Ocean Currents » miami http://blog.oceanconservancy.org News, opinions, photos and facts from Ocean Conservancy Fri, 21 Apr 2017 20:52:17 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.4.2 On Location with Ocean Acidification http://blog.oceanconservancy.org/2016/11/21/on-location-with-ocean-acidification/ http://blog.oceanconservancy.org/2016/11/21/on-location-with-ocean-acidification/#comments Mon, 21 Nov 2016 21:42:51 +0000 Ryan Ono http://blog.oceanconservancy.org/?p=13377

The film crew records an exciting moment on the Miss Britt II.

Last week, two filmmakers and I went to South Florida to document how ocean acidification can touch communities, like Miami’s, that don’t depend heavily on shellfish harvests. Known for its marine life, beaches, coral reefs and sunny weather, Miami and much of Florida rely on these natural assets to drive the local fishing and tourist industry. Coral reefs are the key link, because they provide habitat for vast numbers of fish—including many of the sport fish that make Florida’s charter fishing industry a must-visit for thousands of tourists each year.

Corals live in shallow and deep waters all the way around Florida—from the Gulf of Mexico and Caribbean Sea around to the Atlantic coast. They provide nurseries for young fish, where food and protection abound. Shallow-water corals also protect Florida’s coasts from hurricane waves, and the skeletons of coral reefs from thousands of years ago create Florida’s actual bedrock. But ocean acidification doesn’t care—it’s wearing away at coral reefs new and old. Lots of coastal communities have reason for concern.

To tell this story, our team filmed some of the ocean acidification research on corals underway in the Miami area as well as the coastal businesses who depend on the healthy surrounding reefs. Scientists with the U.S. Geological Survey and the University of Miami’s Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science welcomed us into their research labs, and we went behind the scenes at Captain’s Tavern Restaurant and Seafood Market.

Filmmaker Benj Drummond isn’t interviewing the fish – he’s capturing the “ambience,” or background noise, at the Captain’s Tavern and Seafood Restaurant in Miami, Florida.

We learned how deep fishing runs as an important part of Miami’s identity. I even got to cast a few lines with Miss Britt Sportfishing Charters.

Ryan Ono fishing with Miss Britt Sportfishing. Courtesy of Ryan Ono/Ocean Conservancy.

What we did capture was the story of an ocean-centered community.  So many of the Floridians we interviewed this week described the ocean as a magnet, drawing people to the beach, the fish, the corals and even to research.

Captain Ray Rosher cleans the day’s catch.

These are tight coastal communities with a shared love for the ocean. We’re pleased to report that Florida’s deep community respect for healthy oceans and coral reefs is igniting their interest in taking action on ocean acidification. We look forward to sharing that story with you in our upcoming film!

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Innovation at the Miami Boat Show http://blog.oceanconservancy.org/2013/02/18/innovation-at-the-miami-boat-show/ http://blog.oceanconservancy.org/2013/02/18/innovation-at-the-miami-boat-show/#comments Mon, 18 Feb 2013 16:10:41 +0000 TJ Marshall http://blog.oceanconservancy.org/?p=4690  

Being a waterman who has owned boats ranging from catamarans to skiffs throughout my life, I always look forward to the Miami Boat Show — a premier event each year for those of us who love the salt life.   Thanks to the generosity of the National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA), Ocean Conservancy was granted a complimentary booth at the show to share our GoodMate “Charting a Course to Clean Water” program made possible by the Brunswick Foundation.

It was inspiring to see the advancements and mindset of the boating and salt life community toward conservation  on display throughout the show.

I particularly enjoyed meeting Al Baurley, President of Arid Dry Bilge Systems, and a native of my old haunt of Pompano Beach.  Al has created an ingenious system that filters engine fluids from a boat’s bilge water,  reducing hydrocarbon traces to 1 part per million(ppm), well below the 15ppm government standard.

Cutting edge technologies were on display as well and NMMA deserves credit with their “Innovation Awards” competition.  Torqeedo of Starnbeerg Germany was the 2013 winner with their new “Deep Blue” high powered, all-electric outboard engine.   As a fisherman who has to power almost 20 miles offshore to reach fishing grounds, the idea of saving fuel appeals to me.  As a conservationist, it’s inspiring to see a vessel that doesn’t have the same footprint as a traditional gas-powered boat on the  delicate resources of the marine environment.

Just as impressive was Lehrs propane powered outboard motor and the recycled plastic Global Dock.  Lehr received the EPA Clean Air Excellence Award for their technology and I’m glad to see the trend toward alternative fuels that are safer for the marine environment in case of accidental spillage.  Global Dock is another positive trend — complete marina designs utilizing floating dock made entirely of recycled material.

It was a ton of fun to tour the show, greet Ocean Conservancy members, cross paths with Alberto Ruiz the  International Coastal Clean Up Coordinator from Puerto Rico, get thumbs up and waves from folks concerned for our oceans and the sincere thanks many gave for what the Ocean Conservancy team does for the big blue.


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