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How I Sea: Kanaloa Seafood

August 21, 2017

The Hawaiian word, Kina’ole, means “doing the right thing, in the right way, at the right time, in the right place, to the right person, for the right reason, with the right feeling every time.”

Kanaloa takes pride in this as a company, and in working towards improving traceability and sustainability in the seafood industry.

Produced by The TerraMar Project

Shot / Directed / Edited by Sara Disraeli

Additional Cinematography by

Kanaloa Seafood : http://kanaloaseafood.com/

Kauai Shrimp : https://www.kauaishrimp.com/

Santa Barbara Mariculture : http://www.sbmariculture.com/

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Featuring:

Don Disraeli

and

Randee Disraeli

The Terramar Project

The United Nations Ocean Conference

August 3, 2017

In June 2017, the United Nations hosted the first Ocean Conference to solidify a global approach for the management and conservation of the oceans.

The objective moving forward is Sustainability Development Goal 14: to conserve and responsibly use the oceans, seas, and marine resources for sustainable development.

Produced by Brian Yurasits and The Terra Mar Project

Shot / Directed / Edited by Ben Potter

Additional Cinematography by

Drew Maloney
Cole Yamane
James Katsipis
Nick Whelan

Music –

Uroboros
Benjamin James

Special Thanks –

Christine Dennison
Tim Taylor
Karolina Piotrowska
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Featuring:

Mr. Sol P. Kaho’ohalahala
Acting Chair of the Hawaiian Islands Humpback Wahile National Marine Santuary

Ms. Lise Kingo
CEO and Executive Director, UN Global Compact

Ms. Marlene Moses
Permanent Representative of Nauru

Ms. Christine Dennison
Founder of Mad Dog Expeditions

Ms. Amina J. Mohammed
UN Deputy Secretary-General

Mr. Stefano Ciafani
Executive Director of Legambiente

Ms. Marina Zurkow
Media Artist

Karina Holden
Film Director

Dr. Douglas McCauley
Professor of Marine Science, UCSB

Mr. Anote Tong
Former President of Kiribati

Mr. Winiki Sage
President of the Economic, Social and Cultural Council of French Polynesia

Mr. Paul Holthus
President and CEO of World Ocean Council

Mr. Peter Thomson
President of the 71st session of the General Assembly

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How I Sea: New York Surf Week

July 25, 2017

The TerraMar Project recently participated in New York Surf Week 2017 at Long Beach, NY. This is a recap of the event, and perspectives from the organizations involved on local marine conservation issues.

 

Shot and Edited by Brian Yurasits – The TerraMar Project

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Interviewees:
Will Skudin – NYSEA/Skudin Surf
Scott Esposito – Teton Gravity Research
Damien O’Halleran – Emerald Surfwear
Kieran Metkiff – NYSEA/Skudin Surf

Surfers:
New York Surf Week Expression Session
Balaram Stack
TJ Gumiela
Logan Hayes

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Global Ocean TV – Episode 52

April 27, 2017

Global Ocean TV, the official television channel of the world’s ocean, is brought to you by The TerraMar Project. Check out the transcript below for links to stories.

Transcript:

Welcome to Global Ocean TV, the official television channel of the world’s ocean. Brought to you by The TerraMar Project.

I’m today’s host, Brian Yurasits, and I’m excited to share the top ocean news from this past month with you.

Earth Day 2017 was this past weekend, and we at The TerraMar Project had the chance to participate in Boston’s March for Science.

It was clear in the signs people help up, that climate change was a pressing issue this Earth Day, but the oceans were also represented in full force. Over 70% of our Earth is ocean, and so Earth day is a time to really step back and focus on what we can do better to protect the health of our world’s oceans.

We asked some of the participants why they were marching, and what they believe is one thing people could change everyday to help save the planet. Here’s what they had to say…

This has been a busy past month in terms of victories for our world’s oceans and natural environments.

An Entire Ecosystem In India Has Now Been Granted Legal Rights As a Human:

An entire ecosystem in India has been given legal rights as a human. Initially declaring the Ganga and Yamuna Rivers as legal entities, the Indian Court has now granted rights to the entire ecosystem. This is a huge win for environmental justice around the world, and similar rulings have been made in New Zealand to protect the Whanganui River which is considered sacred by the Maori people who live there.

Manatees to be Removed From Endangered Species List, Reclassified as Threatened:

Florida Manatees are no longer an endangered species. These gentle giants have been downgraded to ‘threatened’ after three consecutive years of population rise.

