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Otters and the Kelp

Posted by Paxton Atlas | , United States | Whales, Dolphins, and Marine Mammals

Dear Benioff Ocean Science Laboratory, I am Paxton Atlas, a student at La Colina looking for a great ocean laboratory to help with a problem, so I came to you. As an ocean lover inspired by aquariums... Learn More


Seeing plastics as a litter problem

Posted by Seema S | Singapore, Singapore | Pollution

What if plastic is seen as a litter problem more than anything else? What if we have a magic bin that sucks up plastic at the source and converts it into dense pellets and thereby preventing its... Learn More


Helium Balloons

Posted by Stacey Volke | , United States | Pollution

I walk along the beautiful Long Island beaches a lot and all year long I pick up deflated helium balloons with ribbons. One time I filled a large mason bucket in 20 minutes. They pollute the beach... Learn More


Disappearance of sand

Posted by Jared Petry | , United States | Habitat Change

I am currently a masters student at UCSB in the masters of environmental data science program. We have the opportunity to write a project proposal with a client such as yourselves! I am writing to... Learn More


Ocean Plastics

Posted by solution chemicals | Mombasa, | Ocean Plastics

A case study report by Kenyan marine scientists ,revealed that it will be unsafe to eat fish from the Indian ocean by the year 2050, because of high levels of contaminated fish meat with... Learn More



Posted by Gerald Nyingeh | Mombasa, Kenya | Pollution

we are a company dealing in water purification using bacillus bacteria to purify water in lakes, rivers and oceans in Kenya. We have one of our tourist towns,which hosts indian ocean and suffers... Learn More


Plastic Waste from entering the Atlantic Ocean

Posted by Momolu Massaquoi | Montserrado, Liberia | Ocean Plastics

Monrovia is the capital city of Liberia and is the country’s most developed and urbanized city. It is situated along the country’s 565 km coastline. Monrovia is also the economic hub of Liberia... Learn More


Stop wastewater pollution from cesspools in Hawaii

Posted by John Anner | , United States | Pollution

Every single day, millions of gallons of untreated sewage from cesspools dumps into the beautiful waters of Hawaii. This causes severe damage to the marine environment from nutrient loading on coral... Learn More


Interactive Communication with Humpback Whales

Posted by Jim Crutchfield | , United States | Whales, Dolphins, and Marine Mammals

Understanding whale communication is critical to their conservation and to our appreciating other intelligences on the planet: We are designing a real-time acoustic system for monitoring and... Learn More


Nurdles (mermaid tears) amend the IMDG code immediately to hazardous material

Posted by Clare Swithenbank-bowman | , United States | Pollution

Big prizes up for grabs in the national nurdle (mermaid tear) clean-up competition! Following the resurgence of plastic nurdle pollution across South African beaches, Litter4Tokens – in partnership... Learn More


Macro-algae for Ocean CO2 and acidification

Posted by Rohit Vedhara | Singapore, Singapore | Climate Change

As per the summary deck - - we believe that we need to combine the need for CO2 removal from the oceans with the production of low carbon products. We... Learn More


Coffee Production is Destroying Tropical Forests and Watersheds

Posted by Meagan Thibeault | Ontario, Canada | Climate Change

Coffee production is a major cause of deforestation, soil loss, and the total disruption of natural watersheds. Coffee production is increasing, which means the agricultural run-off will be... Learn More


Make many of Benioff’s “ideas” part of the UN SDGs so that they will be implemented worldwide

Posted by Ron Fisher | , United States | Other

Benioff is not collaborating and working with other ocean related organizations on ocean issues. Some work on issues is being duplicated, and some issues are not being addressed. The solution is to... Learn More


Make select ocean ideas part of the UN Sustainable Development Goals and they will be implemented worldwide sooner

Posted by Ron Fisher | , United States | Other

There are many great ideas about improving the oceans; however, implementation of these ideas is not as fast as needed and the areas of which they are being implemented appear to be limited for many... Learn More


Generate Renewable Electrical Energy, Cool Ocean Surface Temperatures and Help Increase Ocean Alkalinization Primarily Using OTEC

Posted by Ron Fisher | Virginia, United States | Other

Ocean surface temperatures are increasing. Oceans are becoming less alkaline and approaching acidity (pH is lowering). Ocean levels are rising. Ocean vegetation and some sea life species are... Learn More


ocean Plastics in Somalia

Posted by Hassan Yasin | Banadir, Somalia | Ocean Plastics

Somalia has the longest coastline in Africa with 333 km square. Despite the potential resources these coastline contains, its facing potential threats both from local and international communities.... Learn More


