All About The Ocean

I’m very excited to spend some quality time with the ocean this weekend. Well, as long as it doesn’t rain, but I certainly won’t complain if it does. California is in desperate need and so is my car.

Assuming all goes to plan, I will be joining the Surfrider Foundation for their beach cleanup in Santa Monica on Saturday morning. If you’re in the area and want to go, you can get more information and RSVP on their Facebook event page. There are always clean ups happening all across the nation, not only at beaches, but lakes and rivers as well. Just check the Surfrider website to locate a chapter near you.

On Sunday, I will be heading out on a boat trip with LA Waterkeeper’s MPA (Marine Protected Area) Watch, to survey the Point Dume area off the coast of Malibu. We will be collecting data on boating and fishing activity. I hope to learn more about these protected areas and how we are impacting them. Look out for a post on my experience later this week.

What sparked this sudden interest?
A lady by the name of Sylvia Earle. If you haven’t watched ‘Mission Blue’ on Netflix, I highly recommend you take the time this weekend. The documentary is about her life, her commitment and passion for exploring and saving the world’s oceans. I never really felt connected to the ocean before, but watching the film was like seeing it through her eyes.

Even though she’s witnessed the impact of humans on the oceans, from overfishing to the disappearance of coral reefs, I admire her ability to remain positive and dedicated to protecting her “hope spots”. We can’t all do what she does, but we can each help in our own way. Beach cleanups and volunteering is one way of contributing, what are some other ways? Comment below.

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