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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.

This week’s featured video comes to us from Dispatches from the Gulf. If you haven’t seen their feature documentary showing how scientists confront the challenges of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill, seek it out (link under video).

The amazing colors featured in the video are not enhanced in any way.

The ocean ecosystems face tremendous pressure from human impact on the planet. The previous four years have been particularly devastating for coral reefs around the Indo-Pacific region. Hundreds of millions of people depend on coral reefs for food, shelter, tourism, and a healthy lifestyle.

What started as a small, daylong gathering in 2001 is now Capitol Hill Ocean Week® (CHOW), the nation’s premier annual conference examining current marine, coastal and Great Lakes policy issues.

The Marine Technology Society has announced the Marine Industry Mentoring Program (MIMP), an online platform designed to connect MTS members and provide the next generation of marine scientists and technologists with

  • industry and subject-matter knowledge;
  • career and networking guidance, and;
  • collaborative opportunities on projects.

Mentees will have the opportunity to further their professional development and receive technical and managerial guidance while making valuable contacts within the marine industry. Mentors will be able to hone their skills in coaching and counseling, receiving a tremendous sense of fulfillment by giving back to the community in a profound way.

How it works

CLICK HERE TO SIGN UP

Signing up is easy! Simply click on the link above to launch the MIMP Portal and complete your Mentee or Mentor profile. Mentor profiles are reviewed prior to becoming searchable to prospective Mentees, who can search for available Mentors based on their mentoring needs. Prospective Mentees can then submit an engagement request to the Mentor(s) of their choice. If the request is approved by the Mentor, the mentorship begins by whichever means of communication the Mentor and Mentee agree on.

Mentors and Mentees are encouraged to fill out and exchange a Mentoring Action Plan to help stay on task.

Eligibility

All participants in the MIMP must be 18 years of age or older and MTS members in good standing. Mentors must have worked in the maritime industry for at least 10 years. Mentees must be in the first 3 to 5 years of their careers, or currently searching for a maritime career. By participating in the MIMP, you agree to the MTS Terms of Use.

Mentoring Resources: Questions for Building Connections

Follow the link below to read some potential questions you can use to get better acquainted with your mentor during the kickoff meeting and throughout the course of your mentoring relationship.

Question Ideas

About ecoCURRENTS

ecoCURRENTS is a joint initiative between ECO and select universities that benefits science students by recruiting them to summarize the latest marine science research and providing them with published bylines. We also cover items of interest to environmental practitioners, such as citizen science, community engagement, the arts, and human-interest stories.

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