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On Saturday, September 16, 2017, a group of local tour operators, residents and international students came together to clean up the coast around Tromsø hosted by Pukka Travels. The goal was to clean as much shoreline as possible to reduce the trash north of Kvaløyvågen, where the whales migrate and feed during the winter. The outcome was incredible.

Aerial view of the west end of Marathon Key, Florida taken days after Hurricane Irma passed over the area.

A team of NOAA aviators have been taking aerial imagery of locations affected by Hurricane Irma. The images are a crucial tool in determining the extent of the damage inflicted by storms and flooding. Additional flights are scheduled and photos from those missions will be posted as soon as possible.

Countless products we use contain plastic, just going through a grocery list one can find that the items bought on an everyday basis are partially, if not entirely out of plastic.

Litter such as plastic detergent bottles, crates, buoys, combs, and water bottles blanket Kanapou Bay, on the Island of Kaho'olawe in Hawaii. This region is a hot-spot for marine debris accumulation. Because of its remote location, removal is difficult, resulting in beaches that look more like a landfill. Photo courtesty of the NOAA Debris Removal Program.

This is Our Home

On August 10, 6:30 p.m., after a long swim by the Maui Kaanapali Villas, I walked along the beach to the public parking lot. Adjacent to the Maui Kaanapali Villas, two girls were taking pictures of themselves while hitting golf balls out into our oceans.

 

A sea turtle named Shelley is released on 27 July 2014 from the Archie Carr National Wildlife Refuge in Melbourne Beach, Florida as part of the 2014 Tour de Turtles. Photo credit: Two-Head Video courtesy of Sea Turtle Conservancy.

Pick a winner, because the annual Tour de Turtles Migration Marathon is about to begin!

Two combat diver veterans fist bump after spearing and containing lionfish off the Cayman Islands. Still shot from Force Blue by Working Pictures.

FORCE BLUE is a dynamic initiative that gives former combat divers and Special Operations veterans a chance to learn about and explore one of the most critically endangered ecosystems on the planet and to adapt their training and teamwork to aid in its protection.

L to R: Michael T. Moore, Chairman of the International SeaKeepers Society; Wendy Schmidt, SeaKeeper of the Year; and Richard Snow, President/CEO of the International SeaKeepers Society.

The International SeaKeepers Society hosted an awards gala on June 22nd at the Bermuda Underwater Exploration Institute (BUEI) and Harbourfront Restaurant in Hamilton, Bermuda. The event honored Wendy Schmidt as the 2017 SeaKeeper of the Year for her outstanding leadership and support of the environment and ocean conservation.

Members of SCUBAnauts International, the Combat Wounded Veteran Challenge and Mote Marine Laboratory celebrate a very successful coral restoration mission on Tuesday, 27 June 2017.

Stellar scientists, hero veterans and future leaders recently planted 500 corals near Looe Key, marking the sixth year of a unique partnership involving science, conservation and restoration.

The Sawdust Art Festival has installed a new mural titled "Message in a Bottle", by anonymous artist Bandit, which was created to focus concern on the issues of pollution and its effects on the ocean and marine life. The marine life is in separate bottles as reference to the universal "SOS" message in a bottle theme. Each bottle contains different forms of marine life and symptoms of human pollution; discarded plastic bottles, loose fishing nets and equipment, plastic bags, etc.

Two major but conflicting events are happening in the Arctic today. The sea ice is melting and new shipping routes are now possible. For some, this Northern Sea route is the realization of a dream that could reshape the global economy. For others, it is part of a nightmare that refuses to end.

Scroll down to view a preview and find out how you can host a screening of this important film.

Coral reefs around the world are vanishing at an unprecedented rate. A team of divers, photographers and scientists set out on a thrilling ocean adventure to discover why and to reveal the underwater mystery to the world. Check out the trailer for the Netflix original documentary Chasing Coral, from the creators of Chasing Ice, then look below to see how you can host a screening.

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