One Cool Thing: A Growing Wave of Ocean Innovation

We like to highlight the truly wonderful things happening in conservation during these difficult times, and opportunities are growing to create innovative solutions to solve the ocean’s biggest and toughest challenges.  The Ocean Solutions Accelerator is a great way to get both access to funders and experienced entrepreneurs who can help young people with great ideas for a business to get them off the ground.  They are accepting 2020 applications on a rolling basis.  If you have a great ocean solution idea and want to apply, click here.  

“Our oceans are in grave danger, due to the many consequences of climate change and pollution. These challenges can be solved with investment and innovation. Lynne and I are proud to support Daniela Fernandez and the Sustainable Ocean Alliance’s bold vision to create 100 new startups by 2021 to help heal the ocean.”

Marc Benioff, Founder of Salesforce

Similarly, the Net Gains Alliance has invested in data modernization projects across the U.S. to bring 21st-century management solutions to the fishing industry.  They recently announced support for 8 new projects.  You can read about them here.  

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House Dems Introduce Ocean-Based Climate Solutions Act

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