Monthly Archives: June 2013

National Geographic Society Honors Six for Outstanding Contributions

By Courtney Mattison Six extraordinary individuals were honored for their leadership in exploration, science, environmental stewardship and education at the National Geographic Society’s 125th Anniversary Gala celebration last night in Washington, D.C. Held at the National Building Museum, this star-studded event celebrated the power of exploration to inspire curiosity, research, creativity and ultimately a deeper understanding of our role in the natural world. National Geographic Society CEO and Chairman John Fahey explained the evening’s theme, “A New Age of Exploration”: Exploration for our founders in 1888 was driven by a desire for knowledge and adventure. Today we have the same goals, but our explorers — and those who support them — are driven by a deeper purpose. In this new age of exploration, they want to help navigate the increasingly complex relationship between humanity’s needs and the natural world that sustains us.…
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Onward and Downward

Between 1969 and 1972, 12 people (all of them men) walked on the moon, took an afternoon stroll 240,000 miles away. Around this same time, Sylvia Earle, the first chief scientist for the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration, was just learning to dive deep below the surface of the sea. Back then the tempertature of the earth was about one degree cooler than it is today, coral reefs were thriving, and we still thought of the ocean as “too big to fail,” Earle said in a lecture on May 22 to kick off the first annual Sustaining Coastal Cities conference, an event hosted by the College of Science. A “living legend” according to the Library of Congress, Earle first became enamored with the sea as a kid when she read a book by William Beebe, the man who developed the first underwater breathing system, which he and Otis Barton used to plunge themselves a half mile down.…
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The Global Partnership for Oceans ~ Blue Ribbon Panel

The Global Partnership for Oceans is a growing alliance of more than 100 governments, international organizations, civil society groups, and private sector interests committed to addressing the threats to the health, productivity and resilience of the world’s oceans. It aims to tackle documented problems of overfishing, pollution, and habitat loss. Together these problems are contributing to the depletion of a natural resource bank that provides nutrition, livelihoods and vital ecosystem services. Funded by the World Bank, and supported by numerous organizations including Conservation International, National Geographic, The World Wildlife fund and a host of others, the alliance promises to be a powerful force for ocean health worldwide. Prepare to be inspired by this video, produced at a recent meeting of the group!…
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US Department of State Galvanizes Commitment to Ocean Policy

Last week, in preparation for an International Oceans Summit planned for this fall, Dr. Sylvia Earle was invited along with other ocean experts to The Department of State in Washington, DC to advise Secretary John Kerry on current threats facing our planet’s ocean and to discuss ways to promote international actions needed to move toward a sustainable future.  As a result, Mission Blue Founder and President, Sylvia Earle has been named to the Steering Committee of Secretary Kerry’s Ocean Initiative – great news for the ocean!  “World Oceans Day appropriately demands our focus on protecting our planet’s most critical resource and we reaffirm our responsibility to ocean conservation as environmental stewards,” said Kerry in a State Department Press Release. The United States, working domestically and with partners around the world, is taking significant action to strengthen ocean policy and conservation.…
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Sylvia Earle Teams with Nat Geo and La Mer for World Oceans Day Video

Skin care brand La Mer has teamed up with the underwater explorers at National Geographic to compose a short film for World Oceans Day that is, in a word, breathtaking.  The collaborative film features Mission Blue founder, Dr. Sylvia Earle as she delves into the big blue abyss while promoting aquatic habitat protection.  Dr. Earle has led more than 100 marine expeditions, logged more than 7,000 hours underwater and, in July 2012, set a record for solo diving in 1,000 meters depth. In short, she’s one of the most influential ocean experts of our time.  So please, take a few minutes to appreciate the world’s oceans, if you get our drift.  Feature Photo (c) National Geographic…
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Ideas for Change ~ with Dr. Sylvia Earle

