December 21, 2010

Sylvia Earle (c) Kip Evans

2011 is a few hours old . . .a good time to reflect on the all that has happened concerning the ocean since our shared Mission Blue days in the Galapagos — some of you in person, some in spirit.

2010 marked setbacks for blue fin tuna, sharks, the Gulf of Mexico, and plankton globally, but magnificent gains for the Chagos Archipelago in the Indian Ocean, the waters around
Sal y Gomez in the eastern Pacific, and the Charlie Gibbs Fracture Zone in the North Atlantic. The amount of blue with some form of protection now exceeds one percent, although the
area where fish have true safe havens remains minuscule.

The culmination of ten years of assessing the ocean by 2700 scientists working with the Census of Marinelife and the launch of Galatee’s film, Oceans, sparked global awareness of the magnificence
— and vulnerability — of life in the sea, and its relevance to all of us.

Overall, the spirit of Mission Blue is alive and well, inspiring action on many fronts, with initiatives born in the Galapagos gaining momentum, providing hope for the ocean, hope for achieving peace with
nature– and peace among people everywhere.

In a few days, some of us will be at sea again, using Ted Waitt’s submersible and Edie Widder’s remote camera system to explore and document the current state of
the Gulf of Mexico.

More news will follow. With best wishes, love and thanks to all of you for all that you are doing to protect Earth’s blue heart.

Sylvia Earle

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