Devil Rays Granted Worldwide Protection by CITES: And Genetic Tracking Could Help Catch Illegal Traders:

Devil rays have been granted worldwide protection by CITES. This means that it has become illegal to trade any part of a Devil Ray species across international borders. This is a huge step in preventing the illegal harvests of these animals.

Plan Approved to Round Up the Last Wild Vaquitas Into Protected ‘Sea Pens’:

Vaquitas are in trouble. With less than 60 of these tiny porpoises left in the wild, scientists and federal agencies are taking measures to round up the last remaining Vaquitas into wild pens where they will be protected from fishing nets.

Two-Thirds of the Great Barrier Reef has Been Affected by This Year’s Mass Coral Bleaching:

The Great Barrier Reef is in trouble. As you may have seen, two-thirds of the Great Barrier Reef has been affected by this year’s coral bleaching. This is the second year in a row that the reef has experienced a major bleaching, which is a serious threat, since the reefs need time to recover.

You can find these stories in The Daily Catch, and tune back in regularly for the best ocean, river, and lake news from around the world.

Thank you

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Global Ocean TV – Episode 51 – The Marine Foundation

December 21, 2015

Global Ocean TV, the official television channel of the world’s ocean, is brought to you by The TerraMar Project. Check out the transcript below for links to stories.

Transcript:

Global Ocean TV, the official television channel of the world’s ocean, is brought to you by The TerraMar Project.

I’m today’s host, Celia Gregory, the Founder of the Marine Foundation.

The Marine Foundation is an international Eco arts organisation with a new approach to marine conservation where art is at the center and the catalyst for conservation, sustainable resource management and social change. We offer a visionary approach to restoring marine habitat through the creation of bespoke underwater sculptures designed with creative and scientific innovation. Interactive Eco art sustains the communities and marine ecosystems on which they depend. The artworks are coral and fish nurseries replenishing the seas with new life and therefore a way to creatively invest in the future health of our underwater habitat; pioneering a new arena for eco marine tourism.

We recently completed a project in Manado, Indonesia called “Underwater Love” that you can find in The Daily Catch.

Learn more about us at http://www.themarinefoundation.org or search The Marine Foundation on Facebook.

And now, here are today’s news stories:

The United States has joined with the EU and a range of other countries at COP21 in an effort to secure a final agreement. The so called “high ambition coalition” now comprises well over 100 countries from the rich and developing world.

While ocean energy has been relegated to wallflower status at COP21, somewhat ironically it will get the full blown Hollywood treatment just a couple of days after the talks finish, as part of the National Geographic Channel’s Breakthrough series on next-generation technology. The Breakthrough series finale, titled Water Apocalypse, is set to unspool this Sunday, December 13 at 9 pm EST and it features the ocean energy company Carnegie Wave Energy.

The cycle of warm and cold temperatures – which is caused by warm water from Australia spilling out across the Pacific Ocean – has already caused havoc across the world this year. Floods in the Indian city of Chennai last week – killing 269 people – are believed to have been caused by El Niño’s effect on the monsoon season.

Kangaroos occasionally like to take to swim when the heat is up Down Under, but catching a wallaby out at sea is very much out of the ordinary.

Economist and climate finance expert Torsten Thiele speaks with Charlotte Smith, offering his assessment of how the climate talks in Paris are shaping up for oceans.

You can find these stories in The Daily Catch, and tune back in regularly for the best river, lake, and ocean news from around the world.

Thank you.

NOAA Office of National Marine Sanctuaries

Stunning Imagery Revealed of U.S. Navy Plane Downed During the Attack on Pearl Harbor

December 7, 2015

NOAA and University of Hawaii archaeologists conducted a detailed archaeological survey of a U.S. Navy PBY-5 Catalina airplane sunk during the Japanese attack at Pearl Harbor on Dec. 7, 1941.

Coordinated by NOAA maritime archaeologist, Hans Van Tilburg, a team of students from the University of Hawaii Marine Option Program produced the first systematic photo and video documentation of the wreck site.

A view of the aircraft fuselage beginning at the bow, showing the open forward gunner’s turret, anchor well and cockpit.

The navigator’s window in the hull can be seen, covered with silt and marine growth.

The camera pans over the break in the fuselage, then left over the wing and engine nacelle (housing). An abundance of coral growth can be seen covering the wing, which is partially buried in sediment.