Restoration of pots and eelgrass beds

Posted by aiko Toyota | Yamaguchi, Japan | Other

In addition to marine debris, there are other problems facing the ocean in our neighborhood. In addition to marine debris, there is a decrease in fish catches due to changes in the ecosystem caused... Learn More


Embrace kelp forests in the coming decade

Posted by Helen Greenwood Hansma | , United States | Climate Change

Is boi only trying to prevent collisions between ships and whales? I certainly would have hoped for a much larger vision, such as this letter to Science: The United Nations General Assembly... Learn More


Help us regulate and control overfishing caused by FAD’s (fish-aggregating devices)

Posted by J. Vehia Wheeler | French Polynesia, | Destructive Fishing

Fish-Aggregating Devices, or FAD's, are floating objects used to attract pelagic fish and used by industrial fishing boats in the Pacific Ocean. The Exclusive Economic Zone of French Polynesia... Learn More


Chemical free technology to transform ocean plastics into plastic timbers for building, construction as well as furniture making.

Posted by Christian M | Kinondoni, | Ocean Plastics

Ove 8+ Million tons of plastic waste end up in our oceans each year, because waste management is one of the environmental problems that most cities are struggling to manage. As the number of... Learn More


Wastewater to Renewable Energy

Posted by Stephanie Walker | Indiana, United States | Habitat Change

Wastewater should be turned into renewable energy for sustainability and safety for both islands and marine life. Such as Neom and... Learn More


Fill the gap in the science around cultivated giant kelp forests

Posted by Samantha Deane | Luderitz, Namibia | Climate Change

Kelp forests are understudied yet they provide a strong solution to the planets and oceans many problems. They are carbon sinks, they oxygenate and de-acidify waters, they boost biodiversity by... Learn More


Save Sea Turtle Hatchlings

Posted by Ellen Conlon | , United States | Whales, Dolphins, and Marine Mammals

Artificial lighting on streets and homes along the South Florida coastline attracts sea turtles towards the city rather than the ocean. Need to incentivize condos, restaurants, and other local... Learn More


Rethinking crab and lobster gear to help save North Atlantic Right Whales

Posted by Casey Brennan | , United States | Whales, Dolphins, and Marine Mammals

The North Atlantic right whale is one of the world’s most endangered large whale species, with less than 400 individuals remaining. One of the biggest threats they face is entanglement in fishing... Learn More


Change behavior where you live

Posted by Srinidhi Narayan | Virginia, United States | Ocean Plastics

The ocean begins at home. We need better education and change in behavior regardless of where we live, or how far away we live from the ocean. Most plastic that ends up in the oceans begin their... Learn More


Seaweed Farming

Posted by Maria Apolonia | Lisbon, Portugal | Other

Indonesia is the world’s fifth largest contributor to GHG and the second biggest contributor to plastic waste, responsible for about 15% of all the plastic pollution in the ocean. At the same time,... Learn More


Sea Snot in Istanbul

Posted by Cag Onganer | Istanbul, Turkey | Other

The Marmara Sea. Sea... Learn More


Recover and Recycle Ocean Plastics from islands and remote coastal areas

Posted by Tristan Lecomte | Chiang-Mai, Thailand | Ocean Plastics

Once floating plastics and wastes have entered the ocean, they float and land on beaches of islands and remote coastal areas, and go back to the sea during storms and high-tides if they are not... Learn More


Beach Pollution on Sri Lankas prestine southern coast

Posted by Gabo V R | Ahangama, Southern Province, Sri Lanka | Ocean Plastics

I have been living in the south of Sri Lanka close to this bay (its somewhat a cove) but after heavy rains it always gets as polluted as in the picture. I suspect there is a storm drain that flushes... Learn More


Reduce coastal pollution with small-scale wastewater treatment

Posted by Natalia Collier | , United States | Pollution

Land-based sources of pollution are an issue around the world, particularly where there is no centralized sewage or stormwater system. In the Caribbean, small canals (often called ghauts), which may... Learn More


Using recycled plastic to create netting

Posted by Helen Mangrum | California, United States | Ocean Plastics

This technology is being applied in Australia. I believe we need this EVERYWHERE! Why not use recycled plastic to make these expandable nets? The plastic that the nets catch can be used to make more... Learn More


40 years late, but still achievable within 4 years !

