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SOS Plans High-Impact Ocean Events

Highlight: LA Waterkeeper Making Waves Event: Celebrating 20 Years of Protecting  Los Angeles Waterways SOS planned and executed LA Waterkeeper’s 20th anniversary event, Making Waves, surpassing the fundraising goal of $250,000 by $80,000. It’s hard to write about our...

SOS Hosts Sustainable Seafood Workshop in Miami

Last week the SOS team, along with Tim Lycke of Incredible Fish and Jennifer Mata of Legend Seafood, hosted a workshop on sustainable seafood for chefs and servers at Soho Beach House in Miami. A few pics from the tour of the chilly...

Plant-based Motor Oil Can Fight Ocean Pollution

Motor oil leaks from the engines of eco-friendly hybrids and gas-guzzling SUVs onto our roadways, where rain washes it into lakes, rivers and oceans. Every year 10 billion gallons of petroleum-based motor oil and other industrial lubricants...

California’s Ocean Protection Network in Full Effect!

This is a historic day for ocean protection. The first statewide network of marine protected areas in the U.S. went into effect Dec. 19 along California's 1,100-mile coastline. Strategic Ocean Solutions consultants had the opportunity to...

NYC’s Chinatown is Teeming with Sealife

New York City’s Chinatown is overflowing with ocean life – dried, bagged and ready for sale to those seeking alternative Chinese medicines. I recently went on a search for shark fins in the famous lower Manhattan district. I expected to find...

A High-Seas Escape

It wasn't an emigrant looking for economic freedom lying there on a Florida beach, but instead plastic trash hightailing it out of Chavez's Venezuela. Is this a sign of a bigger problem offshore? This transatlantic ocean cruiser found washed...

Plight of the Magellanic Penguin

More than 700 dead penguins have washed up on Brazil’s beaches since June, including more than 500 this week along the Rio Grande do Sul coast in southern Brazil. According to today’s CNN report, the Brazilian Center for Coastal Studies...

Exploring the Life Aquatic in Google Earth at Rio+20

Valuable on-the-ground discussions about community outreach are happening alongside the deep political negotiations at the Rio+20 United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Today, the Sylvia Earle...

Sharks Hit the Campaign Trail with President Obama

Earlier this week President Obama took a seemingly apolitical lunch stop for Chinese takeout at the famous Great Eastern Restaurant in San Francisco’s Chinatown. For ocean activists this stop prompted an occasion to highlight the issue of...

Paying Homage to Wetlands

If the ocean is the blue heart of the planet, then wetlands are the kidneys, naturally filtering out impurities from our drinking water supply. Once considered useless mosquito-infested swamplands, many of the world’s wetlands have been...

2012 Election Year Battle for Ocean Champions

If the state-by-state battles being waged by GOP contenders are any indication, the 2012 political race is in full swing and there is a long and winding campaign trail ahead. However, not all political battles being waged in Washington are...

The 2011 ocean winners and losers

How did the world’s oceans fare in 2011? I examine the most notable ocean winners and losers of the year. Sharks had some good wins this year. In hopes of saving sharks from the high demand for shark fin soup in Asia — several U.S. states...

Video: Pirate Fishing in the Global Oceans

This video by the Environmental Justice Foundation highlights the impacts on the ocean environment and human rights abuses from illegal pirate fishing operations in the world's...

Ocean Trash: A Dose of Reality and Psychology

In an effort to share my outrage with the world, I took my newly found trash -- the “Stars and Stripes” fishing bait box – to the internet. What I discovered is that our society, however ashamed of it, enables these offenders. If ocean conservationists want to tackle...