December 30, 2013

As we look forward to 2014 it’s clear that there is much work to be done to protect our planet’s Blue Heart. Yet, we should also look back and realize the good work done in 2013 towards our critical mission of creating Hope Spots in the ocean — the seeds of tomorrow’s flourishing marine environment. Right now, we are in a sweet spot in time. The time to act is now.

If you have a few moments as the New Year rolls in, I invite you to read my article in The Virginia Quarterly Review to get a sense of what I mean by “sweet spot” in time. It is my great hope that you continue to feed Mission Blue with passion and inspiration into the New Year.



Hope is Growing…

This year, Greenpeace and Mission Blue, represented by Dr. Sylvia Earle and Greenpeace Executive Director Phil Radford, met concerned citizens at the Seattle Aquarium to discover, explore and take action to protect the Bering Sea Canyons.  Together they declared this precious marine ecosystem the 19th Hope Spot. Mission Blue continues to put pressure on the North Pacific Fishery Management Council to do what’s right and protect this critical ocean ecosystem.


The World is Noticing…

This year, Sylvia was honored for her leadership in exploration, science, environmental stewardship and education at the National Geographic Society’s 125th Anniversary Gala celebration 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.

Read the full story here.

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Exciting news came out of the 3rd International Marine Protected Areas Congress (IMPAC 3): Her Deepness Sylvia Earle, Mission Blue and IUCN launched 31 new Mission Blue Hope Spots — Marine Protected Areas — across the globe to massively scale up the level of marine protection that experts consider necessary for a sustainable future. There are now 50 Hope Spots.
Dr. Earle was in South Africa to help the Grahamstown based charity the Sustainable Seas Trust shed some light on the importance of ocean conservation. The team toured South Africa’s coastline and spreading the word of coastal conservation to everyone from young school children to the various mayors and dignitaries along the way.
Aquarius Reef Base off Key Largo has been saved! Through a great deal of work by a great number of dedicated people, the only underwater laboratory on earth has been funded for continued operation.  Aquarius is an invaluable tool to study the ocean environment allowing us to gather knowledge of our changing ocean and its inhabitants. Learn more here about this monumental success.
Check out this video “The True Value of Our Oceans” as part of the “Two Minutes on Oceans with Jim Toomey” ocean video series. The video is a collaboration between The United Nations Environment Programme’s Regional Office for North America (UNEP RONA) and Mission Blue Executive Director, Jim Toomey, who is also one of North America’s premier syndicated cartoonists and whose comic strip Sherman’s Lagoon entertains and educates readers about ocean issues every week.


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