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Commentary from the International Marine Conservation Congress (IMCC) in Victoria, British Columbia

The Sylvia Earle Alliance has helped send Dr. Phil McGillivary of the US Coast Guard Pacific Area and Brendan Tougher, an Environmental Management graduate student at the University of San Francisco, to participate in and comment on the 2nd International Marine Conservation Congress (IMCC2) in Victoria, British Columbia. The two ocean advocates will be immersed in meetings with managers, scientists, graduate students and native peoples who are passionate about the protection of the marine ecosystem. Over the course of the conference they will be sharing their experience with the SEAlliance community by interviewing ocean champions who are committed to improving the state of the marine ecosystem. Making Science Matter for Conservation: Day 1 at the IMCC2 Empress Hotel, BC Across the Juan de Fuca Strait northwest of the city of Seattle, Washington, lies Vancouver Island, and on its southern tip the city of Victoria, British Columbia.…
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Sylvia Earle Sculpture at Google HQ

Sylvia Earle Google is showcasing some incredible sculptures of oceanographers, marine photographers and famous divers to commemorate the successful launch of the new Google Ocean. The art is in one of the main courtyards open for the public to visit. The courtyard is located at 1600 Amphitheater Way, Mountain View.  Jacques Cousteau The sculptures were carved by “Viktor,” who has captured all the individuals who  received the famous Legends of The Sea Award. The massive stone carvings were unveiled in August of 2009.  Some of the people represented are Stan Waterman – underwater film photographer, Jacques Cousteau –  ocean environmentalist & educator,  and Dr. Sylvia Earle – National Geographic Explorer. There are also carvings of Ron and Valerie Taylor – shark experts and film makers and Zale Parry – an underwater photographer and actress.…
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Sylvia Earle: Oceans at risk because of ‘luxury tastes’

Sylvia Earle spoke to Stephen Sackur at the Editorial Intelligence conference in Portmeirion, in North Wales. “The world renowned American oceanographer, Sylvia Earle, is convinced that our seas, and therefore our planet, are in grave peril. But how can she convince the world to take notice of a global threat which is invisible to most of us?” To watch the full discussion on BBC World News click here. Re-posted from BBC News.…
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Kip Evans Featured in Bay Crossings

Kip Evans, Director of Expeditions for SEA will have his documentary “A Wave of Change” featured at the SF Ocean Film Festival, taking place March 9-13, 2011. In a short interview Kip shared his thoughts on our troubled ocean: “The ocean is in serious trouble right now. If you consider that 50 percent of the world’s coral reefs are in trouble and that there are growing problems of ocean acidification, overfishing and many other issues, you will see that we need to act now—we are running out of time,” said Kip Evans, filmmaker for A Wave of Change, one of the films highlighted in the MPA-focused program. “As a filmmaker, I want to highlight the positive steps that are being taken, actions that precipitate significant change.…
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Gstaad, Switzerland Event Raises $1 Million for the Oceans

Representatives from the world’s leading environment and marine conservation NGO’s met last weekend in Gstaad (Switzerland) to share programmes, ideas and initiatives for protecting the world’s oceans. As part of an event co-hosted by the Bertarelli Foundation and the BLUE Marine Foundation, a group of marine biologists and international specialists evaluated the recent creation of the Marine Protected Area (MPA) in the Chagos Archipelago, the world’s largest marine reserve with an area of 500,000 square kilometers in the British Indian Ocean Territory. Ernesto Bertarelli The main theme of discussion between the experts was how to specifically manage the Chagos reserve, in particular how to get the most from this enormous no-fishing area for the Indian Ocean ecosystem. A number of questions were raised on how to make the Chagos MPA an international benchmark and case study to guide future actions towards the protection of the oceans, and how it could be replicated in the next few years to create other large Marine Protected Areas in some of the world’s most valuable marine ecosystems.…
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Sylvia Receives Life Time Achievement Award

By Sheila A. McKenna, SEAlliance Senior Research Scientist Sylvia Earle speaking after accepting her life time achievement award from NCSE, Washington DCPhoto: Jenifer Austin Our Changing Oceans, the 11th National Conference on Science, Policy and Environment, took place in Washington, DC from January 19-21, 2011. At the end of day two, Her Deepness, Dr. Sylvia A. Earle, was awarded the National Council for Science and the Environment Lifetime Achievement Award. After being befittingly introduced by ocean champion, Congressman Sam Farr, Dr. Earle took the stage wearing her signature light blue blazer and infectious smile to an enthusiastic standing ovation from the packed auditorium. Once on stage, Her Deepness cast her magic by opening with a seven-minute clip of the documentary/movie about her TED Wish and Mission Blue.…
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Oceanographer Earle to Receive Mystic Seaport Award

Photo by Kip Evans World-renowned oceanographer, marine biologist, deep-sea explorer and author Sylvia A. Earle will be honored with Mystic Seaport’s America and the Sea Award at a gala held in her honor at the St. Regis Hotel in New York City on Wednesday, November 3. The award honors and celebrates those who embrace the scholarship, exploration, adventure, aesthetics, competition and freedom the sea inspires. Previous winners include pre-eminent yacht designer Olin J. Stephens II, author and historian David McCullough, President and CEO of Crowley Maritime Corporation Thomas B. Crowley, Jr. and philanthropist William I. Koch. Read the full article here.…
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Sylvia Earle: The Planet Is ‘In Serious Trouble’

In this video from CNN, Dr. Sylvia Earle recounts highlights from her history in oceanography. She talks about the 1969 program that was simultaneously working to put women under the sea while also putting men on the moon. Earle stresses the importance of protecting our oceans, saying that we need to “try to inspire an awareness of what the problems are, and to inspire those who have the capacity to solve problems to do just that.” She tells CNN that these next ten years may be the most important out of the next 10,000 “to secure for us an enduring future on this little blue planet that is already in serious trouble.” Click here to read the full article in the Huffington Post…
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Who is Mission Blue?

Mission Blue operates as an innovative, multi-year global alliance with multi-sector participation. Players from government, for-profit, media, education, conservation and other sectors coalesce on an ongoing basis with the goal of building collaborations and taking actions to increase global awareness about the urgent ocean crisis and reverse the decline of the ocean’s health…. Mission Blue is looking to accelerate the sharing of new ideas and knowledge, implement working solutions, and develop relationships—like those highlighted in the interview with Lorenzo—before time runs out…. Lorenzo Rosenzweig talks about the changing nature of collaboration in marine conservation and how FMCN and MAR Leadership are playing their part. Find out more about what FMCN is doing to contribute to Marine Conservation at www.marleaders.org and www.fmcn.org.Click…
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