One Ocean Thing: There Is Only One Ocean!

Thanks to FOP, and world-renowned marine ecologist Jane Lubchenco, we are making a major correction to our story category “Oceans”– it will now be “Ocean.”  It turns out this is a very important distinction!  There is a major campaign afoot to educate the public that there is only one ocean and we all should “Drop the S.”   NOAA’s Ocean Facts page, which is the definitive source in our book, answers the question stating that there is only one global ocean with named ocean basins (see the NOAA animation below).  The Earth has one big ocean with many features — the five ocean basins may have different names but they are all connected.  And now we stand corrected!

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Smart Phones Improve Both Fisheries Management And Consumer Choices

Several U.S. environmental organizations with the support of large philanthropic organizations are working to help countries around the world achieve better fisheries management, and increasingly they are using smartphones and technological innovations to empower fishers to decide where and when to fish in order to get the best price.

Why This Matters:   Here, with the help of technology and the support of U.S. NGOs, fishermen and consumers are benefitted by technology that is now readily available on smartphones.

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Ocean Acidification Will Cause Big Economic Losses in the U.S.

Ocean Acidification Will Cause Big Economic Losses in the U.S.

A new report from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration released last week as part of a Congressionally-mandated review of ocean acidification, states that increasing acidity in the U.S. ocean waters could cause “billions of dollars in damage to the U.S. economy,” with detrimental impacts on Alaskan fisheries and tourism due to degraded coral reefs in Florida and the Caribbean.

Why This Matters:  Climate impacts are costing our economy already due to severe weather events such as wildfires and hurricanes.  Even though increasing ocean acidification may not be visible to the eye, its costs are just as devastating.

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Northeast (NE) Canyons and Seamounts Monument Designation Stands

Northeast (NE) Canyons and Seamounts Monument Designation Stands

At the end of December, an appeals court in Washington, D.C. upheld the designation by President Obama of the first national “monument” in the Atlantic Ocean, the Northeast Canyons and Seamounts Monument off the coast of Cape Cod, an area teeming with unique and endangered wildlife (such as North Atlantic Right Whales) and due to its topography of deep canyons and extinct volcanic peaks. 

Why This Matters:  This is a clear win for the conservation of natural resources.  The area covered by the monument is full of ocean wonders and is as deserving of protection as similarly precious places on land — like Yellowstone or Yosemite.

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