary research and testing to commercialise these solutions.”

Areas of collaboration include:

  • Ocean Acidification and Plastic Pollution
  • Use of the REV Ocean vessel
  • The UN Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development (2021-2030)
  • SeaGrass Grow Blue Offsets

REV Ocean and The Ocean Foundation are also working towards finding the best solution to offset the unavoidable carbon emissions that come with operating a 182.9-meter research expedition vessel through the SeaGrass Grow blue carbon offset.

“Carbon offsetting is a challenging industry and we completed a comprehensive audit of a number of alternatives before selecting SeaGrass Grow. Our main criteria was to choose an efficient ocean offset project, to maximise our impact. Seagrass habitats are up to 35x more effective than Amazonian rainforests in their carbon uptake and storage abilities. Furthermore, our economic contribution to coastal restoration more than ten folds in economic benefits supporting a sustainable blue economy.”

About REV Ocean 
REV Ocean is a not-for-profit company founded in June 2017 by Norwegian businessman Kjell Inge Rokke with one overarching purpose, creating solutions for a healthier ocean. Established in Fornebu, Norway, REV Ocean works to improve our knowledge of the ocean, make that knowledge more available and turn the knowledge into a new generation of ocean solutions and raise awareness of global impacts on the marine environment.

About The Ocean Foundation 
As the only community foundation for the ocean, The Ocean Foundation’s 501(c)(3) mission is to support, strengthen, and promote those organisations dedicated to reversing the trend of destruction of ocean environments around the world. We focus our collective expertise on emerging threats in order to generate cutting edge solutions and better strategies for implementation.

Contact information:

REV Ocean
Lawrence Hislop
Communication Manager
P: +47 48 50 05 14
E: [email protected]

The Ocean Foundation
Jason Donofrio
External Relations Officer
P: +1 (602) 820-1913
E: [email protected]