Today marks our official partnership with Mission Blue. Mission Blue is a global initiative founded by Dr. Sylvia Earle in 2009; it is a large organization that includes an array of ocean conservation groups – from large companies to individuals. The Mission Blue community works toward creating awareness about oceanic issues and giving support to projects that make a positive impact within our oceans.
Dr. Sylvia Earle encourages everybody to work together to, “to use all means at your disposal — films, expeditions, the web, new submarines — to create a campaign to ignite public support for a global network of marine protected areas; Hope Spots large enough to save and restore the blue heart of the planet.”
We’re excited that Mission Blue has recognized our conservation efforts in the Indian Ocean. Unfortunately, ghost gear is not just an issue in the Indian Ocean, but all over the world. Ghost nets are essentially just another form of pollution that devastate the ocean. The United Nations Environmental Program (UNEP) and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) modestly estimated that 640,000 tons of ghost gear is generated in our oceans per year. That’s a lot of garbage and a lot of threatened animals.
Ghost nets are just one of many things that negatively impact our environment. Mission Blue supports all efforts, individual or otherwise, that help protect the ocean. We are all responsible for the health of the marine environment, whether or not we live in costal communities. Choices we make every day impact our oceans – simple choices, like what to eat or what to throw away. But, there are some individuals who take on more responsibility, who often go out of their way to protect the marine environment. We’d like to sincerely thank those individuals who have removed nets, detangled turtles and sent us data. Your work is incredibly valuable to help keep the oceans healthy. It’s also valuable to us, and we hope to find solutions with the information you’ve sent us.
Read more on the Mission Blue website by clicking here.