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Friday Ocean Roundup

May 15, 2009

The Center for Ocean Solutions reports on its Pacific Ocean Initiative, an initiative bringing together over 300 scientists from over 30 countris to develop a consensus statement on the major threats facing the Pacific Ocean. In the consensus statement, the scientists warn that if left unchecked, the cumulative impacts of overfishing, pollution and habitat destruction—exacerbated by climate change—could have devastating consequences for coastal economies, food supplies, public health and political stability.

The Razorfish Ocean Project is a new blog set up granting 2009 TED prize winner Sylvia Earle’s wich to save the ocean.

Ocean rower and advocate Roz Savage is just nine days away from resuming her solo row across the Pacific Ocean to raise awareness of Ocean issues. In nine days she’ll depart Honolulu, Hawaii for Tavalu. Follow her updates on RozSavage.com.

A land-based awareness journey is also underway in the form of Junk Ride 2009. The Algalita Marine Research Foundation’s education team,Marcus Eriksen and Anna Cummins, is traveling by bicycle  from Vancouver, Canada to Tijuana, Mexico.  Along the 2000 mile coastal route samples of plastic debris collected from the North Pacific Subtropical Gyre will be given to legislators, educators and organizations–sharing Algalita’s research and education programs with 1000’s of people.  The 10 week cycling/speaking tour began on April 4th and end on June 25th 2009. Check their progress and reports on their site.

Lastly, I’m hoping to make the last edits and finishing touches on my Plastic Bottles and Ocean Pollution presentation this weekend. After that I’ll be actively contacting web sites and blogs to share the presentation. I’ll post the latest version here when it’s finished and anyone interested in using it is welcome to use it on their website or blog.

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