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"I promise you [the blue marble] works. Over and over again, I can see a person’s attention captured, a new idea of the ocean amplified and revalued, an innate curiosity peaked in the questions that follow. I leave the marble behind, as a gift and reminder that by its transfer my new ocean friend accepts an obligation to become a “citizen of the ocean” and to share responsibility for the ocean future. ..." ~ From World Ocean Radio 235: Blue Marble

World Ocean Radio in August

World Ocean Radio 237: Citizen Science
237: Citizen Science
About this episode: "Citizen Science" is a relatively new term used to describe non-specialist research carried out by pioneering teams of private individuals, foundations and organizations utilizing the power of the internet to collaborate around the globe. In this episode of World Ocean Radio we'll outline a number of innovative projects and a way in which anyone can collect data and conduct research using sophisticated yet affordable submersible equipment. We'll also suggest that the ever-increasing interest in robotics amongst students young and old offers real potential for future ocean science.

World Ocean Radio 236: Ocean Light
236: Ocean Light
About this episode: In this episode of World Ocean Radio we'll offer an observation on the essential nature and power of light in our lives. We'll suggest that the light nearest the shore is different than any other, and that the variety of light on or near the ocean is an essential element of the sea experience, with the redemptive power to liberate and heal.

World Ocean Radio 235: Blue Marble
235: Blue Marble
About this episode: The ocean is complicated and diverse. Yet thanks to peripatetic ocean advocate Wallace J. Nichols, the blue marble has become a symbol for better understanding the ocean as an essential element in our lives. In this episode of World Ocean Radio we'll share our practice of carrying blue marbles with us wherever we go, gifting them to new friends, thereby developing an understanding that an acceptance of the blue marble creates a shared responsibility for the ocean future.

You can carry blue marbles, too. Check out the Blue Marbles Project today.

World Ocean Radio 234: The Plastisphere
234: The Plastisphere
About this episode: Recent studies by a collaboration of research scientists, institutions and vessels have discovered a new ecological habitat: microbes colonizing and thriving on reefs of plastic that pollute our ocean. In this episode of World Ocean Radio we'll share some of the findings and analysis of the myriad microorganisms discovered there and the complex, synergistic relationships that are developing in these vast new floating mats of disintegrating plastic and chemicals.

World Ocean Radio 233: Russia in the Ocean World
233: Russia in the Ocean World
About this episode: Russia's global maritime presence is changing. In this episode of World Ocean Radio we'll discuss inter-regional trade on the Baltic, a seeming lack of cooperation to EU proposed guidelines to limit nitrogen and phosphorous loads, and recent headlines which decry Russia's opposition to proposals that would protect the Ross Sea and East Antarctica. Their actions are seen as a stall to progress and a blow to international cooperation and goodwill.

About World Ocean Radio: Peter Neill, Director of the World Ocean Observatory and host of World Ocean Radio, provides coverage of a broad spectrum of ocean issues from science and education to advocacy and exemplary projects. World Ocean Radio is a weekly series of five-minute audio essays available for syndicated use at no cost by community radio stations worldwide. You may also subscribe to the weekly podcast on ITunes or find us on, and at

Learn more about becoming a CITIZEN OF THE OCEAN today!

Special Second Quarter 2013 Report

News Flash! We have a SPECIAL REPORT of the World Ocean Observer available for your review. 2013 has been a busy and fulfilling year for the World Ocean Observatory and we have a number of accomplishments that we'd like to share. In the first half of the year we've developed new site features and launched a successful social media ad campaign, both of which have expanded our global reach, presented some new partnership opportunities, and increased our global audience. We pledge to continue to work toward building a global audience of advocates for science-based, socially-driven ocean sustainability; to advance a comprehensive web-based source for ocean information, educational service, and public discourse; and to enhance our financial sustainability so that we're here far into the future fighting for the health of the world ocean. Thank YOU for your support!
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Photo: American photographer Doug Perrine captured this priceless image of a false killer whale mid-grin off the coast of Kona, Hawaii. Doug Perrine | Hotspot Media

Sailors for the Sea
Five Innovative "Citizen Science" Initiatives

"Citizen Science" is a relatively new term used to describe non-specialist research carried out by pioneering teams of private individuals, foundations and organizations collaborating around the globe. In this month's feature well describe five such projects mentioned in World Ocean Radio episode 237: Citizen Science.
1. R/V Falkor | The Schmidt Ocean Institute
Privately owned and funded, R/V Falkor supports oceanographic research projects which "expand the understanding of the world's oceans through technological advancements, intelligent observation and analysis, and open sharing of information.” The Schmidt Ocean Institute is a positive new opportunity for individual scientists to access the deep ocean beyond the other, more conventional means.

Sailors for the Sea
2. Sailors for the Sea
Sailors for the Sea is an organization of yachtsman with private vessels on international voyages interested in using those passages to gather data and provide similar scientific research. In certain cases, these sailors have made major contributions to science and public awareness  through articles, lectures, films, social media, and connections to a network of classrooms.

Rosalia Project for a Clean Ocean
3. Rosalia Project for a Clean Ocean
Rosalia Project is dedicated to catalyzing a force of people to work together to pick up marine debris through beach clean-ups and local action to reduce use of plastics and other non-biodegradable items that find their way into the ocean. Their current voyage, Mission Atlantic, is a sailing expedition aboard American Promise, a 70-foot yacht to clean the ocean of marine debris through action, technology, education, and research.
OpenROV is a do-it-yourself community of people working together to create accessible, affordable and inspiring tools for underwater exploration. They are a group of amateur and professional remote operated vehicle (ROV) builders and operators from over 50 countries who have a passion for exploring the deep by designing and constructing wireless, autonomous underwater vehicles.

MATE Marine Advanced Technology Education Underwater Robotics Competition
5. Marine Advanced Technology Education (MATE)
Underwater Robotics Competition

At the recent MATE Center’s annual student underwater robotics competition in California, 50 teams from middle and high schools, home schooling, community colleges, universities, and after-school clubs from around the globe competed to design and build underwater robots associated with the operation and maintenance of ocean observing systems.
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