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We have selected our first crowdsourced project from your submitted ideas: Reducing collisions between ships and whales. We continue to accept submissions for future projects.


SUBMIT OCEAN PROBLEM

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Right whale

Posted by Andy Mathieson | Maine, United States | Whales, Dolphins, and Marine Mammals

Maine Marine Resources has struggled to adapt regulations which protect Right Whales, targeting inshore commercial fisheries. With little or no regard to ship traffic. I like what your doing on the... Learn More

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Unlocking the real potential of scaling “Blue Carbon” projects to mitigate climate change – powered by a hybrid model of technology & surf culture

Posted by Michael Stewart | California, United States | Climate Change

The problem we see is immediate and easy to understand. As the new Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change report (IPCC Oct 8th, 2018) makes clear, climate change impacts are wreaking havoc on our... Learn More

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Leverage Electronic Monitoring to Drive Healthy Fisheries

Posted by Sarah Freiermuth / TNC | California, United States | Other

Fisheries provide food for 3 billion people and directly or indirectly employ over 10 percent of the world’s population. Despite our clear dependence on fisheries, the vast majority of the... Learn More

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Yayasan Misool Baseftin’s submission

Posted by Nancy Goldstein | California, United States | Ocean Plastics

Bank Sampah, Yayasan Misool Baseftin’s successful community recycling program in the heart of Sorong City, Indonesia, diverted 85 tons of ocean-bound plastic in 2017. We are currently on course to... Learn More

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The Power of Maps – Using Maps to reveal and raise awareness of global plastic pollution

Posted by 5 Gyres Institute | California, United States | Ocean Plastics

Maps today are numerous and can be found on many different platforms, but plastic pollution, in its many shapes and sizes, still doesn’t have a global map, especially a map that includes land. Over... Learn More

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TrashBlitz- your city’s plastic pollution snapshot

Posted by 5 Gyres Institute | California, United States | Ocean Plastics

Plastic pollution has been found across all oceans. Based on our observations of the current and future direction of the plastic pollution movement, a better understanding of metropolitan sources of... Learn More

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The Island Overspill effect – what goes in must come out

Posted by 5 Gyres Institute | California, United States | Ocean Plastics

Developing countries, especially on remote islands, are often subject to heavy tourism and development and are incapable of managing their waste due to lack of infrastructure and physical space. 5... Learn More

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The Solution to Ocean Pollution; Indonesia’s first Trash Wheel

Posted by Ky Chee | Lombok, Indonesia | Ocean Plastics

The Problem: Indonesia is the 2nd largest contributor to oceans plastic waste in the world. The majority of the waste is land based which is spread into our ocean through rivers ways. The Jankuk... Learn More

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Ocean Plastic Pollution education materials in spanish for latino populations

Posted by 5 Gyres Institute | California, United States | Ocean Plastics

Ocean plastic pollution in the US has gained a lot of attention in the recent decade but mainly among the english speaking demographic. Often, educational materials about this environmental issue are... Learn More

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Ocean de-oxygenation (updated submittal with video)

Posted by Philip Kithil | New Mexico, United States | Climate Change

The oceans provide half the oxygen we breathe but ocean oxygen content has been declining for decades due to warming caused by elevated atmospheric CO2 from fossil fuel emissions. A recent scientific... Learn More

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Ocean de-oxygenation.

Posted by Philip Kithil | New Mexico, United States | Climate Change

The oceans provide half the oxygen we breathe but ocean oxygen content has been declining for decades due to warming caused by elevated atmospheric CO2 from fossil fuel emissions. A recent scientific... Learn More

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The ocean’s self-regulating mechanisms are in jeopardy.

Posted by Lars Henrikson | Washington, United States | Other

Marine systems that once kept the ocean clean and chemically balanced are overtaxed. Coastal natural systems such as marshes, eel grass beds, mangrove forests and tidelands have been degraded or... Learn More

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Scan the UPC on your phone and buy/recycle smarter

Posted by Darlene Garvais | California, United States | Ocean Plastics

Consumers are confused about recycling and so they either don't do it, or they do it wrong. They are also confused about microbeads, plastic jetsam, and trash diversion. With China's recent... Learn More

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Assist the effort to cleanup the Great Pacific Garbage Patch that is underway

Posted by cmedley | California, United States | Ocean Plastics

Over the next two weeks, the Launcher will tow the 2,000-foot, 380-ton apparatus 200 nautical miles offshore, where its survivability and efficiency will be tested for the first time in the... Learn More

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Find a solution to the increasing sargassum problem in the Mexican Caribbean coastline