After reaching the wingtip, the camera turns around and heads back towards the fuselage down the trailing edge of the remaining wing, ending back at the bow.

Credit: NOAA Office of National Marine Sanctuaries

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Global Ocean TV – Episode 50 – Ocean CREST Alliance

December 4, 2015

Global Ocean TV, the official television channel of the world’s ocean, is brought to you by The TerraMar Project. Expand the comments section for the transcript and links to partners:

Transcript:

Hey Captain Joseph Ierna Jr here from Ocean CREST Alliance — Welcome to de islands!

Today, we are bringing you Global Ocean TV live from the deepest marine Blue Hole on our Planet — Deans Blue Hole, Long Island Bahamas.

With headquarters here on Long Island, our non-profit organization Ocean CREST Alliance has been making great progress with the community and the government with the design, development and establishment of a 215,000 acre Marine Protected Area, aptly named the Long Island Marine Management Area or LIMMA!

Most recently, the Bahamas Minister of Environment, the Honorable Minister Kenred Dorsett, announced 18 new MPA’s throughout the Bahamas archipelago, consisting of 3 expansions and 15 new MPA sites. By doing this the Bahamas Government is adding 11 million acres to the Bahamas commitments and goals of the Caribbean Challenge Initiative of 20% protection of their coastal and offshore waters by the year 2020.

OCA’s conservation efforts have reached our political leaders, national and international ocean leaders, the Long Island fishermen and the local community with economics-based solutions that move beyond traditional arguments for protecting biodiversity – it’s all about creating long term sustainable growth and economy for people and our planet – with the key word being sustainable!

And now here are today’s news stories:

The climate talks will begin in earnest today. Nearly 150 world leaders are expected attend the United Nations climate change summit, called with the aim of reaching a landmark global deal on limiting greenhouse gas emissions.

Despite the tensions between the the heightened security presence and climate activists, demonstrators were largely peaceful ahead of the crucial climate change session. In place of the big march, protesters lined up thousands of shoes representing climate change activists.

The new report went public in recent days after its release by the Ministry of Science and Technology, and is available only in Chinese.

It presents global warming as squeezing China from two fronts: the environmental hazards and the international response.

China is increasingly vulnerable to the effects of climate change, especially from rising seas and shifting rainfall and snow patterns. And it also faces growing international pressure to cut its greenhouse-gas pollution, which is by far the most of any country, almost twice that of the second-place country, the United States.

In new documents submitted to the IWC, the IWC commissioner for Japan said his nation would begin a new whaling program in the Antarctic Ocean with plans to catch 333 minke whales per year beginning in early 2016. This is one-third the amount of animals caught annually in Japan’s previous whaling program in the area.

The ocean is Earth’s last unexplored frontier, with millions of unknown species lurking in its depths. Most of those animals, though mysterious, have recognizable features: eyes, teeth, fins. But one strange creature more closely resembles a giant, luminous condom adrift at sea. The glowing cylindrical structure floats in tropical waters and is built of hundreds, and sometimes thousands of tiny creatures. Together, the colony of animals forms the mystical glowing roll called a pyrosome.

After many setbacks, Victor Mooney arrive at the Brooklyn Navy Yard after beginning his journey in the Canary Islands in 2014. After crossing the Atlantic and making landfall in the Caribbean, Mooney has been making his way up the eastern seaboard to raise awareness of HIV/AIDS and to encourage people to get tested. Mooney lost his brother to to AIDS in 1983.

Check out these stories out in The Daily Catch and thank you TerraMar for helping us spread the good word about the sustainable solutions Ocean CREST Alliance is working on for our Ocean.

Learn more about Ocean CREST Alliance: http://www.oceancrestalliance.org

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Global Ocean TV – Episode 49 – Saving Drago – Green Teen Team Foundation

October 7, 2015

Global Ocean TV, the official television channel of the world’s ocean, brought to you by The TerraMar Project. Check out the transcript and links to partners below:

Transcript:

Rob: Welcome to Global Ocean TV, the official television channel of the world’s ocean, brought to you by The TerraMar Project.

I’m Rob Foos, and in this special edition, we’ll learn about a collaboration in Italy that saved an endangered sea turtle in the Mediterranean. I’ll hand it over to the Green Teen Team to tell you more.

Theodora: Hello I am Theodora the founder of the Green Teen Team Foundation. I would like to tell you a story about a Loggerhead Sea Turtle, caretta caretta in Latin, called Drago. In Italian Drago means ‘dragon’ which makes a great name for this turtle because she is as strong as a dragon!!

