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Cayman Islands: Coral Nursery Conservation Program

By: Laura Butz The caribbean has already lost 80% of its coral reefs. Grand Cayman Eco Divers in collaboration with the Cayman Islands Department of Environment and local dive establishments are working together to maintain coral nurseries and aid in conservation, sustainability and restoration of Cayman’s coral reefs. The program develops effective strategies for protecting and restoring […]

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A Bay Full of Hope

By: Geo Cloete Water is still dripping from my partly undressed wetsuit. With my towel comfortably wrapped around my shoulders, I can feel the heat of the African sun warming me up nicely. It’s a stunningly beautiful winter’s day in Cape Town and although there is a crispness to the air, I feel in no […]

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Heartache and Hope for Coral Reefs

In 2012 Liz Cunningham witnessed a dramatic coral bleaching event in the Turks and Caicos Islands in less than one week’s time. That month the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) documented record-breaking temperature highs for the North Atlantic and Caribbean Sea. This excerpt from Cunningham’s award-winning book, Ocean Country, describes what she saw. By: Liz […]

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The Sound of Climate Disruption

By: Michael Stocker  It has been known for quite some time that excessive anthropogenic carbon dioxide is modifying ocean chemistry, increasing acidity, and compromising shell growth in calciferous sea life. The effects of this have been confirmed in sea snails, corals, and oysters, but also in marine phytoplankton – the organisms that provide a significant […]

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How do you Transform a Shark-Finning Camp into a Nursery for Baby Sharks?

We are proud to partner with the Misool Foundation!  By: Jo Marlow In 2005, explorers and visionaries Marit and Andrew Miners were diving in remote Raja Ampat, Indonesia amongst the richest reefs in the world. Their journey took them to a beach where they discovered an active shark-finning camp. Jarred by the tranquility experienced underwater in […]

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Ghosts of the Ocean

By: Martin Stelfox, Olive Ridley Project  A growing human population combined with an insatiable appetite for seafood has dramatically increased pressure on fishing communities worldwide. To keep up with the demand for seafood products, fishers around the world are replacing nets made with natural fibers like cotton and coconut to cheaper and stronger materials like […]

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21,000 Jobs in Peril: Pipeline Threatens the Saanich Inlet and the Southern Gulf Islands Hope Spot

 By: Shilpi Chhotray, Mission Blue Communications Strategist  Did you know the cool waters of Vancouver Island provide some of the greatest diversity of marine life in North America? In fact, underwater explorer and filmmaker Jacques Cousteau remarked “it’s the best temperate-water diving in the world and second only to the Red Sea.” Saanich Inlet and the […]

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Bearing Witness to a Gathering of Giants

Behind the Scenes with Mission Blue in the Revillagigedo Archipelago By Courtney Mattison Earlier this month, the Mission Blue expedition team joined forces with Fins Attached, the lab of Dr. James Ketchum of Pelagios Kakunjá and FUSION Media to explore the Revillagigedo Archipelago about 250 nautical miles south of Cabo San Lucas, Mexico. Fondly referred to […]

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NGOs Unite to Save Sea Turtles From Shrimp Boats

Mission Blue is proud to stand with Oceana and 81 other NGO’s in support of using Turtle Excluder Devices (TEDs) on Southeastern shrimp boats to protect sea turtles from by catch. On February 14, 2017, the letter below was sent to the National Marine Fisheries Service urging support and passage of this important regulation. On behalf of the undersigned […]

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Saving Canada’s Sea of Glass: Conservation Groups Welcome Canada’s Newest MPA

Congratulations to the Canadian government for protecting the Hecate Strait and Queen Charlotte Sound Glass Sponge Reef Hope Spot! We are thrilled to see this new Hope Spot achieve marine protected area status which is home to ancient, unique and important glass sponge reefs, found nowhere else in the world. Our partners at CPAWS have been working […]

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