Posted by Paul Manning | West Midlands, United Kingdom | Ocean Plastics

Governments signed the 1982 Laws of the Sea Convention and further ratified the agreement to 'Stop waste entering the oceans from their rivers & estuaries' ! If they had done 40 years ago, what... Learn More


Address wastewater pollution issues in Hawaii (and other parts of the world) to build coral reef resilience in the face of climate change

Posted by Anne Rillero | , United States | Pollution

Coastal pollution from sewage in a developed country? Sadly, that's a reality in Hawaii, where 88,000 cesspools and more than 500 injection wells for the disposal of sewage wastewater have been... Learn More


Ocean Cleanup Autonomous System Pilot Project, Backhauling Bidding Algorithm

Posted by Alexander Karp | , United States | Ocean Plastics

Consumer initiatives have increased awareness to reducing single use plastics, however these changes have had little impact on the total leakage of plastics into our oceans due to the complexities of... Learn More


3D Printed affordable housing using recycled plastic mixed with concrete as Eco-Concrete

Posted by Marieh M | California, United States | Ocean Plastics

Today's world is facing both a housing and waste crisis. Currently, over 1 billion people are living without proper shelter which will be doubled by 2050 and over 359 million tons of plastic is being... Learn More


Restore ocean health & re-wild the oceans

Posted by Samantha Deane | Zeist, Netherlands | Climate Change

Excess CO2 is causing climate change, heating and acidifying the oceans. Cultivating kelp forests which, scientists call these fast-growing underwater forests the “sequoias of the sea” for their... Learn More


estudiar el impacto de los microplásticos en la vida marina de nayarit y sinaloa

Posted by Viridiana Peraza | Nayarit/ Sinaloa, Mexico | Ocean Plastics

Que la gente no concientiza acerca del daño que implican los microplásticos no solamente ´para el humano sino la vida marina y sus repercusiones... Learn More


Ocean dead zones and nutrient stewardship

Posted by Alison Loomis | California, United States | Pollution

In the past 50 years open ocean hypoxia has increased fourfold, according to UCSD. The nutrient-driven oxygen decline causes massive dead zones around the globe--stemming mostly from chemical... Learn More


Kelp forests are decimated in California; sea star disease is partly at fault

Posted by Evangeline Marzec | California, United States | Climate Change

Kelp forests in California are being devastated by, among many factors, the lack of sea stars due to an unidentified wasting disease.... Learn More



Posted by Marc Franklin | LONDON, United Kingdom | Ocean Plastics



Green Turtle Dog predation?

Posted by Ryan Lougee | , United States | Habitat Change

I relatively minor problem considering the others but I saw tons of dogs eating endangered green sea turtle babies/eggs in Tortuguerro, CR. Train the dogs to stop? Does pet predation significantly... Learn More


How the waters off Catalina became a DDT dumping ground

Posted by Bill Davis | Oregon, United States | Pollution This is in the Benioff Ocean Initiative's backyard so thought you would be interested in reading this... Learn More


A Modular Approach to Plastic Ocean Waste Recycling

Posted by Patrick Simpson | Alaska, United States | Ocean Plastics

Dear Sir/Madam -- I am writing to inquire about potential funding opportunities for a new development effort. PKS Consulting, Inc. proposes the development of a set of Mobile Plastic Ocean Waste... Learn More


Protect Man and Fishes from Microplastics

Posted by Urekaglobalventures Ureka | Lagos, | Ocean Plastics

A 2016 UN report documented over 800 animal species contaminated with plastic via ingestion or entanglement—a figure 69% greater than that reported in a 1977 review, which estimated only 247... Learn More


Chinese illegal fishing in the Galapagos Islands, Ecuador

Posted by Lydia Stein | Connecticut, United States | Whales, Dolphins, and Marine Mammals

There are 265 Chinese Vessels fishing sharks in the Galapagos Islands international waters between mainland Ecuador and the Galapagos. One of the endangered species is the whale-shark, one of them... Learn More


Saving Corals

Posted by Marc d'Entremont | Nova Scotia, Canada | Climate Change

Our company is currently developing new fishing technology that will that will have 0% contact with the seafloor thus not destroying the seabed like typical trawl gear. With the work done by... Learn More


