Our friends at SeaKeeper and the Sargasso Sea Alliance are gathering at the St. Francis Yacht Club tonight to present the 2013 International SeaKeeper Award to honor and promote key figures who have made extraordinary commitments to protect this unique area of our ocean.
The event will take place along with the America’s Cup which will be in full swing this week. In attendance will be Dr. Sylvia Earle, Mission Blue director Patty Elkus and more passionate ocean advocates from the Sargasso Sea Alliance and other hardworking nonprofits. For last minute tickets, click here.
The Sargasso Sea, one of Mission Blue’s 19 Hope Spots, is a dynamic ecosystem of thriving diversity that contributes to overall ocean health. Located near Bermuda, the Sargasso Sea is the only sea without a land boundary. What delineates this magical part of the ocean is sargassum, a genus of brown seaweed that carpets the surface water and supports myriad species, such as the European Eel, American Eel and Loggerhead Turtle. The North Atlantic Gyre collects the mass of sargassum in the Sargasso Sea, which is reputed for its deep blue color and exceptional clarity.
If we protect these Hope Spots, we are plotting a course for improved ocean health, as these precious ecosystems are indeed the seeds of tomorrow’s healthy ocean. To learn more about why Hope Spots matter, click here.