Food, work, fun, adventure, sport and life – not many things can give us all those things in one. Every day the oceans give us the air we need to breathe; the weather to grow crops; water to support the smallest to the largest animals on earth and 80% of all species; vast ice flows to help regulate our climate; millions of jobs and a life-time of pleasure. Send us your favourite ocean image and it could be featured here! You and I are alive right now because of the oceans. They are home to the largest animal our planet has ever known – the now-endangered blue whale - but there are still huge areas of ocean that humans have never seen. Earth's longest mountain range is not on land but under the sea - the Mid-Oceanic ridge system, which winds around the globe from the Arctic Ocean to the Atlantic. More people have stood on the moon than dived the deepest ocean trench and less than 5% of all the oceans have been explored. We can do it. The oceans support billions of us.
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Main Page - Coastal Wiki10 Ways to Help Save the OceanMeghan MacGillivray, Sarah Bedolfe, and Sarah Wilson | October 08 2012 The ocean is massive, and a lot of the problems facing it are too. It can feel overwhelming to look at these issues. Here are a few things that you and I can do, on an individual level, to help make change. Eat Sustainable Seafood: Overfishing is a global problem, and many common fishing and farming methods result in major habitat damage or large amounts of bycatch – other species are caught unintentionally and are often thrown back dead. Use a seafood guide when ordering or purchasing to help make sustainable (and delicious!)
National Geographic: The OceanDolphin safe labelThe concept of dolphin-safe tuna labeling originates in the United States. The labels have become increasingly controversial since their introduction, particularly among sustainability groups in the U.S. Various dolphin-safe labels are used to denote compliance with various laws or policies designed to minimize dolphin fatalities during fishing for tuna destined for canning. Some labels impose stricter requirements than others. According to the U.S. Background Dolphins are a common by-catch in tuna fisheries, especially in the Eastern Tropical Pacific Ocean, as they commonly swim with schools of yellowfin tuna. Dolphins do not associate with Skipjack tuna and this species is most likely to be truly "dolphin safe". However, the species of tuna is not always mentioned on the can. Criticism Definition In a 2008 report, Greenpeace notes dolphin-safe labels may make consumers believe the relevant tuna is environmentally friendly. Pricing Non-dolphin bycatch
Make a Difference - The Safina CenterMake a Difference This is the good news — it’s not too late to save the oceans. There are constructive and very real things that you can do to be part of the solution. Here are 15 ways to make a difference. 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. 11. 12. 13. 14. 15. 1. Spending time in, on or near the ocean is a great way to gain the inspiration that will ultimately fuel your actions. Back to Top 2. Tell everyone about your love of the oceans. 3. A great way to save the oceans is to directly support organizations like Blue Ocean who have made it their business to understand current issues and promote solutions. At Blue Ocean Institute, a contribution of any size is greatly appreciated. We are a small yet influential group and your gift goes a long way toward saving the ocean. 4. Show your support of efforts big and small, regional to international, to expand marine reserves that protect valuable and threatened marine species and habitats. 5. Climate change spells big trouble for ocean life. 6. 7. 8.
International Maritime Organization15/04/2014 IMO Secretary-General Sekimizu chaired the judging panel for the Seatrade Awards 2014 (14 April). The ceremony included an award in support of IMO's theme for World Maritime Day 2014 ‘IMO Conventions: Effective Implementation’, won by the International Association of Classification Societies (IACS). IACS Chairman Mr R. 14/04/2014 IMO’s Beatrice Vormawah, Head, Technical Cooperation Implementation Coordination Section, represented IMO at the Ghana Maritime Authority’s three-day sub-regional seminar on ship routeing and safety in navigation, Accra (7-10 April), for participants drawn from eight countries in West and Central Africa. 08/04/2014 IMO’s Juvenal Shiundu, Deputy director, Technical Cooperation Division, is representing IMO at the Third Session of the Conference of African Ministers of Transport, Malabo, Equatorial Guinea (April 7-11). More...
McDonald's ocean rescue: Sea change or greenwash?6 October 2011Last updated at 08:19 By Kate Forbes BBC News Experts seem to think the little blue label can have a big impact Think of your most ethical friends. The ones who order organic or fairtrade. Would they be seen in McDonald's? Europe, and the UK in particular, is increasingly seen as a place where being greener is good business sense. Campaigns by various organisations and celebrity chefs have raised awareness of sustainable food, and the latest company to sit up and take notice is the fast-food giant McDonald's. From this month, all of McDonald's Filet-O-Fish sandwiches sold in Europe will now bear a label from the Marine Stewardship Council (MSC), a British environmental watchdog, certifying that the fish used was caught in a sustainable way. In plain English? And each one will carry a label on the box to tell us so - much like fairtrade-certified coffee, or beef from cattle raised on land that does not threaten the rainforest. Continue reading the main story “Start Quote Big Food
Perspectives on Ocean Health | WorldFish StoriesIn the developing world, more than one billion poor people obtain most of their animal protein from fish and 250 million depend on fishing and aquaculture for their livelihoods. However, with wild fish stocks under increasing stress from climate change, pollution, overfishing and other factors, effectively managing the sustainability of the oceans has never been more important. The Economist’s World Oceans Summit (22-24 February 2012) brought together experts and leaders to examine how the increasing activity in and around the oceans can be sustainably managed and what this means for those who depend on the oceans for food and income. "Bringing together divergent points of view to debate, discuss and deconstruct some of the opportunities, myths and rhetoric on the oceans is essential if we are to develop a clear and collective path forward,” said Dr. Global demand for fish, especially in the developing world, is increasing.
State of the Ocean.orgSea ShepherdBlue Frontier CampaignThe oceans, and the challenges they face, are so vast that it’s easy to feel powerless to protect them. 50 Ways to Save the Ocean focuses on practical, easily-implemented actions everyone can take to protect and conserve this vital resource: what fish should and should not be eaten; how and where to vacation; storm drains and driveway run-off; protecting local water tables; proper diving, surfing, and tide pool etiquette; and supporting local marine education. 50 Ways also looks at what can be done to stir the waters of seemingly daunting issues such as toxic pollutant runoff; protecting wetlands and sanctuaries; keeping oil rigs off shore; saving reef environments; and replenishing fish reserves. This book is an excellent read for anyone interested in learning how to make his or her life more ocean friendly. It is also a fun book for the classroom that can be used to educate children about their impact on the 71% of our blue planet. Books at a Discount Buy 10 or more and save 60%. 1.