Posted by David Gallardo | Mexico City, Mexico | Habitat Change

Sargassum (brownish seaweed) has always been an annual guest in the beaches of the Mexican caribbean, but since 5 or so years ago, it has been increasing to extreme levels, and this year it became... Learn More

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Educate our younger generation about ocean litter

Posted by Ian McLaren | South Carolina, United States | Ocean Plastics

Myriad suggestions exist on how to address the ever growing problem of plastic litter in our oceans, and in our everyday lives. Many of these focus on recyclable/reusable/compostable materials for... Learn More

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Marine scientists and textile scientists need to cooperate to solve the microfiber problem

Posted by Judith Weis | New York, United States | Ocean Plastics

When synthetic clothes are washed in machines, they release thousands of plastic microfibers into the water that are too small to be captured in standard filters in the washing machine see. These... Learn More

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Ocean Plastics. Working on straw replacements at retail stores through “Channel Keeper”

Posted by Richard Powell | California, United States | Ocean Plastics

We are working on straw replacements at retail shops throughout Santa Barbara county. Working with " Channel Keeper" My name Richard Powell, NPS and NMS naturalist working at the Channel Islands.... Learn More

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Reduce your carbon footprint!!

Posted by Philippe Maman | District of Columbia, United States | Pollution

Even though we are speaking of Oceans, 25% of human CO2 pollution is absorbed by the Oceans which in turns acidify the water and contribute to fish decline. Many papers were written about carbon... Learn More

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Stop using “microplastic”

Posted by Philippe Maman | District of Columbia, United States | Ocean Plastics

microplastic in toothpaste, shower gels, clothing etc..get to the oceans via waste water. Microplastic are impossible to intercept and recycle, being so small. There is an estimate of 50 billions... Learn More

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Please Save the Bay!

Posted by Philippe Maman | District of Columbia, United States | Pollution

The Chesapeake bay is an amazing body of water where many non polluting industries and fisheries thrive. However the pollution coming from farming and fertilizer threaten the environment, the bay and... Learn More

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Stop drinking from plastic bottles! POLLUTION

Posted by Philippe Maman | District of Columbia, United States | Ocean Plastics

Reducing human consumption of plastic bottles will reduce the amount of plastic bottles trash in the... Learn More

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Mass of plastic

Posted by Jeffrey Hammond | California, United States | Ocean Plastics

That HUGE mass of plastic in the Pacific Ocean heading towards the US West coast? What can be done to eliminate... Learn More

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Why do so many Sea Lions get cancer? The answer could unlock how to prevent cancer in everyone.

Posted by Anna Sweeney | , United States | Whales, Dolphins, and Marine Mammals

Besides the Tasmanian Devil, Sea Lions have one of the highest rates of cancer of all mammals. The fur seals don't show any instances of cancer. Their habitat is further out in the ocean.. Why Sea... Learn More

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prevent whale entanglements by fishing for crab and lobster with ropeless traps

Posted by Frances Gulland | , United States | Whales, Dolphins, and Marine Mammals

Humpback whales off California are entangled in crab pot lines, critically endangered North Atlantic right whales die off the eastern sea board of the US and Canada in lobster pot and snow crab... Learn More

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Feed the world from our oceans

Posted by norah Eddy | , United States | Other

In the next 30 years, it’s anticipated there will be another almost three billion people living on the planet. Feeding this growing population will place ever greater pressure on already taxed... Learn More

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Solutions for Pollution Competition

Posted by Herbert Herman | , United States | Ocean Plastics

“Solutions for Pollution Competition” (SPC) will be a six-month long contest aimed at Long Island high school students who will submit concepts for either reducing or for mitigating trash in our... Learn More

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Reduce Bycatch & IUU in Commercial Fisheries

Posted by Mark Dahm | California, United States | Destructive Fishing

SmartCatch proposes to deploy DigiCatch, a fully digital, Real-Time Video Catch Monitoring System consisting of real-time HD video camera(s), LED lighting and sensor system. The project’s... Learn More

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The Marine Arctic Peace Sanctuary (MAPS)

Posted by Darcy Belanger | , United States | Other

The Arctic Ocean is unraveling. There is 75% ice cover now than 50 years ago. As the ice melts, the planet heats up, weather patterns become unstable and sea levels rise - leading to wide-scale... Learn More

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Oyster Habitat for cleaning/filtering the Oceans

Posted by Frederick De Cramer | izmir, | Pollution

I would like to start an oyster habitat project here in the Aegean Sea (Between Greece and Turkey) that would clean the polluted bays in the region. Having an agricultural business background and... Learn More

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Human Pollution

Posted by israel torres | California, United States | Pollution

Third world countries have tons of trash and let water bodies just take it. How can we change the culture of these countries to take their own trash and disintegrate it. Japan has a culture where... Learn More

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How can we respond to stranded/entangled marine mammals in South Carolina without a stranding truck or funding?

