Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument

Photo: Karen Bryan/Hawai’i Institute of Marine Biology, Reef fish Spotlight on Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument, a mixed World Heritage Site and the world’s largest fully protected marine protected area. Size: Larger than the Gulf of Mexico and just smaller than the State of Alaska. The site is co-managed by federal and state agencies, and Indigenous …

UN Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development

Photo: Henrik Johansson, Great Ocean Road The United Nations has proclaimed a Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development (2021-2030) to support efforts to reverse the cycle of decline in ocean health and gather ocean stakeholders worldwide behind a common framework that will ensure ocean science can fully support countries in creating improved conditions for …

Whales

Photo: Newport Experts say that whale-watching has become a billion-dollar enterprise and a wildlife tourism success story. The migration of the largest animals on the planet is a sight to behold. For travelers, seeing the same species, perhaps even the same animal, is quite a different experience depending on where you go. Happy whale-watching wherever …

World Oceans Day

Poster June 8 is World Oceans Day. Hashtags: #WorldOceansDay, #DíaMundialDeLosOcéanos, #SaveOurOcean Translating: World Oceans DaySpanish: Día Mundial de los OcéanosFrench: Journée mondiale des océansGerman: Weltmeertag About the DayWorld Oceans Day is celebrated every June 8. It has been celebrated unofficially since its original proposal in 1992 by Canada’s International Centre for Ocean Development (ICOD) and …

Ocean

Photo: NASA Goddard Space Flight Center In a sense, there is only one ocean covering 72% of the planet. One planet, one ocean. That said five oceanic divisions are usually reckoned: Pacific, Atlantic, Indian, Arctic, and Southern; the last two listed are sometimes consolidated into the first three. What’s most important to note is that …

Ocean Links

Photo: Henrikj Links related to the ocean presented in a somewhat random fashion: HeadlinesThe rice of the sea: how a tiny grain could change the way humanity eats Ocean-Climate Ambition SummitHashtag: #OceanClimateAction oceanclimateambition.org – youtube EventsJune 8 World Oceans Dayhttps://twitter.com/worldoceansday Ocean Conferencehttps://oceanconference.un.orghttps://oceanconference.un.org/documents Resolutions and decisions A/RES/70/226 – United Nations Conference to Support the Implementation of …

Wild Ocean

Photo As part of our series focusing on biodiversity and wildlife, Planeta.com spotlights issues and questions of importance relevant to marine wildlife and the wild ocean. In a sense, there is only one ocean covering 72% of the planet. One planet, one ocean. That said five oceanic divisions are usually reckoned: Pacific, Atlantic, Indian, Arctic, …

Atlantic Ocean

Photo: NASA Goddard, Earth The Atlantic Ocean occupies an elongated, S-shaped basin extending longitudinally between Eurasia and Africa to the east, and the Americas to the west. The Atlantic Ocean is the second largest of the world’s oceans with a total area of about 106,460,000 square kilometers (41,100,000 sq mi). It covers approximately 20 percent of …

Pacific Ocean

Photo: GSFC Wikipedia: The Pacific Ocean is the largest and deepest of Earth’s oceanic divisions. It extends from the Arctic Ocean in the north to the Southern Ocean (or, depending on definition, to Antarctica) in the south and is bounded by Asia and Australia in the west and the Americas in the east. At 165,250,000 …