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About Erin Spencer

Erin is a Digital Outreach Coordinator at Ocean Conservancy, based in Washington, D.C. Erin’s passion is using photography, writing and social media to inspire people to participate in conservation projects, particularly those relating to the spread of invasive species. Much of her work has focused on local responses to invasive lionfish in the Florida Keys and Caribbean. Follow Erin on Twitter @etspencer and on her website, www.invasivespeciesinitiative.com.

Ocean Trash: It’s Not OK

Posted On February 21, 2017 by

“It’s not ok to destroy our ocean. It’s not one person’s problem. It’s everyone’s problem.” — Kelly Slater, world champion surfer and Outerknown founder

Kelly Slater knows something about a healthy ocean. As an 11-time World Surf League Champion, Slater has spent countless hours in marine environments all over the world and seen how beautiful—and damaged—the ocean can be. He has seen first-hand the massive amounts of marine debris and plastic that end up in our ocean, threatening wildlife from whales to plankton. And that, says Slater, is not OK.

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5 Things You Probably Didn’t Know About Whales

Posted On February 18, 2017 by

There’s no question that whales are some of the most iconic animals in the sea. From the massive blue whale to the quirky narwhal, these charismatic mammals have captivated people for centuries.

For World Whale Day, we’re taking a moment to celebrate the ocean’s most recognizable residents with five little-known facts about whales.

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5 Fascinating Seabirds

Posted On January 5, 2017 by

When it comes to iconic ocean animals, seabirds are often overlooked. But seabirds, or birds that make their living primarily from the ocean, are a crucial part of marine ecosystems. From the tiny least storm petrel to the massive wandering albatross, seabirds consume an estimated 7% of ocean productivity and are an important food source for marine and terrestrial predators.

In honor of National Bird Day, we’re taking a moment to celebrate five fascinating seabirds.

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Congresswoman Bonamici Delivers Optimism for Our Ocean

Posted On December 12, 2016 by

In the month since the election, I have had so many questions. What will it be like to work at an ocean nonprofit under the new Administration? Will we be able to move forward towards sustainable ocean policies or will we spend the next few years fighting? Or both? We simply don’t have the answers right now.

A conversation with Congresswoman Suzanne Bonamici (OR-1), who came to speak at Ocean Conservancy last week, left me more optimistic than I have felt in quite a while.

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Happy Kids, Happy Ocean

Posted On November 30, 2016 by

There’s no doubt about it: ocean plastic pollution is a big problem. An estimated eight million metric tons of plastic waste flow from land into the ocean every year, meaning that by 2025 there could be one ton of plastic for every three tons of fish! And there’s much more to the problem than floating bags, bottles and fishing nets—as many as 51 trillion pieces of microplastic (plastic pieces less than five mm) now circulate in the ocean.

Ocean Conservancy has been fighting back against ocean plastic pollution for the past 30 years. Fortunately, we’re not the only ones worried about ocean plastic pollution. Our corporate partners are helping to bring attention to this immense problem.

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5 Weird Facts about Sea Turtles

Posted On October 21, 2016 by

It’s no surprise that sea turtles are some of the most iconic and lovable animals in the ocean. To celebrate Reptile Awareness Day, we’re pulling out some of the strangest facts about these enchanting vertebrates. Brush up on your turtle trivia with the five fun facts below!

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