Posted by Tiffany Humphrey | South Carolina, United States | Whales, Dolphins, and Marine Mammals

South Carolina has over 2,000 miles of coast and shoreline yet only ONE stranding network. There are no marine mammal rehabilitation centers in the entire state. The stranding network in funded... Learn More

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Synthetic vs Natural Sponges

Posted by Brian Wilkers | Washington, United States | Ocean Plastics

Recently when shopping for a bath loofah, I realized how often plastic versions of natural products exist like natural sponge vs ones made out of god knows what. It also felt like a bitter irony that... Learn More

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Coastal Marine Microbial Pollution, Cyprus 2017

Posted by Evagoras Isaias | Paphos, | Pollution

Cyprus, being a small Mediterranean island in the eastern part of the Sea, is occupied by millions of tourists every year. The number of visitors combined with the seasonality of the industry creates... Learn More

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Preventing Whale Strikes off the East Coast

Posted by David Balcom | Maryland, United States | Whales, Dolphins, and Marine Mammals

In recent years, the University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science (UMCES), working with Oregon State University and NOAA, has worked to design and implement a west coast forecasting... Learn More

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Get trash off of small islands

Posted by Morgan Visalli | California, United States | Ocean Plastics

Marine debris is a growing problem around the world. Beach clean-ups have become common practice, with concerned citizens collecting trash from beaches and sending it to local landfills and recycling... Learn More

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suggestion to solve the problem of ships hitting whales

Posted by Sandra Rios | California, United States | Whales, Dolphins, and Marine Mammals

I have a suggestion. There used to be "cow catchers" on the front of trains in the old west. Why can't there be some version of this on the front of ships? Perhaps something that would almost act... Learn More

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Get all of the plastics, and trash out of the ocean.

Posted by Wesley Sisson | Minnesota, United States | Ocean Plastics

Single use plastic's are the worst environmental issue we face. Hundreds of millions of tons of single use plastic's clog our oceans. By 2050 There will be more plastic in our oceans than fish.... Learn More

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Aqueduct for Ocean desalination

Posted by Mohamed Badr | , Egypt | Pollution

Desalination processes produce large quantities of brine, possibly at above ambient temperature, and contain residues of pretreatment and cleaning chemicals, their reaction byproducts and heavy... Learn More

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Exploration Based Conservation: Developing Capacity from Deep Coral Reefs

Posted by Sonia Rowley | Hawaii, United States | Other

Tropical coral reefs throughout the Indo-Pacific are central to marine biodiversity, yet resource management strategies developed by Pacific Island cultures over hundreds of generations face... Learn More

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How can we create and maintain MPAs, if we do not address the impact from single-use disposable plastic and reduction of plastic pollution?

Posted by Dianna Cohen | , United States | Ocean Plastics

Without addressing disposable plastic source reduction within the Marine Protected Area (MPA) model, how can we protect and preserve pristine... Learn More

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Improve Behavior Change Research to Reduce Ocean Plastics

Posted by Jane Patton | California, United States | Ocean Plastics

A lot of work is currently being done across the planet to raise global and local awareness about plastic pollution with the goal of changing behavior. But what research base are we pulling from to... Learn More

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How Does Plastic in the Ocean Impact the Food Chain?

Posted by Jane Patton | California, United States | Ocean Plastics

We know that toxicants can and do leach from the single-use plastic that surrounds so much of our food and drinks these days. We also know that these and additional toxicants get into the oceans... Learn More

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Automate habitat classification for deepwater monitoring

Posted by Dirk Rosen | , United States | Destructive Fishing

The advent of remotely operated and autonomous underwater vehicles (ROVs and AUVs) has enabled humans to systematically and more cost effectively document deepwater habitats and biotic communities... Learn More

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Seabed Mining

Posted by Vic Albon | First Choice, New Zealand | Other

Proposed Seabed mining not far off Taranaki, which is situated on the west coast of the North Island of New Zealand. This proposal is by the company Trans Tasman Resources Limited who wish to... Learn More

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An Antidote for Ocean Acidification?

