Monthly Archives: May 2012

Mission Blue Bahamas Expedition: Nassau & Staniel Cay

By Kip Evans


(c) Kip F. Evans/Mission Blue

After dragging hundreds of pounds of equipment from the United States we finally arrived in the Bahamas yesterday afternoon.  Looking a bit ragged and feeling a bit beat up from our flights, we were excited to meet with our team near Staniel Cay, but we made a short stop in Nassau first to meet with the Minister of the Environment, The Honorable Kenred Dorsett.  
Team member Eleanor Phillips (The Nature Conservancy) picked us up at the airport and whisked us off to a packed office filled with the Minister, his aids, and members of the Bahamas National Trust; the equivalent of the US National Park Service.  After introductions, Dr. Earle gave a 10 minute talk about the state of the ocean, “The next decade is critical to preserving what’s left of the ocean, we can’t continue to act as if we are not harming the ocean. …

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Time to Protect Antarctica’s Unique and Critical Marine Habitats: A Call to Protect Over 40% of the Southern Ocean

This week, the Antarctic Ocean Alliance (AOA) is stepping up its campaign to protect the Southern Ocean surrounding Antarctica. At an event at the British Academy of London on Monday 21st May, the AOA unveiled a new vision for the creation of the world’s largest network of Marine Protected Areas (MPAs) and no-take marine reserves in 19 key Antarctic marine habitats in the Southern Ocean. The AOA is launched a new report ‘Antarctic Ocean Legacy: A Vision for Circumpolar Protection‘ calling on all of the countries involved in deciding the fate of this magnificent environment to support far-reaching Antarctic marine protection.
The launch in London on Monday marked the first AOA event in the UK.
Antarctic marine ecosystems are under increasing pressure.Growing…

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Dangerous Ice Causes British Ocean Rowers to Cancel their Row Across the Northern Atlantic

By Mera McGrew
Roz Savage and Andrew Morris, two British ocean rowers, were planning to set off on a record-setting voyage across the Northern Atlantic this week. However, fragmented icebergs and unusual amounts of ice have forced the ocean-rowing duo to cancel their expedition.
Savage released a statement saying, “The chances of hitting ice — and the serious consequences of a punctured hull in freezing North Atlantic waters — meant that the risk to our safety was simply unacceptable.“ Morris commented, “we came here to do something inspiring, not something stupid.”
Savage, 44, and Morris, 47, had teamed up to become the first male-female team to cross the North Atlantic, test themselves physically and mentally, arrive in London for the beginning of the 2012 Olympic games, and also to raise awareness for environmental issues.…

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Mission Blue Launches Expedition to Bahamian Reefs Hope Spot

Consisting of over 3,000 islands, islets and cays, and covering an area of over 14,000 square kilometers, the nation of the Bahamas contains several priceless marine habitats, and thus has been designated by Dr. Earle as one of Mission Blue’s global Hope Spots. In cooperation with The Nature Conservancy, the expedition will be concentrated in the Exuma Cays, a Marine Protected Area that has been managed as a no-take marine fishery reserve since 1986, allowing populations of commercially important species such as queen conch, Nassau grouper and spiny lobster to thrive. Sea turtles and sharks swim throughout coral reefs teeming with marine life.

(c) Mark Godfrey/TNC

Joining us onboard will be Eleanor Phillips, director of The Nature Conservancy’s Northern Caribbean program.…

Posted in Bahamian Reefs Hope Spot, Dr. Sylvia Earle, Eleanor Phillips, exumas land and sea park, hope spots, The Bahama, The Nature Conservancy |

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Calling All Ocean Lovers

In November 2011, the Australian government proposed the establishment of the world’s largest marine protected area in the waters of the Coral Sea, off the Eastern coast of Queensland, Australia. The proposed Coral Sea Commonwealth Marine Reserve will cover approximately 385,000 square miles (989,842 square kilometers).
The proposal would forbid oil and gas extraction as well as ban fishing equipment that destroys seafloor habitats. The proposal represents an important step towards proper protection. However, protections need to be stronger. The government’s plan is for a multi-use marine reserve, with only two reefs out of 25 in the Coral Sea set to receive full protection. Higher-level protection is needed to ensure the current levels of biodiversity persist and the fragile ecosystems remain intact long-term.…

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Healthy Ocean Project featured at AC Events in Venice

The America’s Cup Healthy Ocean Project, with Dr. Earle as global ambassador, is continuing to gain momentum as the World Series races make their way around the globe. Currently racing is underway in the spectacular venue of Venice, Italy, and partners IUCN and Sailors for the Sea are there to share the mission of the Healthy Ocean Project with thousands of spectators attending the races.

On the local front in San Francisco, partners are gearing up for World Series events in August and October of this year – which is right around the corner!  Ocean conservation initiatives at the core of the campaign are MPAs, sustainable seafood, and marine debris and plastics.  Through education and outreach with our local and global partners, we hope to inspire the millions of people who will watch the America’s Cup events to take care of the ocean that takes care of us.


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Celebrate your favorite graduate with a gift to the ocean!

You can send that special graduate a gift of a donation to the Sylvia Earle Alliance to help save and protect the Ocean!  If you make a donation, we’ll send a personalized note card — your choice of a whale, a turtle, a sea lion or a beautiful ocean scene photographed by Kip Evans to your favorite graduate.

(c) Kip Evans Photography

Call the SEA office at 415-693-3177 and leave your name and telephone number; we will return your call, or email us at…

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Wild Aid Gala Honors Google Oceans Program

Hollywood joined forces with Silicon Valley last Friday evening to support WildAid at their annual gala.  Larry King, Hayden Panettiere, Jared Leto, Maggie Q, John Corbett, Kate Flannery, and Bo Derek were among the stars raising money for WildAid.
Receiving honors at the Gala were the Google Oceans Program and Jim Clarke for the innovative use of technology to benefit ocean conservation work, including the support of the documentary film, The Cove. The 300 guest formal VIP dinner included a presentation by WildAid Founder Peter Knights and a live auction in addition to the awards.
Google VP and Keyhole founder Brian McClendon accepted the award. We’d like to also thank John Hanke and all of the Googlers who’ve worked hard to bring Dr.…

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Kip Evans Featured on KQED ~ Quest

On May 16, our Director of Expeditions and Photography, Kip Evans will be featured on KQED ~ Quest, a multimedia series exploring science, nature and environment in Northern California and beyond.
For those of you not within reach of KQED, you can view the segment below!…

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Wyland releases “Blues Planet: Sounds”

From renowned artist and filmmaker, Wyland comes ‘Blues Planet: Sounds,’ a new documentary narrated by Dr. Sylvia Earle. Featuring many of the world’s leading voices for conservation and original music from the Wyland Blues Planet Project by Taj Mahal, Rod Piazza, Steve Turre, Nick-I, and 40 more blues icons. It was recorded in New Orleans on the first anniversary of the Gulf Oil Disaster.
‘Blues Planet: Sounds’ is a powerful and moving visual masterpiece that sheds light on the environmental challenges of our day and the many people who through art, music, and science are today creating an environmental renaissance.…

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