We hope to see a healthy ocean free of pollution and teeming with life. Clean beaches. Magnificently colored coral reefs crowded with a multitude of fish, octopuses, squid, and sharks. Ocean waters free of excess carbon dioxide which allows for normal acidity levels so that clams and snails can build their shells and corals can continue to grow... an ocean filled with a sustainable number of schools of tuna, cod, groupers, snappers, mackerels... pods of whales and dolphins free of the threat of harpoons, nets, pollution.... Our future ocean has few dead zones with waters restored to their healthy oxygen-rich state... in balance once again. Mangroves and estuaries restored providing the much needed marine life nurseries with manatees and dugongs... beaches filled with the nests of sea turtles and coastlines crowded with hatchlings as they find their way back to the sea each year.
Only the application of sound science and aggressive conservation will ensure that this is truly what the future holds. To ensure a sustainable future for the ocean we will require an increased understanding of the ocean and its marine life and an effective cultivation of a global sea ethic.
You can definitely help by taking action, spreading the word and supporting groups like us through donations or memberships. Help us share the wonders of the ocean, educate more people, and provide tools to assist scientists and conservationists around the world. We believe that it is our collective duty to protect our planet and all life for many really good reasons.
Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it's the only thing that ever has. ~ Margaret Mead
If we have a hope of really understanding our place in nature and of carving out a place for ourselves that is sustainable, it’s primarily because of the new level of communication. It used to be, ‘What you don’t have in your mind, you have on your shelf.’ But now we have the Web. ~ Sylvia Earle
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These are just a few of the solutions to the myriad of problems facing the ocean. Do what you can as an individual — it does make a difference.
"Georgia Aquarium has decided not to appeal the decision handed down by Judge Totenberg. We firmly disagree with the Judge's decision, but the extended appeal process would add to an already lengthy series of legal proceedings, which would not be in the best interest of the animals in Russia."
As if the world's coral reefs didn't have enough problems — killer rising ocean temperatures, crazy bleaching events and oil slicks comprised of sunscreen from sunbathers that denude them, they are now under attack by hordes of thorny sea creatures.
Fishing nations at the annual meeting of the International Commission for the Conservation of Atlantic Tunas (ICCAT) have once again failed to adopt scientific advice and best practices to safeguard several species of oceanic sharks.