Posted by Logan Kozal | , United States | Climate Change

The ocean plays a critical role in taking up the anthropogenic carbon dioxide (CO2) produced through human activity such as fossil fuel combustion. However, this excess CO2 changes the ocean... Learn More

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What is the True Life Cycle Cost of Single-Use Plastic? How much does disposable plastic and polystyrene packaging and take away and food containers really cost us?

Posted by Dianna Cohen | , United States | Ocean Plastics

How much do you typically pay for a to-go box at your local deli? It’s free, right? How much cash do you usually hand over to grab a roll of plastic wrap? A few bucks? Because of its low, low... Learn More

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Change the narrative about single-use plastic through excellent visual storytelling

Posted by Dianna Cohen | , United States | Ocean Plastics

How do we stop it at the source, before it gets into the Ocean and use the Ocean to highlight the global plastic pollution problem. Too many people across the planet have become dependent on the... Learn More

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Science crisis in New England fisheries

Posted by Andrew Pershing | Maine, United States | Other

The waters off of New England have sustained valuable fisheries for hundreds of years. While fisheries for lobster and scallops are booming, the fisheries for groundfish such as cod and flounder are... Learn More

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Improving Reef Resilience in Palmyra Atoll

Posted by Gina Lobaco | , United States | Habitat Change

Overview Located 1,600 km south of the Hawaiian Islands, Palmyra Atoll in the Central Pacific is remote, isolated and near pristine. Despite its use as a U.S. Navy facility during World War II,... Learn More

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Passive Remote Ocean Biological Explorer (P.R.O.B.E)

Posted by Nekton | Oxfordshire, United Kingdom | Habitat Change

A major barrier to understanding the distribution of life in the ocean is simply observing biological communities over large geographic areas. Marine biologists need a cost effective, repeat-use... Learn More

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Are no-take Marine Protected Areas really as large as we say and think they are?

Posted by David Kushner | , United States | Other

No-take Marine Protected Areas (MPA’s) are designed to protect an area from fishing. These have been implemented worldwide for a number of reasons but often because fishing management regulations... Learn More

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Prevent ghost fishing by fabricating fish and lobster trap self-destruct devices that work.

Posted by David Kushner | , United States | Destructive Fishing

Regulations exist in California and other locations around the world that require fish and invertebrate traps to self-destruct when lost/abandoned with the intention to reduce “ghost fishing” or... Learn More

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Bringing Papahānaumokuākea to the People

Posted by Narrissa Spies | , United States | Other

I ka wā mamua, ka wā mahope The future is in the past To Native Hawaiians Papahānaumokuākea is where all life began and where our kupuna (ancestors) return after death. It’s the place we... Learn More

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Protecting Blue Whales and Blue Skies

Posted by Sean Hastings | California, United States | Whales, Dolphins, and Marine Mammals

Vision: Sustainable ocean commerce, clean air, safer whales and a quieter ocean Shipping is the most economical way to move goods, however, its presence comes at a cost to the health of the ocean,... Learn More

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Google any ocean species’ picture

Posted by Robert Miller | California, United States | Other

Ocean species are disappearing but we have hardly any information on where they are in the first place. Identifying species is hard and beyond the expertise of most people. We need to empower... Learn More

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coral reef diagnostics – Dr. Doolittle meets CSI on the reef

Posted by Robert Richmond | , United States | Pollution

Mortality is a rather crude indicator of stress, but is still the major means of identify the downward trend of coral health on affected reefs. There are a variety of diagnostic tests applied to... Learn More

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By saving the whales can we reduce Climate change?

Posted by Graham Drucker | england, United Kingdom | Whales, Dolphins, and Marine Mammals

Whales like any animal are made out of carbon, and are so big they each store a lot of carbon. When whales poop, or die naturally, they usually sink to the bottom of the ocean, carrying their carbon... Learn More

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Palau’s unique and fragile ecosystem is in grave danger

Posted by Ngoaol Bul | First Choice, | Other

The explosion of mass tourism in our region is causing rapid deterioration of the pristine paradise that is Palau and critically endangering its many unique species and ecosystems on which Palauan... Learn More

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Keeping hammerheads alive

Posted by Michelle Heupel | Queensland, Australia | Destructive Fishing

Hammerhead sharks are one of the most recognizable and iconic shark species. They are known to aggregate in areas like the Sea of Cortez and Galapagos Islands, but also travel large distances across... Learn More

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How many pollutants are in my fish and seafood?

