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Dr. Sylvia Earle © Kip F. Evans – Mission Blue Today, the wind picked up making the waters quite choppy. The Sea Hunter delayed heading out to Hannibal bank but once there was able to achieve one spectacular survey, despite the weather. STRI Director Biff Bermingham and Sylvia Earle led the rest of the Mission Blue team on two dives today. “Washing Machine” was the name of the first site and was a set of submerged rock peaks off Isla Jicaron. Before we descended, we saw what looked to be 6 recreational fishing vessels within the park. How can the few fish schools that remain (as far as what we’ve seen) have much of a chance against such pressure? As we descended into the deep, Philippe rang a bell of sorts by clanging a whistle to get our attention.…
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Coiba – Today was a magnificent day in Panama!

By Jenifer Austin Foulkes, Oceans Program Manager, Google and Mission Blue Board Director Tuesday, March 6, 2012   © Kip F. Evans – Mission Blue Kip Evans and Shari Sant Plummer left early in the morning to rendezvous with the Undersea Hunter support ship for the DeepSea sub.  Shari and David Shaw made a 350 foot (120 meters) dive in the sub to explore Hannibal Bank, where they saw numerous stomatopod Mantis shrimp, who mate for life. Kip and Biff did a 120 foot dive to photograph the sub descent. They saw a dead fish carcas at 300 feet being eaten by crabs. They also saw pink coral with white fringes, and a coral that looked like a taco-salad in a flour tortilla bowl.…
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Mission Blue Expedition to Coiba, Panama Launched

Coiba National Park, located off the southwest coast of Panama, is made up of Coiba Island, 38 smaller islands and the surrounding marine areas within the Gulf of Chiriqui. Protected from the cold winds and effects of El Niño, Coiba hosts exceptional diversity on the land and under the ocean. Considered a precious jewel of the Pacific, Coiba is a critical part of the Eastern Pacific Seascape, a broad ocean area within the waters of Colombia, Costa Rica, Panama and Ecuador. Photo: Hector Guzman, STRI Coiba Island is the biggest island in Central America and is also the largest uninhabited island in all of Latin America. It was declared a World Heritage site in 2005 and it provides a key ecological link to the Tropical Eastern Pacific for the transit and survival of pelagic fish and marine mammals.…
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Dr. Earle on Progressive Commentary Hour Tonight

Dr. Earle will be a panel guest tonight with Dr. Gary Null at 7PM Eastern Time, along with  Professor Henry Pollack (Professor Emeritus of Geophysics at the University of Michigan and member of ICPP), and Professor David Montgomery (Professor of Geology at University of Washington).  The subject will be an investigation into some of the critical environmental tipping points – and should make fascinating listening.…
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Artist Courtney Mattison Brings Hope Spots into View

Photo: Deb Castellana San Francisco, California Inspired by Dr. Sylvia Earle and Mission Blue, artist, marine conservation biologist and ocean lover Courtney Mattison has created her own ecosystem of 18 Hope Spots, now on exhibit at the San Francisco University High School / Jackson Street Gallery in San Francisco, California. In doing so she hopes to bring the coral reef above the ocean waves where people can experience them, as well as educate and inspire others to take action to save our planet’s coral reef systems while there is still time. Dr. Earle’s TED Prize wish in 2009 was, “I wish you would use all means at your disposal to ignite public support for a global network of marine protected areas, Hope Spots large enough to save and restore the ocean, the blue heart of the planet.”…
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Peter Seligmann on the America’s Cup Healthy Ocean Project

Peter Seligmann, Co-founder, Chairman, and CEO of Conservation International, writes in today’s Huffington Post about the America’s Cup Healthy Ocean Project, Dr. Earle’s Mission Blue initiative, and his hopes that their leadership will inspire others to take action to save the ocean. RACING TO SAVE THE OCEAN – Peter Seligmann…
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America’s Cup Healthy Ocean Project Launch – San Diego

SAN DIEGO, CANovember 18, 2011 Join us for a deeper look into the America’s Cup Healthy Ocean Project as ocean leaders gather for the official launch in San Diego. To keep their mission to be ‘more than a sport,’ on track, the America’s Cup Event Authority is partnering with some of the leading voices in ocean conservation.  In a recent survey, 70% of adults in America responded that there is nothing wrong with the ocean. These committed ocean advocates and a long list of partners plan to utilize the upcoming America’s Cup events to raise awareness about the harsh realities facing our ocean and to inspire people around the world to make changes in their own lives to turn the tide for the better.…
Posted in America's Cup Healthy Ocean Project, Aquarium of the Bay, Dr. Sylvia Earle, IUCN, mission blue, OceanElders, One World One Ocean, Sailors for the Sea, Scripps Institution of Oceanography |

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New Alliance calls for World’s Largest Marine Reserves around Antarctica

HOBART, Tasmania John Weller: http://www.johnbweller.com/ A new coalition of environmental and conservation groups, the Antarctic Ocean Alliance (AOA), called on the Convention on the Conservation of Antarctic Marine Living Resources (CCAMLR) meeting in Hobart this week to establish the world’s largest network of marine reserves in the oceans around Antarctica. AOA’s proposal, building on the CCAMLR commitment to create a network of marine protected areas in the Southern Ocean, is to establish no-take marine reserves and MPAs in 19 ocean areas around Antarctica. That would establish the most comprehensive ocean protection regime of its kind on the planet. When launching the proposal, the AOA presented a map outlining key areas it recommends for protection, including the Ross Sea, Antarctic Peninsula and Weddell Sea.…
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AMERICA’S CUP HEALTHY OCEAN PROJECT LAUNCHED

San Francisco October 17, 2011 Global leaders in the arena of ocean conservation, oceanographic research, and environmental sustainability gathered today in San Francisco to celebrate the launch of the America’s Cup Healthy Ocean Project, the global initiative of the 34th America’s Cup to educate the world’s populations about the issues facing our oceans and inspire them to act. Driven by its commitment to have the 34th America’s Cup be “more than a sport,” the America’s Cup Event Authority (ACEA) has set an ambitious goal with the AC Healthy Ocean Project to develop the world’s largest communication outreach program focused on improving ocean health. To accomplish this goal, ACEA has partnered with some of the leading voices in the ocean conservation field, including Dr.…
Posted in America's Cup, Aquarium of the Bay, Dr. Sylvia Earle, Healthy Ocean, IUCN, mission blue, Ocean Elders, One World One Ocean, San Francisco Bay, The Bay Institute |

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The Swan Island Expedition Day 07 & 08

With the expedition in it’s final stages, the reefs off Roatan gathered our focus. The Aggressor II’s crew, intimately familiar with these waters, led our divers to their next destination, Pirate’s Point. A wall dive, Pirate’s Point was dominated by gorgonians, black coral and large barrel sponges, giving divers a good taste of the deeper reefs.  Gorgonians and sponges on the deep reef, (c) Kip Evans Photography An important piece of the reef conservation efforts in Honduras has been the recent declaration in 2011, marking Honduran waters as a shark sanctuary. By making a strong stand against shark fishing, the Honduran government has paved the way for the recovery of sharks and the reefs they inhabit. Expedition team member Giacomo Palavicini, explains the importance of sites like Cara a Cara.…
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