• Tiptoe Through the Tulips on Trash Island

    Posted: 6th November 2017 | Written by: Glynne Fletcher

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    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.
  • Charta Smeralda Signed at ONE OCEAN FORUM

    Posted: 22nd October 2017 | Written by: OnboardOnline

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    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.
  • Update from Asociación Ondine in the Balearics

    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.
  • Maiden Voyage for Mission Ocean

    Posted: 17th June 2017 | Written by: Laura Beard

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    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.
  • A Lighter Footprint on the Hop

    Posted: 28th April 2017 | Written by: Laura Beard, Mission Ocean

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    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.
  • Mission Ocean: What Goes Around, Comes Around

    Posted: 14th April 2017 | Written by: Laura Beard

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    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.
  • Mission Ocean: Stop Using Plastic Microbeads!

    Posted: 3rd February 2017 | Written by: Laura Beard

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    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?
  • Mission Ocean: Searching for the Perfect Boat

    Posted: 31st December 2016 | Written by: Laura Beard

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    Mission Ocean will be setting sail from Cannes in June 2017, to promote clean seas and take part in some exciting research projects. But to negotiate the high seas you need a trusty vessel, so the last four months have been a different kind of adventure, scouring boat ads and shipyards across Europe to find the perfect catamaran for our project.
  • The Future: Life, the Universe and Everything

    Posted: 23rd December 2016 | Written by: Shawn Engbrecht

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    I'll be honest: I wasn't sure whether or not to publish this piece. There are exceptions but, for many people, 2016 was a stinker! Smiles still abound, but when something like this comes across my desk I have to stop and think. It's grim but the sentiment is real, so I'm giving the nod to all those who want to stick two fingers up at a tough year and look ahead to new ways. After all, it's an ill wind...
  • Introducing Mission Ocean

    Posted: 3rd December 2016 | Written by: Sam Watson

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    Mission Ocean is the vision of Laura Beard and Henrique Agostinho, two dynamic yachties with a passion to promote clean oceans and an end to plastic pollution. Next year they set off on a three year voyage to promote awareness of marine pollution and we'll be sharing regular updates as their adventure unfolds. To set the scene, Laura talks about the inspiration behind Mission Ocean, and what they hope to achieve.
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