Posted by Sascha Nicklisch | , United States | Other

Industrial chemicals are detected from the depths of the oceans to the poles of the earth, and in the bodies of all people on the planet. These can have particularly adverse effects for the health of... Learn More

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Prevent Endocrine Disrupting Chemicals From Washing Down The Drain

Posted by Amy Ziff | New York, United States | Pollution

We must prevent ocean pollution such as Endocrine Active ingredients (like many high-risk pesticides and ingredients in personal care products) that have the ability to change the sexuality of our... Learn More

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Using Coral Stress Memory to Restore Coral Reefs

Posted by Harmony Hancock | Virginia, United States | Climate Change

Coral reefs are in peril, with warming oceans causing coral bleaching & mortality on a global scale. Corals are animals in a partnership with symbiotic algae they depend on for survival. When... Learn More

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Prevent continued loss of endangered cetaceans by creating Whale Heritage Sites

Posted by Graham Drucker | england, United Kingdom | Whales, Dolphins, and Marine Mammals

Whales and dolphins give our seas and oceans their character and are a fundamental part of our cultural identity, yet many species around the world continue to be under threat of extinction. Drastic... Learn More

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Science-based management of MPAs

Posted by Jennifer OLeary | California, United States | Other

Many scientists are now calling for 30% of the ocean in marine protected areas (MPAs). In the last year, more MPAs have been designated than ever before in history. However, our capacity to manage... Learn More

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Skimming the Problem of Ocean Pollution

Posted by Mystic Aquarium Youth Conservation Corps | Connecticut, United States | Ocean Plastics

Representing a younger generation of ocean conservationists, we feel that ocean pollution is the most important issue affecting our ocean planet. Pollution and trash is everywhere – literally. From... Learn More

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Study on the impact of Styrofoam on Live Reef Fish for Consumption

Posted by Ocean Recovery Alliance | First Choice, China | Ocean Plastics

Styrofoam/polystyrene is a big contributor to ocean waste along the coastlines of Asia, as there are no restrictions yet on use, and poor waste management/recycling means that it can end up in the... Learn More

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Map global marine aquaculture

Posted by Tyler Clavelle | California, United States | Other

Aquaculture, the farming of aquatic animals and plants, is the world's fastest growing food sector and now provides more seafood than wild fisheries. Experts agree that future growth in seafood... Learn More

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Help stop seafood fraud

Posted by Hien Nguyen | California, United States | Destructive Fishing

I'm very disturbed by the possibility of seafood fraud or seafood mislabeling where I live in San Francisco. This appears to be a problem that is bad for the oceans and potentially bad to our health... Learn More


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Urban Runoff along the Palos Verdes Coast Negatively Impacts Diatom Diversity and Density, Impacts the Marine Ecosystem.

Posted by M Warner | California, United States | Pollution

Numerous discharge pipes and spillways deliver wastewater from the communities constructed above the cliffs of Palos Verdes peninsula directly – and intentionally -- into the Pacific Ocean. Despite... Learn More

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Reduce collisions betweens whales and ships

Posted by Sarah Hemmer | California, United States | Whales, Dolphins, and Marine Mammals

Many great whales are far fewer than they once were. Too many such whales are killed in collisions with ships every year. It is unacceptable to see these magnificent animals lost this way. Surely... Learn More

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Pelagic fishing gear that only catches what we want to catch

Posted by Andy Bystrom | San Jose, Costa Rica | Destructive Fishing

We need to develop pelagic fishing gear that is selective, socioeconomically viable, and can be effectively used by tens of thousands of existing longline vessels in global south/developing... Learn More

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Is It Necessary to Kill Marine Fishes and Invertebrates in Order to Count Them?

Posted by Milton Love | , United States | Destructive Fishing

There are a number of extremely valuable bottom fisheries throughout the world. In many places, the United States being a prime example, the assessments of these fish populations are carried out by... Learn More

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Build a cadre of next generation ocean leaders in China

Posted by Wayne Wu | California, United States | Other

Much of what becomes of the future of our global ocean will be dictated by actions of China. Their influence extends from shaping the status of apex predators like sharks to determining the future of... Learn More

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water supply–ocean desalination

Posted by David Manske | California, United States | Other

There is a major push in California to build desalination plants to provide water to coastal communities throughout California. There are, of course, pros and cons. One of the major cons is that... Learn More

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Quantification of plastic ingestion by marine predators.

