One Cool Thing: A Graphic Guide to Creating Marine Protected Areas

Our future depends upon sustaining ocean health and building resilience to climate change and other ocean stressors like pollution and acidification.  Protecting at least 30% of the ocean by 2030 through implemented, fully, and highly protected Marine Protected Areas (MPAs) is necessary for ocean and planetary health. Establishing an MPA can take years for communities – it is a complicated process in most countries but there are some common steps to take. Last year a number of organizations teamed up to create a short guide to creating MPAs.  And now, to make it even easier, a group of ocean scientists and artists created a comic book version of the Guide to explain the 4 stages of MPA establishment. Biodiversity is not safeguarded until an MPA is implemented and enforced — getting it right from the start is key.

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Portraits of Change: Women In Fishing Working For Sustainability

It’s not just men in the fishing sector who are impacted by climate change, overfishing, and COVID-19 — women are too.  Women like Alexia Jaurez of Sonora, Mexico, who is featured in this Environmental Defense Fund video, do the important work of monitoring the catch and the price, and most importantly determining how many more […]

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A Florida Seagrass Success Story — For Now

A Florida Seagrass Success Story — For Now

By Ashira Morris, ODP Staff Writer Last summer, Florida created its first aquatic preserve in over 30 years. The Nature Coast Aquatic Preserve protects about 400,000 acres of seagrass just north of Tampa on Florida’s Gulf coast.  These are part of the Gulf of Mexico’s largest seagrass bed and borders other existing preserves, creating a […]

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Scientists Could Use Whale Songs to Map Ocean Floor

A new study has found that whale songs can be a powerful tool for mapping the ocean floor. Seismic testing done by humans can harm whales and other marine life, but by using whale songs instead, scientists believe the practice can be adapted to be much less harmful to marine populations.

Why This Matters: For years, the fossil fuel industry has hauled “seismic guns” behind large boats, blasting loud, harmful bursts of sound that disturb sea life and impair the sonar of animals like whales and dolphins.

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