Drago was caught by a bottom trawler net, and by the time she was found she had hypoxia because she was starting to drown. Drago had already lost an eye and had a previous injury to her cheekbone that had created a sort of horn which would be troubling for her as it would catch on to things when she was swimming and is probably why she had been caught in the trawler net.

After Fondazione Cetacea and Numana Citta delle Tartarughe rescued Drago, they operated to remove the horn and then rehabilitated Drago for six months at Fondazione Cetacea’s turtle hospital, in Riccione, Italy.

Green Teen Team Foundation raised funds to sponsor a GPS tracker to follow her journey after she was released. The tracker was attached to Drago’s carapace before she was released back to the Adriatic Sea on the 5th September 2015. The released also signified the beginning of an important collaboration between Green Teen Team Foundation, Parco Natura Viva, Fondazione Cetacea, Numana Citta delle Tartarughe and the communes of Bussolengo and Numana.

To tell you more about this collaboration I now hand you over to Ellie, the Director of Green Teen Team.

Ellie: Thank you Theodora, we are very happy about this collaboration as it goes towards our objectives to bring awareness to teenagers and young people about the importance of the conservation of biodiversity to protect the functioning and health of our planet. Through these collaborations we bring together young people, schools, families, communities and conservation organisations, then we can engage people with nature and they see first hand how they can help to conserve biodiversity by protecting the threatened or endangered species they have in their vicinity! Each collaboration has or will have a Green Teen Team Foundation project at its centre where members meet on a monthly basis and work with the chosen species. The objective is to empower young people to make responsible choices now and make responsible decisions about things that effect the environment when they are adults.

Theodora: You can learn more about Green Teen Team on our website at www.greenteenteam.org and also you can track Drago’s journey at http://www.seaturtle.org

Back to you Rob!

Rob: Thanks Theodora and the rest of the Green Teen Team for sharing that incredible story. If you enjoyed this special edition of Global Ocean TV, like this video and subscribe to our channel! And as always, check out The Daily Catch for the best ocean, river and lake news from around the world.

Thank you.

Special thanks to Elena Livia Pennacchioni and to everyone involved!

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Global Ocean TV – Episode 48 – Hello Ocean

September 23, 2015

Global Ocean TV, the official television channel of the world’s ocean, is brought to you by The TerraMar Project. Check out the transcript and synopsis of the stories below:

Transcript:

Welcome to Global Ocean TV, the official television channel of the world’s ocean, brought to you by The TerraMar Project.

I am today’s host, Teresa Carey, co-founder and Director of Hello Ocean.

Hello Ocean is working to design two citizen science opportunities for recreational boaters. Our goal for 2016 is to offer opportunities to participate in the largest global ocean acidification study that will include data collected from every ocean. We also hope to offer an opportunity to help map the world’s marine mammals with species information, behavior, distribution, and abundance. We are working hard to make these things possible. In the meantime, check out some excellent citizen science opportunities that we love!

Here are today’s stories:

Pope Francis arrived in the United States on Tuesday, and climate change—an issue he’s called “one of the principal challenges facing humanity in our day”—figures to be a central theme in his message to Americans.

With the omnipresence of content surrounding the future and uncertainty our ocean’s health, it can be easy to feel powerless and think our actions and choices have little or no impact.

However, there are solutions to these problems, and it’s our daily choices that will make a difference and change the world. You can start simply by choosing sustainable seafood.

Red Bull Unleashed, one of the first international surf competitions on man-made waves, was held last weekend at the Surf Snowdonia wave park in North Wales.

Surf Snowdonia is the world’s largest and first commercial Wavegarden, a technology that involves an underwater plow moving back and forth, creating constant, 6.5-foot waves. More than 2,000 people showed up for the inaugural event, many of whom stood a few feet from the waves, creating a stadium-like atmosphere that broke from the surfing tradition.

Dead zones like the 6,000 square mile area along the northern edge of the Gulf of Mexico occur when nitrogen and phosphorus from agricultural fertilizers and sewage washes downstream into the ocean and creates huge blooms of toxic algae. Sadly, there are hundreds of them around the world.

Microbiologists at BYU, with financial backing from the National Science Foundation and the U.S Dept. of Agriculture, are addressing this global environmental issue by getting to the root of the problem.

