The Impact of Abandoned Ocean Fishing Nets On Marine Life

The Impact of Abandoned Ocean Fishing Nets On Marine Life

Every year hundreds of thousands of marine animals – such as sea turtles, seals, dolphins and whales – are harmed by ocean plastic pollution. Abandoned plastic fishing nets are a significant part of the problem. These nets can travel long distances from their points of origin and can remain in the ocean long after they are discarded, resulting in the entrapment and death of marine mammals, sea birds and fish. The result is an increasingly critical global threat to marine life.

Why We Need The World Ocean Festival Now More Than Ever

Why We Need The World Ocean Festival Now More Than Ever

It didn't take long for the Trump administration to make its views on science known — especially climate science. The EPA's website no longer features a climate science page (it now redirects to an "energy independence" page). And just this week the administration officially announced the plan to pull the U.S. out of the Paris Climate Agreement. So, for better or for worse, it's the perfect time to celebrate our oceans and encourage those in power to fight for them at this weekend's World Ocean Festival in NYC.

World Ocean Festival Calls Climate Action Heroes to New York on June 4

World Ocean Festival Calls Climate Action Heroes to New York on June 4

On June 4, 2017, supporters of united action against Climate Change and in the pursuit of the global Sustainable Development Goals including ocean-focused Sustainable Development Goal 14 will take to the waterways of New York Harbor and to the shores of Governors Island to send a message to world leaders to #saveourocean.

Rebuilding Europe’s fish stocks can increase catches by more than 50%. Why should Europeans settle for less?

Rebuilding Europe’s fish stocks can increase catches by more than 50%. Why should Europeans settle for less?

For the first time ever, we know the full potential of fish recovery in Europe and it’s good news!

If we fully implement the Common Fisheries Policy (CFP) and manage stocks sustainably, fish catches can increase by 57% or 5 million tonnes. That’s a lot of extra fish currently missing from European seas.

WHY OCEANS?

WHY OCEANS?

The oceans not only sustain marine life, but our own–connecting us all across the world, providing sustenance, transport, economies, livelihoods. Meanwhile, illegal fishing threatens species, sustenance, and economies worldwide; pollution in the form of chemical run-off, spills, plastics, and more damages and destroys marine life and enters our food chain; and climate change is killing our coral reefs, flooding human and animal habitats, and feeding a disastrous feedback loop of rising world temperatures.

#NYCxSDG: NYC welcomes the World Ocean Festival to our Coastal City

#NYCxSDG: NYC welcomes the World Ocean Festival to our Coastal City

New York City is a premier coastal city. With a population of 8.5 million residents and a coastline of 520 miles, we recognize the clear and inescapable link between climate change and our oceans and that protecting the health of our planet through effective management of our natural resources, including our oceans, is critical.

WOF Speaker Forum Announcement

WOF Speaker Forum Announcement

We have an incredible line-up of speakers at the World Ocean Festival Ocean Village to announce today! With the support of our Founding Sponsor National Geographic we will welcome some of the world’s top ocean scientists, entrepreneurs to Governors Island on June 4 in free, public dialogue on the topics of: “Coral Reefs and Climate” (11:00 a.m.), “Plastic Pollution” (1:30 p.m.), “Fishing and Seafood” (2:30 p.m.) and “Urban Ocean: Conservation” (3:30 p.m.). See the full program line-up and speaker bios here.

Making Waves: VR Story on Aquaculture Innovators in Tanzania

Making Waves: VR Story on Aquaculture Innovators in Tanzania

As part of our VR Pavilion at the World Oceans Festival we’ll be showcasing a variety of films including a preview of Making Waves: Re-engineering Aquaculture in Tanzania. Davar Ardalan is Director of Storytelling and Engagement at Secondmuse and tells us more about the 360/VR film & what we’ll be able to experience on June 4th. 

Improving the Health of Oceans through Recycling

Improving the Health of Oceans through Recycling

It is estimated that 10-20 million tons of plastic end up in the world’s oceans each year. These include microplastics, which impose severe degradation to natural capital suffered by animals and their habitats. Recent reports confirm that deep-sea animals down in the Mariana Trench, Earth’s deepest point, are ingesting this pollution, which has also found its way into the Arctic. If things don’t change, we could see more plastics than fish in the ocean by 2050.

Solving Humanity’s Grand Challenges Requires a Healthy Ocean

Solving Humanity’s Grand Challenges Requires a Healthy Ocean

Human well-being and human rights are inextricably tied to the health of the ocean, yet ocean conservation work is often isolated. Last month, as the United National General Assembly focused on tackling the grand challenges represented by the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), both the ocean goal (aka Goal 14, “Life Under Water”) and me, as a marine biologist, were a bit lonely.