June 2010 E-Current
|In this Issue: New CORAL Videos • Logo Design Contest • The Danger of Offshore Drilling • Coral Protection Helps Fisheries|
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Today is World Oceans Day—a time when organizations and individuals around the world celebrate and marvel at the wonder of our underwater world. With the recent events in the Gulf of Mexico, we are reminded of just how fragile our ocean ecosystem is and why it is critical that we work together to protect it. Today is an opportunity to foster greater awareness about marine conservation issues and enact positive changes that will ensure the health of our oceans for generations to come.
In the spirit of World Oceans Day, I am delighted to share with you two new inspirational videos that tell the story of CORAL’s mission and the impact we are having in our effort to unite communities to save coral reefs.
The two short videos feature legendary oceanographer Dr. Sylvia Earle and will take you on a visual journey underwater and on land where you will learn about our community approach, field program initiatives, and the underlying urgency behind our work. I invite you to experience the videos yourself on our website. We will distribute them to a large audience and encourage you to do the same.
Also in this edition of E-Current, learn about CORAL’s logo design contest for West Hawaii’s voluntary standards for marine tourism, take action on the Gulf oil spill, and find exciting new evidence supporting the protection of coral reefs in marine protected areas.
In closing, Happy World Oceans Day! Thank you for your continued support, which makes our work possible.
* Photo Credits and Notes:
Banner Photo: Ribboned Sweetlips (Plectorhinchus polytaenia), West Papua, Indonesia
Photographer: Jeff Yonover
Large Center Photo: Still from a new CORAL video
Credit: The new CORAL videos were produced by Bay Package Productions, and were made possible by the generosity of Rena Bransten, John DeBorde, Sylvia Earle, Rod Fujita, and the Hellman Family.
Left Side Photo: Pygmy Seahorse (Hippocampus bargibanti), Indonesia
Photographer: Doug Richardson
Oil Spill Thumbnail Photo: Controlled burns in the Gulf of Mexico
Photographer: Chief Petty Officer John Kepsimelis of the U.S. Coast Guard
Fishing Thumbnail: Traditional fishing harvest in Papua New Guinea
Photographer: ARC Centre of Excellence/Marine Photobank