While jellyfish populations have been up and down for thousands of years, these diaphanous creatures seem to be better suited for the changes humanity has wrought on the oceans than other marine life. The species has adapted to live happily in warmer waters riddled with pollution and algae blooms, where other marine life has been overfished out of the picture.

In this episode of Ocean Gazing, host Ari Daniel speaks with Huijie Xue, a professor at the University of Maine, and discusses how she makes ocean forecasts for the Gulf of Maine.

Check out these stories in The Daily Catch and stay up to date on the latest river, lake, and ocean news from around the world by subscribing to this channel.

Thank you.

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Global Ocean TV – Episode 47 – Pulley Ridge Expedition – Tiburon Subsea

September 10, 2015

Global Ocean TV™, the official television channel of the world’s ocean, is brought to you by The TerraMar Project. Check out the transcript below:

Transcript:

Welcome to Global Ocean TV™, the official television channel of the world’s ocean, brought to you by The TerraMar Project.

I am today’s host, Rob Foos, and I’m excited to share this special segment from our friends at Tiburon Subsea.

This year marks the 10th anniversary of the expedition to Pulley Ridge, America’s deepest coral reef.

This diving expedition, led by Mote Marine Lab, with NOAA National Marine Sanctuaries and Tiburon Subsea, brought together ROV’s – remote operated vehicles – piloted submersibles, and divers for a unique, groundbreaking collaboration working at depths up to 260 feet.

Without further ado, here’s the incredible video from Tiburon Subsea.

Check out the story in The Daily Catch.

 

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Global Ocean TV – Episode 45 – Posidonia Oceanica – Ibiza

September 1, 2015

Global Ocean TV, the official television channel of the world’s ocean, is brought to you by The TerraMar Project. Expand the comments section for the transcript and links to stories:
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Transcript:

Welcome to Global Ocean TV™, the official television channel of the world’s ocean, brought to you by The TerraMar Project.

I’m Rob Foos, and I’m excited to share this story from Ibiza highlighting Posidonia Oceanica, a seagrass species endemic to the Mediterranean.

To tell us a little bit more about this important plant, I’ll hand it over to Ellie Crisp of the Green Teen Team Foundation. Over to you, Ellie.

Ellie:

Thanks Rob.

I’m the Executive Director of the Green Teen Team Foundation. The objective of the foundation is to empower children to be able to make changes to their lives, the lives of others and the life of the planet by engaging children with nature via worldwide projects that connect with nature organisations, schools and social groups.

The world’s environment is changing before our very eyes, and that is especially evident off the coast of Ibiza in the Posidonia Oceanica prairies.

Posidonia oceanica is found in areas with moderate currents and transparent waters, which is why the beautiful Mediterranean Sea is the only place this spermatophyte calls home. Posidonia oceanica colonises seabeds some 30 to 40m below the surface, grows very slowly, but has an incredible lifespan!

In May 2006, a team of international scientists discovered a Posidonia oceanica plant between the islands of Formentera and Ibiza measuring 8 km long and estimated to be more than 100,000 years old, making it the “largest living organism ever documented” in the world!

It grows horizontally and can cover large areas of the seabed, and it also grows vertically leading to the formation of barrier reefs, which can reach 2m in height. Posidonia oceanica stabilises the seabed and protects the coastline from storms.

Each year, the first autumn storms deposit large quantities of its dead leaves on the coast, creating yet another natural barrier by preventing beach erosion and protecting the sand dune systems.

On 4 December 1999, UNESCO designated the prairies of Posidonia oceanica as a World Heritage Site under the denomination Ibiza, Biodiversity and Culture. The ocean prairies are also protected by the Habitats Directive of the European Union, highlighting the area as a priority habitat due to its environmental importance.

Despite all this, there is growing pressure on this underwater ecosystem, which is very sensitive to environmental changes.

To talk about the threats to Posidonia oceanica, I’ll turn it over to Mariano Marí.

Mariano:

Thanks Ellie.

I’m Mariano Marí from GEN-GOB Eivissa.

Adequate protection of Posidonia oceanica should be a primary concern for a variety of stakeholders in the Balearic Islands. The beauty and transparency of our seawater and the quality of the sand on the beaches are pivotal to the preservation of the underwater prairies. This directly impacts tourism, affecting many livelihoods. Adequate protection should also be of interest to the fishing sector, which needs the shelter provided by the prairies to protect juvenile fish and maintain healthy fish stocks.

Despite all this, there is growing pressure on this underwater ecosystem, which is very sensitive to environmental changes.

