Clown fish swim between sea anemone and coral reefs off the coast of Matuku Island in the Lau Seascape. Last month, a team of conservationists set sail from the island of Fiji. Their mission: to survey marine life in the Lau Islands, an unheralded group of islets scattered over thousands of square miles of the South Pacific. --------------------
They were seeking out species — but also clues to the health of these little-explored waters. Edgardo Ochoa, marine safety officer at @ConservationOrg, recounts the resplendence and the risks of daily dives in remote waters — as well as some of the unfortunate finds he came across in the deep. The information collected will not only strengthen the case for increased protections of these waters, it will also expand our knowledge of how to do it. Scroll to see his photos, and visit blog.conservation.org for his full story. #fiji#lau#marine#diving#ocean#pacific#science
In honor of @ConservationOrg's 30th anniversary, we'll be posting a series of profiles that recognize staff who have worked at @ConservationOrg for 25 years or more! Today we'll meet Alberto Lora (right), who has been wth @ConservationOrg since the beginning, and today is the Senior Director of Global Administration. ---------
In this photo, Lora stands with Peter Seligmann, @ConservationOrg's co-founder and CEO. We asked Lora his favorite @ConservationOrg memory in his 30 years with the organization, and he said, "Without a doubt, the energy and optimism shown in the faces of my colleagues at the Tabard Inn in 1987, making a decision to create an organization that could take on the world and help transform it." #flashbackfriday#fbf#anniversary#birthday#conservation#sustainable#nature
An lone eastern Pacific yellow-fin tuna swims off the coast of Cocos Island in Costa Rica. Tuna was on the menu last week at the #UNOceanConference in New York, where representatives from civil society, governments and the private sector came together to sign the Tuna 2020 Traceability Declaration to promote sustainability for the world’s most important food fish. Its goal: to make all tuna fully traceable by 2020.
Promoted by the @worldeconomicforum, the declaration is a non-binding effort to galvanize governments, businesses and nonprofits to improve the health of tuna fisheries around the world. As Greg Stone, a marine conservation expert at @ConservationOrg, explained in a recent interview, it’s a step toward an even more ambitious goal of total traceability in the global commercial fishing industry. Read the full interview at blog.conservation.org #saveourocean#tuna#seafood#sustainable#costarica#conservation
A humpback whale in the Pacific. For the past five years, the team behind the global ocean health report card, @oceanhealth_index, have been trying to figure out how to reproduce their science faster. Assessing the scores on everything from biodiversity to tourism for 220 coastal nations and territories is a massive undertaking — and it involves synthesizing data from nearly 100 sources.
OHI scientists — including several from @ConservationOrg, the index’s co-developer — knew there was a way to do “better science in less time.” A new paper in the journal Nature details how they were able to do just that: By borrowing philosophies, tools and workflows primarily created for software development, OHI scientists fundamentally changed their approach to science. We sat down with the study’s lead author, @oceanhealth_index project scientist Julia Stewart Lowndes, to discuss the key to this new approach: open science. Read the interview at blog.conservation.org #humpbackwhale#whale#science#sciencematters#openscience#ocean#conservation
The Gaualofa sails towards Asau village, where the screening of @Disney’s Moana and marine conservation workshops are conducted. Traveling aboard the Gaualofa, Samoa’s traditional double-hulled voyaging canoe, a team of voyaging and environmental experts spent 12 days sailing around the islands of Samoa holding outdoor screenings of @Disney’s “Moana.” They were completing a pilot campaign for marine education in the Pacific Islands that used the film’s central themes of ocean conservation and Polynesian culture to connect with children and adults alike. --------------------
We sat down with Schannel “Sagele” van Dijken, @ConservationOrg Pacific Islands marine program director and Samoa country program lead, to discuss this groundbreaking trip. Read the interview blog.conservation.org #moana#ocean#conservation#samoa#disney#polynesian#gaualofa
Happy #WorldOceansDay! The ocean is the origin and the engine of all life on this planet -- and it needs our help. @ConservationOrg is working to #SaveOurOcean by applying a “whole ocean” approach, and designing solutions that address issues in the context of the entire system so that multiple benefits can be achieved and unintended negative consequences can be avoided. We balance the many ways people interact with nature, including food production, economic development, community involvement and traditional knowledge sharing. Learn more about specific projects, and help us #SaveOurOcean at conservation.org/Ocean #ocean#seaturtle#marine#conservation#sustainable
