Ocean Watch Magazine Online: Get Smart, Get Involved

There’s a lot of urgent news today about the perils that the world’s oceans are facing – plastic pollution, warming, acidification, loss of species, invasive species, overfishing, poaching – and the dismal list goes on.

Ocean Watch Magazine is an online collection of  expert articles covering conservation issues and suggesting hands-on approaches for boaters.

Ocean Watch Magazine is an online collection of expert articles covering conservation issues and suggesting hands-on approaches for boaters.

There are plenty of organizations devoted to fighting those problems, and plenty of people who donate. But there’s too often a disconnect between donating and doing. Money can help a good cause, especially when it’s used to change policies and laws. But when it comes to the harmful effects the human population is having on the environment, what’s really needed is some effort from the human population itself.

One effective organization that advocates hands-on stewardship of the ocean is Sailors for the Sea, which aims to educate and enlist the help of boaters — not just sailors, but powerboaters, kayakers, paddleboarders – anyone who loves being afloat.

The group was founded by David Rockefeller, Jr., a lifelong sailor and conservationist. and focuses its efforts in three areas – clean boating, Kids Environmental Lesson Plans (KELP), and scientific education on ocean health issues via a series of articles called Ocean Watch, written by marine biologists, oceanographers, and other experts.

Sailors for the Sea recently launched an annual Ocean Watch Magazinea collection of articles that have appeared on their main website in recent months. The range and quality of the work is excellent and, most importantly, each article includes a “Take Action” section to help readers “translate their knowledge into tangible steps that will protect the ocean.” Have a look.

Another effective operation that enlists actual people, on their feet and using their hands, is the International Coastal Cleanup, run by the Ocean Conservancy.

See you on the water. I’ll be the one with the fish net and the garbage bag.

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