Not only are rising ocean temperatures, which seriously affect the entire Mediterranean, threatening the Posidonia oceanica, but human activity is also placing this precious plant at risk.

Urban development along the coast, particularly the construction of seawalls, marinas, and piers, significantly impact Posidonia oceanica.

Contamination from the illegal dumping of wastewater by purification plants, coastline towns and boats is ruining the delicate balance of the ecosystem by introducing substantial quantities of nutrients.

With increased boating activity in the area, many yachts are resorting to anchoring in the protected bays and severely damaging the prairies. This is a particularly avoidable activity by requiring boats to anchor on sandy bottoms or by increasing the number of ecologically installed mooring balls.

Overfishing is another problem. In addition to the small fleet of local fishing boats, most of which work using traditional methods, a large number of industrial trawlers from other areas are adding extra pressure to the region.

But there is one more serious, emerging danger: oil prospection and possible oil exploitation. A number of projects are currently underway in the western Mediterranean, close to the Balearic coasts. This new threat is a ticking time bomb that may destroy not only the marine life but also the very economy of these islands.

The local population unanimously opposes and is fighting oil exploitation at all levels, notably through the creation of the Alianza Mar Blava.

But several oil companies persist.

I’ll pass it off to Sandra Benbeniste to speak about the Alianza Mar Blava.

Sandra:

Thank you Mariano. I am Sandra Benbeniste, the Executive Director of the Ibiza Preservation Fund.

The Ibiza Preservation Fund aims to preserve Ibiza and Formentera’s exceptional beauty and natural value by encouraging sustainable initiatives. Our main focus is the conservation of Ibiza and Formentera’s countryside and marine areas.

The Ibiza Preservation Fund is a Member of the Alianza Mar Blava, a consortium of public and private sector organizations dedicated to stopping the exploration and exploitation of hydrocarbons off the coast of Ibiza and Formentera, as well as promoting renewable energy as an alternative to oil.

Our biggest success so far has been the withdrawal of the company Cairn Limited, which wanted to look for oil 30 km away from Ibiza. Nevertheless there are 2 other companies threatening the Baleares, which is why we aim at a declaration of a moratorium on oil exploration in the Spanish Mediterranean.

We need everybody’s help. Please check our site at www.alianzamarblava.org, and help us adopting a meter of sea: http://adopta1metrodemar.alianzamarblava.org/en

Today we see the consequences of the combination of a lack of foresight and a surplus of human ambition, and how they threaten the future of life on the planet. Posidonia oceanica, an authentic natural treasure, is proof of this, as its very existence depends on one of the most threatened ecosystems on Earth. The Sea is our “shared responsibility,” and as such we must all help to protect it.

Back to you, Rob.

Rob:

Thank you Ellie, Mariano, and Sandra for that special report.

To learn more about Posidonia oceanica, check out these stories in The Daily Catch:

The organizations featured in this video are:

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Global Ocean TV – Episode 44 – Barbara de Vries Interview

August 28, 2015

In this Special Edition of Global Ocean TV, the official television channel of the world’s ocean, The TerraMar Project sits down with fashion designer turned plastic activist Barbara de Vries.

Ten years ago, after noticing a considerable amount of beach plastic on the shores of Eleuthera, Bahamas, Barbara became an ocean plastic pollution activist and used her connections and design experience to raise awareness of the problems of plastic in the oceans by founding a company called Plastic is Forever. She promotes incorporating beach plastic as a design material through community outreach and workshops in the Caribbean Islands, speaks at related events and designs product for co-branded collections. In 2015 she received the Dutch American Heritage Award for her contributions to the environment.

Barbara divides her time between Miami and New York.

Partners mentioned in the interview include:

plastic

Barbara de Vries, founder of Plastic is Forever, first became involved in ocean plastic activism in 2006, when she noticed plastic debris on the pristine beaches of Eleuthera, The Bahamas. As the former design director of CK Calvin Klein she uses her fashion experience to create collections that highlight the problem in collaboration with Barneys New York, The Nature Conservancy, Oceana, Surfrider etc. She has shown at Art Basel Miami, Gallery Diet Miami, the Coral Gables Museum and Mildred’s Lane, PA. Her work is featured in the documentary One Beach and her TEDx talk. Aware that one single person will never make a difference to the amount of plastic that washes up on every beach with every wave, Barbara teaches workshops and encourages everyone to incorporate beach plastic in their creative process.