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Pressure Mounts to Save the Cayman Islands Hope Spot

By: Shilpi Chhotray, Mission Blue Communications Strategist For the residents of George Town Harbour, observing mammoth cruise ships pass through their glimmering turquoise backyard is not uncommon. Since 2000, the small island nation of Grand Cayman has received an influx of tourists from the cruise industry, with a little over one million visitors entering the island…

Connecting With the Hawaiian Stingray

All animals in the Maui Ocean Center are brought in from the waters surrounding the Hawaiian islands where they are maintained for up to two years. During my visit, I was able to observe four Hawaiian stingrays in the Open Ocean exhibit.

Marine Scientist Follows Hot Fish as They Move to Cooler Waters

Warming oceans have fish on the move, and one man is in hot pursuit. That man, Rutgers University marine biologist Malin Pinsky, has tracked fish species all over North American waters to learn where they’re headed in search of cooler conditions. Recently, he’s seen lobsters nearly disappear from Long Island Sound, driven out by disease…

Reframing Ocean Conservation in this Post-Election Era

Given the election, it seems wise to relinquish expectations of US federal leadership on ocean or climate policy. Our anti-science (among other deeply concerning antis) president-elect and his appointees have sent clear signals about their disregard for our environment and the ethos of sustainability. Yet, a healthy ocean is critical to food security, a stable…

Our pledge to you: We will stand up for the ocean – and that means standing up for science

During this bruising presidential campaign, there was an eerie sense that we had moved into a post-truth world, with fake news circulating on Facebook and the veracity of then-presidential candidate Donald Trump continually called into question. In fact, Oxford Dictionaries just declared “post-truth” its 2016 international Word of the Year. But for me personally, facts…

Leatherback Turtles: Giving Thanks Where It Is Due

By Nathan Robinson, PhD Our planet is in the midst of its 6th mass extinction event. The first five events were caused by natural disasters, such as intense volcanic activity or asteroid collisions. This modern extinction event is unique because it is the only mass extinction event directly caused by human activities. Not only does…

American Idol-Style Contest for Fish-Free Aquaculture Feed

Small oily fish like anchovy, herring and menhaden are the main target of the industrial fishmeal and oil fisheries. Once captured the fish are ground into feed for fertilizers and animal feed, from beef and chicken to salmon and tilapia. Although many of the fish caught by the fishmeal industry are considered inedible by human…

Marine World Heritage Sites: Cornerstone of Sustainable Fisheries

Marine World Heritage sites should serve as time capsules show us what a healthy ocean looks like. But many have been subject to serious fishing pressure.

The Wonder of Cold Water Swimming

Craig Foster is an amphibian. He spends more time in the kelp forests around Cape Town than most fur seals. Every day of his life, rain or shine—and today, the weather could not be worse—he enters the chill waters near his house on the Cape Peninsula to study and record the marine creatures along its…

Smart Business Solutions: St. Vincent and the Grenadines Hope Spot

St. Vincent and the Grenadines was designated a Mission Blue Hope Spot at the IUCN Congress in Hawaii by Dr. Sylvia A. Earle on September 9, 2016.  By: Shilpi Chhotray, Mission Blue Communications Strategist When someone says they are going to St. Vincent and the Grenadines (SVG) you probably think of islands. But the marine environment —…

Rare Dwarf Sperm Whale Arrives in Cape Town

The smallest of all the whale species—a dwarf sperm whale—made its way into Cape Town’s waterfront harbour this week. The almost never-seen diminutive whale is smaller than a dolphin, and not much bigger than a man, which is amazing when you consider that sperm whales reach 52 feet in length—about the size of a bus. Dwarf…

“Unstoppable” Destabilization of West Antarctic Ice Sheet: Threshold May Have Been Crossed

By Brenda Ekwurzel, Senior Climate Scientist, Union of Concerned Scientists

Losing all the ice shelves of Antarctica would be like losing each flying buttress that supported a gothic building. Collapse is the inevitable result. The question is how fast is the collapse in the case of an ice sheet that would, as Richard Alley told Congress in February 2007, slowly spread outwards and flatten like pancake batter that was just plopped on a griddle.

Nearly a decade later, the latest science indicates a critical threshold may have already been crossed.

International Leadership, a Global Community, and Renewed Hope: Protecting the Ross Sea, Antarctica

Last week we made history when countries came together to adopt the world’s largest marine protected area (MPA) in one of our most productive and healthy stretches of ocean: the Ross Sea, Antarctica. This feat cannot be understated. It was the culmination of the dogged efforts of hundreds of scientists, thousands of conservationists, and millions…

Galapagos: Preserving Darwin’s Legacy

Part lavishly illustrated coffee table book, part reference book for all ages, the second edition of Tui De Roy’s Galapagos: Preserving Darwin’s Legacy is a must-read-and-keep volume for anyone who has been, or plans to go, to one of the world’s magic places to experience wildlife. If you haven’t been, or will never be able to go, this book is as close as you will get to appreciating and understanding what the Galapagos fuss is all about.

Millennials Catch the Wave

By Daniela Fernandez Founder & Chair Sustainable Oceans Alliance                                              Two years ago, I founded the Sustainable Oceans Alliance (S0A), a student-led organization that empowers millennials to become leaders in preserving the health and sustainability of our ocean. My passion to create SOA stemmed from the lack of engagement opportunities that…