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Dear Friends and Fellow Citizens of the Ocean,

Wishing you health and harmony in the coming year! We want to thank you for your interest and support in 2013 and share some of the successes that have made up an amazing year for the World Ocean Observatory.

2013 Achievements & Milestones

We reached more than 1.25 million unique visitors at from some 120 countries who viewed and shared more than 10 million pages.
World Ocean Radio Weekly Broadcast Advocacy Climate
World Ocean Radio broadcast its 250th episode in late November through partners in the US, Canada, Europe, Australia, New Zealand, Hong Kong, and both coasts of Africa, reaching innumerable audiences worldwide. We distribute  World Ocean Radio through radio stations, as a podcast on ITunes, PRX, Audioport, RSS feeds, and social media connections worldwide. And we welcomed some new media partners in 2013: KKFI Community Radio 90.1 FM, Kansas City, KS; University of Pennsylvania Public Radio; WP$E FM 107.10, Penn State; South Western Africa's; East Coast Africa's; WZRD 88.3 FM, Northeastern Illinois University in Chicago and KKFI 90.1 FM, Kansas City Community Radio.

World Ocean Observer doubled its reach in 2013! Thank you to our 13,000 subscribers for sharing our monthly news with colleagues and friends, and welcome aboard to the many who found the World Ocean Observatory this year. Let's keep it going in 2014!

World Ocean Observatory YouTube Visualization
We're busily posting and blogging to our web-based partners and social media outlets: look for our weekly blog on; at LinkedIn (where we connect with more than 7,500 ocean experts and decision-makers); on Twitter; YouTube (216 film links, including our own in-house produced ocean videos;) on ocean-related listservs; through our 22 institutional subscription partners (aquariums and maritime museums;) and other web-based ocean information services which help to amplify our program reach to thousands more. And of course we're on Facebook! We post interesting stories and inspiring photos each day to a growing community currently 44,000 strong, connecting us to an even larger community.
World Ocean Observatory | Ocean Health Index
We are pleased to share that we've added new partnership features to our website: Census of Marine Life Species of the Week, Ocean Health Index Feature of the Week, and "Step Aboard!" which offers a rotating live link to research vessels at sea, expanding the reach of our exceptional ocean partners. Check out these and other home page features today.

World Ocean Observatory | The Sea Connects All Things
If we have reached millions this year, then we can reach millions more in 2014.  Watch for expansion of all the above strategies and tools in the coming year. The best way you can support us, now and always, is to spread the word: use our content, join our social media groups, forward our link, engage your family, friends, teachers, students, colleagues, community members, and strangers in what we do so that we may expand our circle of Citizens of the Ocean as far as the ocean's infinite horizon.

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Coming Up in 2014:
World Ocean Journal: An e-magazine offering a wide perspective on culture and ocean solutions through articles, photographs, interviews and art. We will be sending our first volume of World Ocean Journal  to you in early January. World Ocean Radio Global: We are at work translating episodes into French, Spanish, and Portuguese for introduction to partners in Africa and South America; and for Educators: A new app for smart phones and tablets which will focus on distance learning connections to oceanographic research scientists and ocean literacy educational projects.

Be safe and well in the coming year. Every day is ocean day. The sea connects all things...

Peter Neill, Director
Trisha Badger, Production Manager
and the World Ocean Observatory Team 

Want To Do More?
1. Take the Citizens of the Ocean Pledge today to commit to more sustainable practices for the future of our world ocean.
2. Make drastic changes in five simple steps: “5 Things You Can Do for the Ocean TODAY.”

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World Ocean Radio Holiday Episode: At the Fishhouses
Holiday Episode: At the Fishhouses
About this episode: At the close of each year, World Ocean Radio host Peter Neill reads "At The Fishhouses" by Elizabeth Bishop. This poem was chosen not only for its relevance for the New Year, but because it distills years of Bishop's seaside meditations and evokes the clarity of meaning contained in personal encounters with the world ocean.
World Ocean Radio Holiday Episode: At the Fishhouses
252: Lighthouse Projects
About this episode: In this episode of World Ocean Radio we'll discuss a number of small, local projects which apply management and sustainability concepts, conservation strategies, and infrastructure improvements, implemented by the very people the ideas and innovations are intended to serve. We will also describe the foundations and organizations which support such coastal projects.
World Ocean Radio 251: A Climate Change Refugee
251: A Climate Change Refugee
About this episode: A recent legal case involving a man from Kiribati claiming refugee status from the impacts of climate has captured world media attention. In this episode of World Ocean Radio we will discuss the case and its implication for future refugees and will argue that developed economies are the responsible perpetrators of crimes against the defenseless victims of climate change.

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

Support the World Ocean Observatory
Donations to the World Ocean Observatory support increased public awareness of ocean issues such as energy, acidification, plastic pollution, policy, governance, trade, fishing, sea level rise and extreme weather.
Support helps to underwrite the translation of World Ocean Radio into other languages for Africa, South America, Europe and elsewhere.
Donations underwrite the publication of the bi-annual World Ocean Journal.
Contributions help to fund the development of educational materials which we produce, curate and provide free of charge to educational institutions, aquariums and maritime museums around the world.

Thank you for your support!

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