Multi-Sites Deployment of Pilot Scale Technology for Integrated Nearshore and Ocean Farming ( open water aquaculture for Seaweed/ fish/ Mussel and ocean energy) to meet NEXUS and Blue-growth Development

Posted by Sulaiman Olanrrewaju | Limburg, Netherlands | Other

The ocean and related water resources remain one of the new frontiers for humanity to explore and optimize human civilization. Everything has been created from water. The ocean is at the curing... Learn More


Posted by Justus Sune | Kenya-Africa, Kenya | Ocean Plastics

The overarching purpose of this project was to conduct an analysis of the sources and movement of plastic debris in the Athi/Galana and Sabaki River Basin Watersheds. Plastic debris has the... Learn More


Recycling Plastic scrap and stopping it from land source to our Rivers and Oceans.

Posted by Ndukwe Abel | Aba Abia State, Nigeria | Ocean Plastics

I am young entrepreneur that based in Nigeria,that believe that the best way to combat plastic scrap pollution to our rivers or Oceans,by stopping it at the source from land.And Recycling to my... Learn More


Reduction of-Plastic-Debries in the Athi/Galana and Sabaki River-Kenya

Posted by Justus Sune | Kenya-Africa, Kenya | Ocean Plastics

The overarching purpose of this project was to conduct an analysis of the sources and movement of plastic debris in the Athi/Galana and Sabaki River Basin Watersheds. Plastic debris has the... Learn More


We have an awesome comprehensive and mobile system design to remove ocean plastics.

Posted by Jeff Shattuck | , United States | Ocean Plastics

We designed a system that can be assembled and built in a year or less, uses repurposed ferry vessels as baseships, processes everything on board and returns the plastics to industry as pellets or... Learn More


Clean sargassum

Posted by Abel Hernandez | Mexico, Mexico | Climate Change

There has been found many sargassum in Caribbean beaches. And some scientist have found some ways to clean it but is pretty expensive. Why is it important? I not only about tourism... In the water,... Learn More


Sargassum in Mexico

Posted by Abel Hernandez | Mexico, Mexico | Climate Change

The nightmare has returned to the Mexican Caribbean as the beaches of tourist centers such as Cancún, Playa del Carmen, Puerto Morelos, and Tulum are now filled with high volumes of sargassum, which... Learn More


Clean up the Hudson River

Posted by Audrey Cheng | Colorado, United States | Habitat Change

The coastline of the one of the most populated cities in the U.S. is right on the Hudson, making it a very polluted body of water. Protecting our rivers will in turn protect our... Learn More


Take initiative to clean the Great Pacific Garbage Patch

Posted by Audrey Cheng | Colorado, United States | Ocean Plastics

The Great Pacific garbage patch is an alarming size and surely growing everyday, affecting a variety of sea life. The Ocean Cleanup has made great strides to take initiative in cleaning up the Great... Learn More


really worried what ships are striking whales everyday!

Posted by Amartuvshin Khoroldagva | California, United States | Whales, Dolphins, and Marine Mammals

I'm so concern that ships are killing endangered great mammals very often especially in California shores.Media is telling they dead because of hunger. But, it is hard to believe after seeing a lot... Learn More


Solution – Trash and plastics floating into the sea

Posted by D Chandrasekhar | Karnataka, India | Ocean Plastics

We have proven solution - There is a lot of trash and plastics flowing into the sea from rivers and streams. There is more of this originating from Asian rivers as per reports. We have designed and... Learn More


Compostable Single Use Plastic… Great idea, but where do we put it?

Posted by Kaylie Finnis | , United States | Ocean Plastics

Switching to single-use compostable items that are "PLA", doesn't solve the goal for countries to "ban single-use-plastic" if they aren't commercially composted and end up in our oceans or landfills.... Learn More


Too much trash on Staten Island beaches

Posted by a l | New York, United States | Ocean Plastics

I was talking to the ranger of the beach and we were talking about why there were so little people at the beach during the summer. And he said that there was too much trash and that he would even... Learn More



Posted by KENNEY L SCOTT | , United States | Pollution


2 – Open Data on Plastic Pollution with Blockchain Rewards (Littercoin)

Posted by Seán Lynch | Cork, Ireland | Ocean Plastics

There is a lack of incentive for people to create open data on plastic pollution Many data providers don't share data as open data because of the complete lack of support available for open data, and... Learn More


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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



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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


“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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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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