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It’s been quiet over here at the Ocean Lorax, but not for lack of good ideas and good work that continues to go on to save the seas. Below are two recent talks by extremely talented and smart colleagues of mine—Dr. Ayana Johnson and Dr. Kristen Marhaver— that provide some food for thought when it comes to ocean conservation. Ideas such as “Ocean conservation isn’t about fish. It’s about people” and “Thinking on the big scale of societies and economies” are only two of the many shifts in perspective offered below. Dive in for some inspiration from great Women in Science.

Meanwhile, I’m continuing my focus on my book, SEX IN THE SEA.  I’m thrilled to announce that SEX IN THE SEA was selected as one of Amazon’s Best Science Books of 2016… check it out as a great holiday gift for all the water lovers, science nerds, and party-trivia fans on your holiday list this year!

Ayana Johnson discusses How to Use the Oceans without Using Them Up.




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Failure. It happens whenever you take risks. And you’ve got to take risks to innovate. A theme I heard most powerfully presented by JK Rowling at her Harvard commencement speech a few years ago. Worth watching. It’s repeated now in the light of impact investing. Check it out #SOCAP13 plenaries live stream.Then follow up with Rowling: http://ow.ly/ox4Gb

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Gearing up 4 my first SOCAP. R u attending? Don’t miss the OCEAN track and our morning breakfast talk sessions. http://ow.ly/ouCwG

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Thanks to Andy Leider for link to this fantastic article about how science journalists explain the inexplicable. Story, characters, and great analogies all in there. Simple formula, difficult execution. Inspired by those who master the craft, humbled in my own attempt to achieve it. http://ow.ly/omztl

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Working With Fishermen to Keep Them Fishing for the Future

Great news on TNC’s innovative program to help fishers continue to fish, and do so sustainably, into the future. By working with the fishery, rather than pushing against it, TNC is using novel market incentives to affect positive change from within.  Read more about the history of the program here.

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No matter where we grew up, regardless of how many times we’ve seen, swum, or sunk beneath the waves, we all share a maritime ancestry.  And no, I’m not talking about evolution’s deeper tree branches that unite us with fish. I’m talking about the deep history of humankind and its long-standing reliance on the ocean for survival.

As Matt Ridley summarizes in his piece on recent archaeological findings, “For our ancestors, the shoreline provided a far richer source of calories and protein than the interior of continents…” It was by the seaside that early human settlements settled and flourished. Just how early? Last month, archaeologists uncovered stone tools along the Channel Island dating back as far as 13,000 years. And Ridley notes that the oldest human site with evidence of sophisticated tools is a cave overlooking the sea in South Africa: age 170,000 years. This indeed is evidence of a long and extended coastal history.

Today, many people grow up and live their lives never seeing the ocean, and some, never eating anything that comes out of it. For most, the sea remains a big blue blank slate, something to fly over in a plane or watch from the safety of a white sand beach.  But what archaeologists are uncovering is a growing body of evidence that proves our heritage is one of coastal living, and helps make more direct the link between our species’ survival (and fsuccess) and the bounty of the sea.  For an ocean lover like myself, this makes sense—I have always been most at home near the sea.  But it may come as a surprise for the hordes of landlubbers that see the sea as foreign, hostile, or worst of all, unimportant.

Surely a 170,000 year relationship is something to respect and value. So the next time you take a trip to the beach, or hop a trans-oceanic flight, take a moment to gaze at that long, sinuous shoreline and give a nod to your ancient home.

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Earth's mighty oceans—photo by NASA Goddard Photo and Video

It feels appropriate that the Ocean Lorax is back up and running near the celebration of World’s Ocean Day. Amidst the doom and gloom, here is a place where the brilliant, innovative, and creative success stories are told. Stay tuned for encouraging, inspiring tales that highlight all that still remains and is worth saving…and the unlikely (and sometimes expected ) heroes who are helping to make waves for a sustainable ocean.

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