Seacology News: February 2011 Archives
12% of America's land is protected by our government. But how much of the world's oceans, which cover 75% of our planet, are under similar protections? An astounding .08%--not even 1%!
This was one of the many fascinating subjects discussed at a reception this week with Seacology and Dr. Sylvia Earle, a leading oceanographer and member of our Scientific Advisory Board, to discuss the state of the world's oceans. Seacology Fellow Lezlie Johnson hosted a private reception in her Los Angeles home, and guests heard from Seacology Executive Director Duane Silverstein, who described how Seacology is contributing to Dr. Earle's vision of a global network of marine protected areas.
During her presentation, Dr. Earle summarized her career as an explorer of the oceans--from her experience in the first all-female aquanaut expedition, to her 1250 foot dive in a JIM suit, the deepest dive by any woman. Since winning the TED Prize in 2009, Dr. Earle has been a leading advocate of ocean conservation. At Seacology's reception, she shared again her TED wish:
"I wish you would use all means at your disposal -- films! expeditions! the web! more! -- to ignite public support for a global network of marine protected areas, hope spots large enough to save and restore the ocean, the blue heart of the planet." - Sylvia Earle
Seacology's island conservation projects are working towards Dr. Earle's vision of a global network protecting our oceans and their species. Our latest projects include three new marine conservation areas, in the Philippines, Mexico, and Fiji.
Seacology's Board of Directors came together for their semiannual meeting at the end of January. Among other things, they discussed and approved Seacology's most recent round of island conservation projects.
From protecting a stand of massive ka trees known for their buttressed roots in the Micronesian state of Kosrae, to creating a mangrove reserve and a coastal resources center in Sri Lanka, Seacology is continuing its transformational work protecting the world's islands and their people. Also included in our most recent batch of projects is the whale shark project that we wrote about last fall, where Seacology is working to save the habitat of the world's largest species of fish. Read on for details on all of our new projects: