Posted: 6th February 2018 | Written by: Laura Beard
The Mission Ocean team are on a world tour in their 42 foot catamaran with the sole aim of discovering more about the seas that sustain us. During a week-long stay in the Canary Islands there was no rest for Mission Ocean. A packed schedule of school visits meant that school children up and down the island learnt more about plastic pollution and were able to share what they have witnessed living beside the Atlantic.
Posted: 2nd January 2018 | Written by: Laura Beard
The Mission Ocean team have completed their first scientific expedition in the north of Mallorca, in partnership with Asociación Ondine. The objective was to gather data on the flora and fauna between Formentor and Soller which will be presented to the authorities in a detailed report with the aim of creating new designated Marine Protected Areas. Mission Ocean and Asociación Ondine also work to educate young people about protecting the oceans.
Posted: 4th December 2017 | Written by: Christelle Holler
French Polynesia, an archipelago of 118 islands, has been subject to many conservation measures endorsed by the local government over the past 15 years. This has helped protect marine wildlife in a pollution free environment and the territory is recognised as a model for other smaller island nations in the region. But are things about to change?
Posted: 6th November 2017 | Written by: Glynne Fletcher
We as humans have an impact on the environment, a fact that we cannot get away from. It doesn’t really matter if you believe the human race is responsible for global warming or not. We need to take steps to stop using excessive resources and stop making such a mess. In the short term, we can try to minimize our footprint by making small changes, and in time these actions will become second nature.
Posted: 22nd October 2017 | Written by: OnboardOnline
From 3-4 October at the ONE OCEAN Forum in Milan, organized by the Yacht Club Costa Smeralda, scientists, NGOs, captains of industry and thought leaders came together to debate the priorities concerning the future health of our oceans. These were subsequently formalized in a code of ethics and behaviours, the Charta Smeralda, aimed at both individuals and organizations worldwide.
Posted: 15th October 2017 | Written by: Asociación Ondine
The last few months have been a busy time for Asociación Ondine. Here are some of the things we are doing to protect the oceans and reduce single-use plastic in the Balearic islands. All of this is made possible thanks to our members, volunteers and sponsors - please get in touch if you'd like to get involved.
Posted: 17th June 2017 | Written by: Laura Beard
Earlier this month, Mission Ocean sailed for the first time on the catamaran that is destined to become our HQ, a platform for oceanographic research, a center of learning to raise awareness of marine pollution, and also our home for the next three years.
Posted: 28th April 2017 | Written by: Laura Beard, Mission Ocean
I work in yacht management, and I travel A LOT. I am currently averaging four flights a week, and many of my colleagues are hopping from one side of the Atlantic, or from one hemisphere to the other, on a regular basis. It can't be avoided but, with a bit of forward planning there are lots of small changes we can make en route to reduce our impact on the environment.
Posted: 14th April 2017 | Written by: Laura Beard
The amount of trash in the ocean is increasing every moment, being ingested by fish and entering the food chain. A recent French documentary reported on a study where samples of mussels were taken from across France and Spain and the results were horrendous. Just 100g of mussels can contain up to 57 pieces of microplastic... that’s a lot of plastic for one bowl of moules frites.
Posted: 3rd February 2017 | Written by: Laura Beard
With growing concern about the health of our oceans, everyone is talking about microbeads. But what are they, and how do they end up in our oceans and lakes? How can you identify them, and what alternatives are there?