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At sea: Preparing for discovery!

At last! We have substituted more than a year of logistics and science planning, team building, administration, shipping, permits, emails, long-distance phone calls and enthusiastic meetings for what is now a living, beautiful ocean expedition. It felt so good to leave the dock at Recife and really start work. The 1,200 nautical mile passage is…

Ascension Island: Pristine Seas Heads to the Mountains!

We are headed to Ascension Island, a tiny volcanic island in the South Atlantic, midway between Brazil and Africa. It’s a powerful place where the deep sea and remote mountains collide, leaving the island as the small visible tip of a massive 3,200-meter mountain.

Hawiian Coastal Plastic Cleanup by Young People

Optimism versus pessimism, how do we find balance between the two when confronting the environmental challenges of today? The older generation has many opportunities to help young people to be optimistic about the future — by encouraging them to take action.  The sea offers us inspiration to act (it is la mere in French, our…

Entrepreneurs Shine a Light on Seafood Origins

Consumers who would never buy something generically labeled meat or cheese are often stuck at almost that level of information when it comes to seafood. The opaque origins and processing of many seafood products can hide a host of problems, including species fraud, illegal fishing, human rights abuses in the labor force, and pollution—as well…

Oysters Built the East Coast. Now Entrepreneurs are Rebuilding the Oysters.

The East Coast was literally built on oysters. At the peak of their production as a food source, these shellfish were so plentiful from the Gulf Coast to New England that discarded shells were crushed and used to pave roads. Oysters kept bays and waterways clean—Chesapeake Bay residents didn’t need to treat or filter their…

A Refuge Found for the Most Heavily Fished Shark?

We are seeing only large females and very small juveniles, suggesting that the waters of Tristan da Cunha might be a blue shark nursery ground with large females traveling here to give birth.

A Surfing World’s-First in the South Atlantic

If you are lucky, once in your lifetime you may get the chance to experience something no one else on this planet has ever previously experienced …

Visiting the Magical Mountain Home of a Giant Ocean Wanderer

For years I’ve dreamed of visiting “Gonydale,” a remote valley reached after a three-hour trek across rivers, beneath towering pinnacle cliffs and through thick lush ferns. It is a lost world and home to some of the last of the Tristan albatross.

An Abundance of Wildlife at Tristan da Cunha

There is a most wonderful sense of the power of nature in this perfectly balanced ecosystem. Some of it tastes great, too!

A Dark Ship

There are so many birds here at Tristan da Cunha that unless we use extreme measures at night we would wake up to a ship full of them. So we are now a “dark ship.”

Working With the Power of the Ocean

Gough Island in the south Atlantic is hard to reach, hard to land on, and the winds are so strong that they whip completely around the island—so there was no way the team was going to pass up that adventure.

‘The Remotest Island,’ the Warmest Welcome!

Expedition leader Paul Rose has been wanting to reach Tristan da Cunha since he was 10 years old. As a new expedition brings him there at last, he already feels part of the family.

Tristan da Cunha Expedition: Preparing the Team, Protecting the Islands

The gear is ready. Now for the most important work: biosecurity.

Setting Sail for Tristan da Cunha

Heading to an archipelago 1,600 miles from the mainland, this is one of the most challenging and ambitious expeditions that we have undertaken.

Could a Partnership Born of Fish 2.0 Become the Red Bull of Seafood?

There’s a global divide at the heart of the seafood industry: the businesses that most need new technologies are often continents away from the businesses creating them. Small-scale seafood operations in Asia, Latin America, and Africa catch and farm most of the seafood we eat. Startups in the U.S., Canada, and Europe are developing most…