Posted by Mark Morales | , United States | Ocean Plastics

Understanding the trophic linkages of marine organisms is a central quest of sustainable marine management in the wake of anthropogenic stressors. Of particular concern is the increasing availability... Learn More

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Insufficient Buffering Between Human Developments and Ocean Habitat

Posted by Paige Roberts | , United States | Pollution

Challenges to ocean health are all interrelated. Pollution from increased runoff, direct dumping, habitat destruction and ocean acidification are all a direct result of ineffective or insufficient... Learn More

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Develop a Mobile App to Improve Small-Scale Fisheries – Giving Fishers a Voice

Posted by Cynthia Mayoral | n/a, Mozambique | Destructive Fishing

Up to 80% of the world’s fisheries lack the necessary data for traditional fisheries stock assessments to inform management decisions. However, more than 200 million people depend on small-scale... Learn More

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Giant sea bass are not recovering

Posted by Robert Miller | , United States | Destructive Fishing

Giant sea bass (Stereolepis gigas) are the largest reef fish in California, used to be abundant, but are now ecologically extinct and listed as Critically Endangered. Since 1981 California law has... Learn More

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Outdated Sicilian oil refinery contaminating ocean, seafood, land, and air – birth defects & cancer

Posted by Vanessa Perkins | California, United States | Pollution

Just visited Sicily (7 UNESCO World Heritage sites on this island!) and learned about the terrible contamination from the oil refinery in Augusta, right near the iconic Siricusa. We have heard about... Learn More

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Base of Near Shore Food Pyramid Missing

Posted by Gregg Young | California, United States | Habitat Change

The attached slide show, while not primarily on this subject, explains the problem. We have cut off the supply of nutrients (especially calcium)to our estuaries and the Pacific Ocean through dams... Learn More

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Protecting marine animals from oil spills

Posted by Suchin Rengan | , United States | Whales, Dolphins, and Marine Mammals

As we know there are serious consequences to marine animals due to oil spills in oceans. The recent BP spill left a heavy toll on the marine animals where several species were impacted:... Learn More

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Diversity Initiative for the Southern California Ocean (DISCO)

Posted by Dean Pentcheff | California, United States | Habitat Change

Genetic “barcode” technology could let us rapidly identify all the marine invertebrates from environmental samples. That would transform our ability to detect how our coast is responding to the... Learn More

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Identifying Ocean Plastic Sources

Posted by Kyle Patry | Florida, United States | Ocean Plastics

Current scientific data indicates 80% of all marine pollutants originate from land-based sources. However, limited research has been conducted on the sources that feed the world's oceans. In order to... Learn More

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Why are the oceans the last Frontier to plunder?

Posted by Patty Jung | California, United States | Other

Can we designate the oceans that are not regulated/owned by any countries a UNESCO world Heritage site? Can we protect these areas some how like we are trying to protect the Amazon rain... Learn More

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Ocean planning vision for Brazil

Posted by Leandra Goncalves | São Paulo, Brazil |

Brazilian ocean planning at the EEZ level is still largely fragmented and sectorial, limiting the capacity of the country to efficiently use its associated ecosystems services. For instance, marine... Learn More

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Clear plastic water bottle caps disappear in the sand

Posted by Nathan Goodman | Florida, United States | Ocean Plastics

On the Florida panhandle, I collect trash each day I am on vacation. What I was most surprised about, was what I found the morning after a night of high winds. The winds blew the thick white sands... Learn More

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THE LACK OF FORAGE FISH

Posted by MATTHIAS HEILWECK | Alsace, France | Destructive Fishing

Forage fish is lacking more and more, while it is essential for our noble fish farming, but also for all the wild marine species from upper trophic levels. For aquaculture, this means to use less... Learn More

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Managing Plastic Pollution

Posted by Katie Sievers | Negros Oriental, Philippines | Ocean Plastics

The Philippines is ranked #3 in the world for plastic pollution. When walking along streets, beaches, and rivers, single use plastic items are a glaring reminder of this statistic. Clearly, these... Learn More

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Ocean Pollution

Posted by Carissa DeSalles | California, United States | Ocean Plastics

I don't have that much science or marine biology background but I have lived near the beach all of my life. As an avid beach goer, I have noticed the increase in plastics, glass, and other forms of... Learn More

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California Yellowtail (Seriola lalandi) Population Status

Posted by Peng Zhou | California, United States | Other

The California Yellowtail (Seriola lalandi), a type of amberjack, is an important species of fish in southern California, and is especially prized as a target for the recreational fishery in... Learn More

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How is light pollution impacting our coastal ecosystems?

