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.
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.