To celebrate World Oceans Day 2013, the World Economic Forum and the film company Lonelyleap partnered with Dr. Sylvia Earle to create an award winning short film that focuses on the importance of protecting the ocean, touching on issues such as bottom trawling, overfishing, and pollution. An Interactive infographic designed by the Global Agenda Council on Oceans in partnership with the Ocean Health Index will be hosted on the World Economic Forum homepage http://www.weforum.org/. The infographic enables audiences to learn more about the benefits of measuring and monitoring ocean resources through the Ocean Health Index and Seafood Traceability. The World Economic Forum Blog (http://forumblog.org) will feature supporting blog posts from a number of expert oceanographers:  – Sylvia Earle, Oceanographer and Creator of Mission Blue Foundation, on Oceans – Celine Cousteau, Founder and CEO of CauseCentric Productions, on Human-Ocean Relationship  – Nishan Degnarain, Senior Economic Adviser at the Ministry of Finance and Economic Development of Mauritius, on the Economic Role of Oceans  – Hans Juergen-Matern, Vice-President and Head of Corporate Sustainability and Regulatory Affairs at METRO AG, on the Importance of Sustainable Fishing – Greg Stone, Executive Vice-President and Chief Scientist for Oceans, Global Marine Conservation International, on Oceans Metrics (Ocean Health Index)…
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Megan Cook Selected for Dr. Robert Ballard’s Nautilus Exploration Program

“All of us are born explorers.  If we find ourselves in a room that has a door, the first thing we will do is open the door to see what is on the other side.” Dr. Robert Ballard Over 95% of our ocean is still unexplored. Nearly all of this falls far below the sun-streaked scuba depths and into the deep sea- the great frontier left on our planet. Come along this summer as Mission Blue Young Explorer Megan Cook joins the Nautilus Exploration Program to take you into depths of our blue planet never seen before.  The Nautilus Exploration Program was founded in 2008 by Dr. Robert Ballard, the discoverer of the Titanic and a great ocean explorer. The international exploration program centers on scientific exploration of the seafloor launched from aboard the Exploration Vessel Nautilus, a 211-foot research vessel equipped with state-of-the-art exploration and telepresence technology.…
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Sylvia Earle to be LIVE on World Oceans Day Around the World

On World Oceans Day, The Online Ocean Symposium, in association with Mission Blue and other ocean organizations from around the world, will come together to discuss their work and the necessity to protect the precious heart of our blue world. They will be holding a series of three hangouts on the air, each an hour long, each beginning at 12:00PM in a different time zone across the world. These hangouts will be streamed live in the assigned slots in their associated event pages and the Online Ocean Symposium’s G+ page. Guests will include: Dr. Sylvia Earle, Celine Cousteau, One World One Ocean, The Sargasso Sea Alliance, Ocean Ark Alliance, Sharon Kwok, Richard Vevers of Catlin Seaview Survey/Underwater Earth, The Oceanic Preservation Society and many many more! …
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Celebrating Pulmo Marine Park’s 18th Year!

A Mobula Ray jumps for joy celebrating not only World Oceans Week, but also the 18th Anniversary of her home, Cabo Pulmo Marine Park, located within Mission Blue’s Gulf of California Hope Spot. This jewel of the East Cape region of Baja California Sur stretches five miles from the northernmost tip, Pulmo Point to the southernmost tip, Los Frailes. Surrounded by undeveloped desert and a stunning mountain range, the pristine beaches of Cabo Pulmo Park give way to a shallow bay that cradles one of three living reefs in North America. A shining example to the world of what marine protection can do, Cabo Pulmo remains under threat.  Development threats to Cabo Pulmo remain, so at Mission Blue, we’re keeping a close eye along with our local partners on the region. …
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Trip Report: Mission Blue – Australia’s Coral Sea and the Great Barrier Reef

May 2013:  The Mission Blue film crew and Dr. Sylvia Earle left port from Cairns, Australia to explore and document the remote Holmes and Osprey Reefs in the outer Coral Sea (over 250km offshore mainland Australia) – with a planned stop on the Great Barrier Reef on the return trip in. Heavy winds and weather restricted us to the seldom visited Holmes Reef for the majority of our trip.  The water quality was incredible at Holmes, but the poor health of the corals and shortage of fish life left a real concern.  Some have blamed the weather and cyclones for the coral die off – but even with the minimal time we had there, we were surprised at our how much of the area seemed to be struggling overall. …
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