Posted by Todd Oakley | California, United States | Pollution

Living things depend on light cues for knowing the season, time of day, and depth in the water. In the oceans, many organisms also use living light, bioluminescence, to communicate. As humans develop... Learn More

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Pigeons on piers cause bad water quality and resulting beach warnings/closures

Posted by Capt.David Bacon | California, United States | Pollution

Growing populations of pigeons make coastal piers their homes because of good roosting opportunities and are polluting nearshore waters with their droppings. Water quality testing is commonly done... Learn More

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Limited Access to Key Ocean Information

Posted by Grace Goldberg | California, United States | Climate Change

As a concerned & interested citizen with a science background, I still can't get direct information about how the marine reserves off the California coast are performing. When climate anomaly... Learn More

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Preventing illegal fishing of endangered / illegal species

Posted by Michael Koscinski | Maryland, United States | Destructive Fishing

Problem: Organisms (sharks, big-fin tuna, etc.) being hunted too frequently or illegally. Solution: Satellite mapping all of certified fishermen / fishing vessels. Create large global grid that... Learn More

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MMPA vs. fishery sustainability

Posted by Merit McCrea | California, United States | Whales, Dolphins, and Marine Mammals

The Marine Mammal Protection Act and other similar legislation protects top predators. Fisheries and rebounding populations of these predators compete for common resources, and while fisheries can be... Learn More

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Pacfic Gyre

Posted by Zoe Trnka | California, United States | Ocean Plastics

No nation will take responsibility of the massive vortex of marine debris in the Pacific. Sure, it would bankrupt any country that tried to clean it, but there are many solutions other than scooping... Learn More

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Building Financially Sustainable Marine Protected Areas

Posted by Joseph Ierna | Long Island, Bahamas | Other

A big question in the ocean conservation world is: Who is going to pay for all these new, greatly needed marine protected areas? Governments, public, private, or world organizations? Ocean CREST... Learn More

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“For Midway Atolls birds, plastic is the main dish”

Posted by Andre Lessa | Pennsylvania, United States | Ocean Plastics

I came across the article below, which describes a serious problem that affects not only that area but many other areas of the world and I think something needs to be done about... Learn More

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Clean Up Beaches in India

Posted by Rahul Kapadia | California, United States | Pollution

The pollution in beaches in India has become a problem. There has to be an effort to educate people about keeping beaches clean and the impact of not keeping it clean has on the... Learn More

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Kill Dead Zones

Posted by James Smoot | California, United States | Other

Dead zones are the byproduct of excessive nutrient loads (N/P). N/P are needed for food/biofuel/biomass sequestration of carbon. Use combination of approaches (e.g., integrated multitrophic... Learn More

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Urban pollution in the Bay of Bengal

Posted by Atreyi Bhattacharyya | Kolkata, India | Pollution

Pollution in waterways in West Bengal continues to be a huge problem as the region rapidly urbanizes. Unfortunately most of this pollution ends up flushing in the Bay of Bengal and Indian Ocean.... Learn More

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Rio’s Olympic-sized Ocean Pollution

Posted by Jessica Gray | Rio de Janeiro, Brazil | Pollution

The Olympics in Rio was a HUGE success. It was also rather embarrassing to publicly display one of Rio's biggest ocean problems: pollution. Rio is so beautiful and so special and it's a shame we... Learn More

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Unnatural Beaches

Posted by Mike Gray | California, United States | Habitat Change

Everyone loves a clean beach. The problem is we all have different ideas of what a "clean" beach is. Around the world, cities / governments spend $$ in cleaning the beaches. That's great for... Learn More

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Too much plastic on England’s beaches

Posted by Stuart Graham | Bristol, England | Ocean Plastics

I recently heard on BBC news that in 2015 there was a huge increase in the amount of rubbish along the UK seaside. Given how much plastic I see near our local beaches and rivers I believe it. Not... Learn More

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Build a shark alert network for beachgoers

Posted by Taylor Holve | California, United States | Whales, Dolphins, and Marine Mammals

I love taking my kids to the beach and it is their favorite thing to do on a sunny afternoon. But I can't stop worrying about sharks when they are out there in the water. I know that in 2015 there... Learn More

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Filling the gap – understanding catch in unreported fisheries

Posted by Michel Kaiser | Anglesey, United Kingdom | Destructive Fishing

The majority of world's fishing vessels (>90%) are under 10 m in length. Often these activities overlap with conservation hotspots. Getting data for these fisheries is important, but... Learn More

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What is the full extent of the global coral reef crisis?

Posted by Elizabeth Madin | New South Wales, Australia | Habitat Change

Coral reefs are struggling in many areas of the world due to overfishing, pollution, climate change, and other stressors. Despite the best efforts of scientists and conservation practitioners to... Learn More

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Clean up the plastic in the ocean.

