Ocean Life

Mission Ocean: Turning Problem Predators into Reef Resources

Posted: 2nd Jan 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... Read More

Mission Ocean: What Nature Can Teach us About Hurricane Defence

Posted: 14th Aug 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 hurric... Read More

Mission Ocean: What Nature Can Teach Us About Hurricane Defence

Posted: 2nd Aug 2018

Written by: Laura Beard

It is undeniable. Hurricanes and natural disasters are getting more frequent - and more violent - with every season. Spending time in Dominica and Martinique, we have learnt that mangroves and coral reefs are nature's flood defenc... Read More

Geert Vons, Artist & Director of Sea Shepherd Netherlands

Posted: 26th May 2018

Written by: Karen Hockney

From the moment Sea Shepherd’s Netherlands director Geert Vons and I start chatting, it’s clear that his vision for marine protection differs from the usual scientific approach. A talented artist and tattooist, designer of the ico... Read More

Mission Ocean: Dominica after Hurricane Maria

Posted: 19th Apr 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 o... Read More

Mission Ocean: Island Hopping and Beach Cleaning in the Cape Verdes

Posted: 6th Mar 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,... Read More

Gary Stokes, Sea Shepherd Asia

Posted: 1st Mar 2018

Written by: Karen Hockney

Gary Stokes is not a man to shy away from ambitious goals. The director of Sea Shepherd Asia has set himself a target of ridding Hong Kong of the shark fin trade. It’s a tall order but as someone who played a pivotal role in one o... Read More

Mission Ocean: Plastic Pollution Workshops in Tenerife

Posted: 6th Feb 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 packe... Read More

Rob Read, Sea Shepherd UK

Posted: 11th Jan 2018

Written by: Karen Hockney

When Rob Read started volunteering with Sea Shepherd a decade ago, he never dreamed that one day he would head up the UK arm of the marine conservation organisation. Since then, the former environmental scientist has led a difficu... Read More

Mission Ocean: Marine Life in Mallorca

Posted: 2nd Jan 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 wi... Read More

Marquesas Islands: A Marine Ecosystem at Stake?

Posted: 4th Dec 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 ... Read More

Captain Paul Watson, Founder Sea Shepherd - Part II

Posted: 2nd Dec 2017

Written by: Karen Hockney

To mark the 40th anniversary of Sea Shepherd, OnboardOnline chatted to founder Captain Paul Watson about the genesis of the marine conservation movement. In part II of our exclusive interview, Paul discusses his ongoing battles ag... Read More

Interview: Captain Paul Watson, Founder of Sea Shepherd

Posted: 18th Nov 2017

Written by: Karen Hockney

To mark the 40th anniversary of Sea Shepherd, OnboardOnline sat down with founder Captain Paul Watson for an exclusive interview about the genesis of the non-profit marine conservation movement and why he believes the environment ... Read More

Tiptoe Through the Tulips on Trash Island

Posted: 6th Nov 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 re... Read More

Update from Asociación Ondine in the Balearics

Posted: 15th Oct 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 memb... Read More

Maiden Voyage for Mission Ocean

Posted: 17th Jun 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 ... Read More

Captain Adam Meyerson - Sea Shepherd's MY Ocean Warrior

Posted: 3rd Jun 2017

Written by: Karen Hockney

Meeting M/Y Ocean Warrior Captain Adam Meyerson - even over a dodgy Skype connection - is something of a privilege. It’s not every day you get to interview someone whose day job is to hunt down whalers and illegal fishing craft ... Read More

A Lighter Footprint on the Hop

Posted: 28th Apr 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 b... Read More

Mission Ocean: What Goes Around, Comes Around

Posted: 14th Apr 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 ... Read More

The Story Behind the Photo: Costa Rica’s Sea Turtle Arribada

Posted: 11th Apr 2017

Written by: Christelle Holler

Three years ago, after a dive trip organized by Superyacht Private Expeditions, we decided to take the time to explore Costa Rica a little further. We had had some of our most vibrant underwater encounters in a world which seemed ... Read More

Mission Ocean: Stop Using Plastic Microbeads!

Posted: 3rd Feb 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? Read More

Mission Ocean: Searching for the Perfect Boat

Posted: 31st Dec 2016

Written by: Laura Beard

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 diff... Read More

Introducing Mission Ocean

Posted: 3rd Dec 2016

Written by: Sam Watson

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 ... Read More

Green Technologies Explored in Retrofit Three-Year Study

Posted: 22nd Apr 2015

Written by: Imtech Marine/ René Nuijten

A wide-scale industry project ‘RETROFIT’, which aimed to determine efficient methods and tools for retrofitting existing ships with green technologies, has drawn to a close after three years. Read More

Dealing With Environmental Activism at Sea

Posted: 13th Apr 2015

Written by: Allmode Security

On the 6th April 2015, activists from the environmental pressure group, Greenpeace, scaled and boarded the drilling platform, Polar Pioneer. The incident highlights some of the problems around safety and security at sea and provid... Read More

Joining an Urgent Mission to Save the Oceans

Posted: 12th Dec 2014

Written by: DY Yacht Transport

DYT Yacht Transport Partners with Ocearch. Lots of interesting vessels have been floated on and off DYT Yacht Transport’s semi-submersible ships, but none have been so intriguing as the 126-foot research vessel M/V OCEARCH, which ... Read More

The Suez Canal and The Med: Environmental concerns over expansion

Posted: 22nd Feb 2014

Written by: Daniel Shea

While many are grinning happily over news that Egypt is constructing a New Suez Canal – one that will nearly double current capacity – environmentalists have concerns. Often lost in the headlines following Egypt’s announcement in ... Read More

Sea Shepherd Removes Illegal Fishing Gear from Mediterranean Sea

Posted: 29th Oct 2019

Written by: Naomi Chadderton

Sea Shepherd is protecting the Italian Mediterranean waters of the southern Tyrrhenian Sea through a direct-action campaign against illegal fishing: Operation SISO. Ten volunteer crew onboard a catamaran and RHIB – both equipped w... Read More

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