Who We Are:
Carl Safina & Blue Ocean
At Blue Ocean Institute, we seek to inspire a deeper connection with nature, in everyone touched by an ocean.
Led by ocean conservation pioneer and MacArthur fellow, Dr. Carl Safina, we work to create a more knowledgeable constituency for conservation.
Through Carl’s books, articles and PBS TV series, and Blue Ocean’s educational programs and research, we show how nature, community, the economy and prospects for peace are all intertwined. More
GYRE–THE PLASTIC OCEAN:
GYRE EXHIBIT OPENS
A flip-flop discarded in Thailand finds its way to Hawaii, and a bottle cast off from a tsunami in Japan becomes Alaska’s beach litter. In a culture dependent upon the modern convenience of plastic, throwaway products of consumption are affecting oceans and shrinking our world as we all become connected through our trash.
A unique art and science exhibition at the Anchorage Museum, Gyre: The Plastic Ocean, brings the problem into perspective.
Mercury in Seafood:
Deeper Equals Higher
How is mercury in fish related to the depth they live at? This is the question a few marine scientists at the University of Hawaii started asking back in 2007.
They found that prey fish that lived at deeper depths had more mercury than those that lived at shallow depths. And deeper feeding predator fish, like swordfish and bigeye tuna, had higher mercury levels than predator fish that tend to feed only in shallow waters, like yellowfin tuna and mahi-mahi. Read on…
For mercury advice: Eating Seafood: Health Boon or Health Threat?
Check out our partner, the Gelfond Fund for Mercury Research and Outreach at Stony Brook University.