Congratulations and thank you to the Fijian government for their #OceanAction19904 commitment today at the #UNOceanConference, which expanded the protection of large scale marine managed areas in Fiji, including the protection of the Lau Seascape. Discover more about the Lau Seascape, a little-known region in the Pacific recently explored by @ConservationOrg at conservation.org/ocean #SaveOurOcean#ocean#fiji#lau#mpa
Thanks to your donations and to our generous match partners SC Johnson, we’ve reached our goal of protecting 10,000 acres of forest! Thank you for your commitment to helping protect the Amazon for us all, and a huge thank you to our partners SC Johnson for doubling every acre protected. If you haven’t yet, there’s still time to protect an acre today for future generations at conservation.org/protect #protectanacre#forest#conservation#nature#thankyou#amazon#scjohnson
“Fishers deserve to know where their fish goes and who makes money off it. And consumers should be able to know exactly what their fish is, where it’s from, and how it was caught in order to ensure that it was responsibly caught and sourced — essentially that it’s free of fraud, slavery, bycatch and overfishing, among other issues,” said @smartfishmx’s Hoyt Peckham. Social responsibility, he said, “goes beyond slavery — it incorporates all aspects of the lives and livelihoods of fishers, which in turn affect and are affected by every aspect of the seafood sector.”
Peckham crossed paths with @ConservationOrg’s Jack Kittinger while working with small-scale fishers on sustainable practices — and joined Kittinger’s work on the framework to “try to codify some of the best practices.” Learn more at stories.conservation.org #fisheries#slavery#humanrights#seafood#sustainable#smartfish#fish
“Businesses were at the table asking us what to do and we didn’t have an answer,” said Jennifer Dianto Kemmerly, director of global fisheries & aquaculture & head of the @seafoodwatch program for @montereybayaquarium in California, after the news of human rights abuses in the seafood industry.
As media coverage persisted, consumer concern grew — and businesses continued to demand answers. The tide was turning toward accepting social responsibility as a critical part of the seafood sustainability conversation. Kemmerly has had a front-row seat to the environmental NGO community’s sea change on the issue. By the December 2016 meeting of the Conservation Alliance for Seafood Solutions, the shift — and the opportunity — were clear.
The Aquarium helps NGOs and researchers like @ConservationOrg’s Jack Kittinger take concepts of sustainability, including social responsibility, and mainstream them for public consumption — sometimes literally. For the framework spearheaded by Kittinger that aims to end human rights abuses in the seafood industry, @montereybayaquarium is helping NGOs develop tools to help answer questions such as, “Which fishers have the highest likelihood of human rights violations based on this list of framework-drive criteria?” For more, visit stories.conservation.org #seafood#sustainable#slavery#humanrights#monterey#montereybay#montereybayaquarium
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Congratulations to @ConservationOrg's Executive Vice Chair and @Harvard alumni Dr. Russel Mittermeier, who was awarded @Harvard Graduate School of Arts and Sciences (GSAS) Centennial Medal, the highest honor GSAS bestows to alumni whose contributions to knowledge, to their disciplines, to their colleagues, and to society have made a fundamental and lasting impact. Take a look some of the species Mittermeier has discovered and places he's helped protect in his 30 years of work with @ConservationOrg at blog.conservation.org #harvard#medal#gsas#science#sciencematters#alumni#scientist
A small group of the 3,000 workers rescued by Indonesian authorities with the help of the Labour Rights Promotion Network (LPN). Lured there to work and then forced into labor on Benjina Island, they were freed in 2015.
The stories of these fishers defy belief. Mentally ill fishers who suffer physical abuse at the hands of their captors. Fishers dying en masse aboard boats from vitamin deficiencies. Men not leaving small boats for years, sometimes decades.
How does this happen? Typically, laborers from around Southeast Asia pay illegal fees to brokers to get jobs on fishing boats and seafood farms and processing plants, mostly in Thailand. The fees and their exorbitant interest rates, according to The Associated Press, cost more money than the men can ever earn. So they — literally — slave away.
A new framework, spearheaded by @ConservationOrg’s Jack Kittinger, aims to end these atrocities. Read more by following the link in our bio. #slavery#seafood#fisheries#ocean#sustainable#humanrights#conservation
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