Posted by Anna Skuladottir | Gullbringusýsla, Iceland | Ocean Plastics

There is too much plastic in the ocean and on beaches, Iceland is no exception. I would like the beaches (and ocean) in Iceland plastic... Learn More

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Deep-sea mining: connectivity and conservation implications

Posted by Jonathan Gardner | New Zealand, New Zealand | Habitat Change

Deep-sea mining is likely to commence in the very near future in several different areas in the Pacific Ocean. Whilst this mining activity may bring substantial economic benefits it will also bring... Learn More

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Where does the seafood on that dinner plate come from?

Posted by Malin Pinsky | Oslo, Norway | Fishing (or destructive fishing?)

Seafood is a global business with, in most cases, a large number of intermediate organizations between the fisher and the consumer. It becomes very difficult to track where a particular fish came... Learn More

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Bullying Marine Life in La Jolla, CA

Posted by Alisa Royer | California, United States | Whales, Dolphins, and Marine Mammals

Recently, I heard a news piece about the residents of La Jolla, CA wanting to keep sea lions and marine birds off the nearby bluffs. They are more concerned with the unfortunate smell of the guano... Learn More

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How could we make seafood at lower trophic levels more appealing to consumers?

Posted by Richard Joyce | Maine, United States | Fishing (or destructive fishing?)

Tuna, swordfish, shark, salmon... Humans like to eat seafood from near the top of the food-chain. Smaller, more plentiful fish are used as bait, turned into fertilizer, and even fed to livestock.... Learn More

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Sea turtles are losing nesting beaches to sea level rise

Posted by Francis Joyce | California, United States | Climate Change

Sea turtles are losing the beaches they rely on for breeding to rising waters and beach erosion. Is there anything we can do to preserve their nesting... Learn More

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Aquaculture still relies on wild fisheries

Posted by Francis Joyce | California, United States | Fishing (or destructive fishing?)

Marine aquaculture is an increasingly important source of animal protein, but still largely depends on feeding fish meal to fish. How can we farm more healthy fish without increasing the burden on... Learn More

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Can we improve the traceability of aquarium fish coming from Costa Rica?

Posted by Noelia Solano | Puntarenas, Costa Rica | Fishing (or destructive fishing?)

The sale of fish to aquarium enthusiasts is an important economic activity for rural coastal communities here in Costa Rica and elsewhere in the world. I’m bothered by the fact that there is almost... Learn More

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Which watersheds are most important to restore for the ocean’s health?

Posted by Richard Joyce | Maine, United States | Pollution

The ocean bears the brunt of our activities on land— development, agriculture, pollution. Rivers carry sediments, chemicals, plastics, and excess nutrients to the sea. Which watersheds would give... Learn More

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Can we remove synthetic clothing fibers from waste water before they reach the ocean?

Posted by Richard Joyce | Maine, United States | Ocean Plastics

Clothing made from recycled plastic was meant to be a resourceful solution— removing plastic from the waste stream and reducing the negative effects of growing and processing cotton. However, it... Learn More

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Rapidly expanding coastal urban centers pollute South African oceans

Posted by Keenan Stears | KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa | Pollution

The rapid growth of coastal urban centers and coastal tourism sectors in South Africa produce vast quantities of pollution from untreated domestic sewage. This pollution ultimately ends up in the... Learn More

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Poaching threatens South Africa’s perlemoen (abalone) populations

Posted by Melissa Schmitt | KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa | Destructive Fishing

Perlemoen (abalone) poaching has been a major issue in South Africa and is ultimately threatening certain abalone populations. Many poached abalone are exported overseas, where buyers either do not... Learn More

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Sedimentation is smothering Kenya’s coral reefs

Posted by Bernadette Oburi | Malindi, Kenya | Pollution

The amount of sediment washing out from the Sabaki River seems to be increasing because of development along the river. I see this sediment beginning to smother corals in reef areas that are used by... Learn More

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Wetland protection

Posted by Craig Nielsen | California, United States | Habitat Change

California has lost 91% of its wetlands. These wetlands are crucial for filtering runoff before entering the ocean and for providing habitat and nesting ground for endangered migratory birds and a... Learn More

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Curacao water quality

Posted by Julia Thomas | Willemstad, Curaçao | Habitat Change

Curacao's beautiful nearshore coral reefs are being overgrown by algae. Lack of proper wastewater treatment on the urbanized island has led to a degradation and eutrophication of nearshore waters.... Learn More

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Reduce trash pollution into Los Angeles’s oceans

Posted by Paul DeSalles | California, United States | Ocean Plastics

I enjoy spending time around the Santa Monica Bay, but as a stretch of coast that abuts one the largest urban centers in the world, this beautiful oceanscape is susceptible to lots of urban pollution... Learn More




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