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Wider Caribbean's Marine Protected Areas (CaMPAM)
A useful database of MPAs in the Gulf of Mexico and Caribbean region. All Marine Parks are MPAs, and therefore if wanting to find out about any marine parks in the islands you are visiting, details and location can be sourced via this website. Includes Anguilla, Antigua & Barbuda, Aruba, Bahamas, Belize, BVIs, Caymans, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cuba, Curacao, DR, French Guiana, Grenada, Guadeloupe, Haiti, Honduras, Jamaica, Mexico, Netherland Antilles, Puerto Rico, Saint Lucia, St. Martin, St. Vincent & the Grenadines, Suriname, Trinidad & Tobago, Turks & Caicos, USA & Venzuela.

Citizen Science Programmes for Cruisers

Adventurers and Scientists for Conservation
ASC is dedicated to building partnerships between outdoor enthusiasts and scientists, and will match interested volunteers with an appropriate project. They have projects that are well suited to cruisers, but many for those who are still tied to land as well.

Jellywatch
Recording sightings of jellyfish and other marine organisms. Handy app. now available to make it easy to submit sightings

Sea Turtles
Founded out of a desire to support research and conservation efforts in the sea turtle community, this website offers an easy opportunity for the cruiser to give back and contribute to their database. It's also a great way to learn about issues facing the turtles, as well as forcing you to get smart about identification. Collect information on the turtles you see- get a photo if you can- and save the details about your location, and submit it online.

Sea Watch Foundation
UK cetacean research charity concerned with the collection of data on cetacean sightings throughout UK waters with the help of a network of trained voluntary observers. You can get involved too.

SeaBC Sea Bird Count
The SeaBC Sea Bird Count is a citizen science project organized by a volunteer group of nine long-distance birding sailors from around the world. The mission of SeaBC is to benefit seabird conservation by mobilizing the worldwide boating community to document ocean bird sightings, providing critical and seldom-recorded data on seabird abundance and distribution, as well as on ocean migration routes. Their facebook group allows members to request to join and then to post pictures, identification questions, share sightings and locations, etc. It's at: www.facebook.com/groups/BirdingAboard/. The website has all the latest resources (such as field guide, app, and onboard camera recommendations, resources for kids aboard, tally sheets, rally packets, and more).

Secchi Citizen Science Project
Project launched February 2013.
A global study of plankton to try and determine the productivity of the oceans and how they are being impacted by climate change. All offshore cruising sailors are asked to get involved. Read news report adjacent and find out full details on the website.

Reports

Guidance on managing garbage when cruising remote islands in the Pacific

Garbage Disposal at Sea and in the Eastern Caribbean

OceansWatch training pays off for sustainability in the Solomon Islands

Chance Encounters Between Ships and Whales

OceansWatch 2012: Our 3 Months Helping in the SW Pacific

Canaries:The ARC Forest Grows

We can all help Clean up the Med!

Balearic Islands: Be Aware of the Posidonia LIFE Project if wanting to anchor.

Sharks make their presence felt in south east Queensland

OceansWatch 2011 Work in the Solomon Islands

Antarctic Deaths - Enormous Ramifications

Yachting vs Conservationists in southwest England

California: Visiting yachts to have dye placed in holding tank

Turkey - Positive Changes Afoot for New Grey Water Regulations

50 Days Around Australia to Save our Seas

Washington, San Juan Island: Proposed No Go Zone to Protect Orca Feeding Areas

Sea of Cortez and western mainland Mexico - Calling all Cruisers

OceansWatch - Coral Saving in the South Pacific

Whale Collision Survey - You Can Help

Galàpagos - Paradise Lost

Pacific Ocean Rubbish Dump

Plastic "Soup" Floats Around North Pacific

Query About Grey Water Tanks In Turkey

New Discharge Permits To Affect Yachts

Norwegian Environmental Zero Emission Yacht

Island Nations Support Commercial Whaling

350 Pacific - Pacific Movement on Climate Change
A youth led grassroots network working with communities to fight climate change from the Pacific Islands.
Blue Sea Angels
An environmental group of sailors who promote and encourage ways in which we can go about changing our lifestyles so that we can minimize our impact on the global environment. If you are thinking about living on a boat or recycling a used boat, contact this group for free advice.
DART
DART is the Deep-ocean Assessment and Reporting of Tsunamis developed by the US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.
Gulf Oil Spill Resource
Provided by Boat Owners Association of The United States (BoatUS)
M.E.E.R. e.V.
M.E.E.R. e.V. is a non-profit association based in Berlin, Germany which runs the project M.E.E.R. La Gomera, Canary Islands. The Association’s objectives are the promotion of environmental protection through scientific research and public education, particularly concerning cetaceans and their natural habitats and the study of peaceful encounters between man, whales and dolphins.
Ocean Champions
Ocean Champions, a 501(c)(4) organization, with a connected political action committee Ocean Champions PAC, is the first national organization of its kind focused solely on oceans and ocean wildlife. Their goal is to develop a broad, bipartisan base of supporters from which to cultivate political champions for ocean conservation in the U.S. Congress and in key states. Ultimately, the aim is to create a political environment where protecting and restoring the oceans is a priority of federal and state governments.
OceansWatch
A group of Sailors who want to make a positive difference to the Oceans where they Sail and the Island Communities they visit. OceanWatches Vision is for: Healthy Oceans and Sustainable Island Communities. Their Mission is: In partnership with coastal communities to develop marine conservation plans, sustainable livelihood projects and support primary school education. Go to their website to find out how you can volunteer.
Sea Shepherd Conservation Society (SSCS)
An international non-profit, marine wildlife conservation organization working to end the destruction of habitat and slaughter of wildlife in the world's oceans in order to conserve and protect ecosystems and species. Cruisers can get involved to assist with monitoring or volunteer as crew, find out more on the website.
The Green Blue
Practical advice and information to help anyone involved with boating to think and act in an environmentally conscious way.
The Ocean Clean Up
Posted June 2014.
Boyan Slat, 19 years old, has developed a passive concept to clean the plastic out of our oceans.
World Oceans Day - June 8th
Coordinated by the The Ocean Project, this annual celebration of the body of water that links us all began in 2002 and is now officially recognized by the UN. Take part in World Oceans Day events and activities this year and help protect our ocean for the future!
cruise-aiders
If you want to put something back into the beautiful places you are cruising to, or have a specific project in a remote place that requires co-ordination assistance from a bunch of yachties, contact cruise-aiders.
www.greenboatstuff.com/
Environmentally friendly boating supplies.
www.sailorsonamission.org
All volunteer non-profit foundation committed to improving health care for children and to raising awareness for endangered oceans through sailing adventures. Sailors can sign the Blue Water Charter and agree to limit the impact of their sailing activities on the marine environment.
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