Our overall goal of the Healthy Ocean Project is to create awareness around the problems that face the ocean and inspire individual action around the solutions that exist. We focus our efforts on three core issues – Marine Protected Areas, Sustainable Seafood and Marine Debris/Plastics.
There is a limit to the number of fish in the sea. Humans have been fishing the oceans for thousands of years. But over the past five decades technology has allowed us to fish farther, deeper and more efficiently than ever before. Scientists estimate that we have removed as much as 90 percent of the large predatory fish such as shark, swordfish and cod from the world’s oceans. We are fishing faster than we can replenish the stocks.
Increase public awareness and understanding of what sustainable seafood means and how to find it; and encourage everyone who eats seafood to choose wisely for the sake of ocean and their own health.
Last year, over 170 tons of trash were removed from San Francisco Bay creeks and shoreline areas on just one day. Imagine how many tons of trash still exist in the global marine environment?
There is too much trash in the ocean. It does not go away, it just breaks down into smaller pieces so that marine animals ingest the debris or become entangled in it.
Not only does ocean trash harm local wildlife like seals, sea lions, pelicans and leopard sharks; it smothers wetlands and spoils water quality.
Reduce plastic use and pollution through increased public awareness and understanding of how pervasive trash pollution – particularly single-use plastic debris – negatively impacts not only the environment, economy, and health of the San Francisco Bay Delta and all California residents, but also the global ocean and the planet itself.
Did you know about 12% of the land around the world is now under some form of protection (as national parks, world heritage sites, monuments, etc.), while less than 1% of the ocean is protected? Marine Protected Areas are regions in which human activity has been restricted in the interest of conserving the natural environment, its surrounding waters and the occupant ecosystems, and any cultural or historical resources that may require preservation or management.
Increase public awareness and understanding of marine protected areas generally. Also, to generate support for the expansion of Gulf of the Farallones National Marine Sanctuary; AND the new network of marine protected areas that have been established pursuant to the California Marine Life Protection Act (MLPA).
Dr. Sylvia Earle, America’s Cup Healthy Ocean Project Global Ambassador
John Frawley, The Bay Institute/Aquarium of the Bay, America’s Cup Healthy Ocean Project Local Committee Chairman