Posted: 30th August 2019 | Written by: Laura Beard
The shipyard in Shelter Bay, where we hauled out Contigo for a well-needed bottom scrub and some urgent repairs, was literally in the middle of the jungle. For miles there is nothing but thick forest from which howler monkeys complain loudly every time it starts to rain. Crocodiles cruise up and down the docks, anteaters creep across tree branches, and iguanas take a dip at the dinghy dock to cool off.
Posted: 18th September 2019 | Written by: Naomi Chadderton
AMAALA, the world-class resort destination being developed on the Red Sea in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, is set to sign an environmental partnership with the Prince Albert II Foundation, the Centre Scientifique de Monaco and Oceanographic Institute during Monaco Yacht Show, with the goal to preserve and protect the marine environment.
Posted: 16th September 2019 | Written by: Naomi Chadderton
More than two weeks after Hurricane Dorian hit Grand Bahamas and the Abaco Islands, relief efforts are still in full swing, with a number of yachts making their way over to the devastated country daily with aid and supplies to help the thousands who have lost not only their homes, but their livelihoods.
Posted: 18th April 2019 | Written by: Nautilus International
Seafarers often complain about the problems of noise onboard ships, especially in terms of sleep disturbance, while the detrimental effects of noise pollution on marine life cannot be overstated. New research raises hopes that a fresh wave of regulatory requirements could be on the horizon.
Posted: 2nd January 2019 | Written by: Laura Beard
The non-native lionfish has become a big problem in the Caribbean, where it has no natural predators. Able to reproduce every 4 days, the fish has overrun local populations. Its spines discourage human hands but Mission Ocean came across an intervention in Bequia to teach locals to safely trap and prepare the fish, turning the pest into a tasty resource.
Posted: 14th August 2018 | Written by: Laura Beard
It is undeniable. Hurricanes and natural disasters are getting more frequent – and more violent – with every season that passes. Loss of life and material damage are growing, with an estimated 1.35 million deaths related to hurricanes, floods, landslides and earthquakes worldwide between 1996 and 2015, and billions of dollars of property lost.
Posted: 19th April 2018 | Written by: Laura Beard
Sitting between Martinique and Guadeloupe, Dominica is one of the lesser-known Caribbean islands, popular with hikers, nature-lovers and bird-watchers due to its lush volcanic landscapes. Mission Ocean had always planned to stop over there, but the hurricanes in 2017 gave the visit a very different meaning.
Posted: 6th March 2018 | Written by: Laura Beard
Mission Ocean spent about a month in the Cape Verdes (including Christmas and the New Year), hopping from island to island with our two volunteer crew members. If you’ve never visited this archipelago off the west coast of Africa, we recommend a visit. The scenery is stunning and varied – from lush green volcanoes for hiking, to flat sandy islands perfect for kite-surfing – and we saw plenty of yachts and merchant navy vessels happily sitting in port and at anchor.
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.