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A beach clean-up in Malaysia brings young people together to care for their coastline.

DIVE DEEPER

How You Can Help the Ocean

The threats faced by our ocean planet may seem overwhelming. In the face of pollution, climate change, overfishing, and...
Each year, thousands of local teachers join us for Smithsonian Teachers’ Night.

Learning from a Sea of Teachers

Each year, thousands of local teachers join us for Smithsonian Teachers’ Night. Credit: Smithsonian Institution On Friday, the OP Team had another great opportunity to talk face-to-face with some of the people that the...
A great white shark in the waters of the coast of Guadelupe, Mexico.

The results are in...

A great white shark in the waters of the coast of Guadelupe, Mexico. Credit: Caterina Gennaro/Marine Photobank In September, during the Sant Ocean Hall's first anniversary celebration, the Ocean Portal Team hit the museum...
Christine, the Ocean Portal Community Manager wants to hear from you. Please leave a comment, send us an email, or use the feedback module to let her know what you think of the site.

Welcome to the Ocean Portal Blog!

Christine, the Ocean Portal Community Manager wants to hear from you. Please leave a comment, send us an email, or use the feedback module to let her know what you think of the site...
A beach clean-up in Malaysia brings young people together to care for their coastline.

How You Can Help the Ocean

The threats faced by our ocean planet may seem overwhelming. In the face of pollution, climate change, overfishing, and other daunting problems, what you can do on your own may seem like a drop...
Polar bear siblings in the Churchill Wildlife Management Area near Hudson Bay spar playfully during migration.

Help us pick the next OP stars

The race is on. We need to choose the next species and ecosystem to feature on the Ocean Portal, and we’re putting it to a vote. Does the charismatic (and threatened) polar bear deserve...
Close-up photograph of the face of a blue footed booby.

You Navigate

We chose the tagline “You navigate” for the Ocean Portal in part because we really want you—the visitors to the site—to help steer the course. We hope you find your own intriguing paths to...
A diver cares for the reef by cleaning up discarded fishing gear and garbage.

Reef Rescue: Protect Coral Reefs with Your Actions

A diver cares for the reef by cleaning up discarded fishing gear and garbage. Credit: Amos Nachoum 2005/Marine Photobank Coral reefs are beautiful, vibrant ecosystems that house roughly one quarter of all marine species...

Rethink the Shark

Sharks have a long and impressive lineage. Ancient sharks were cruising the ocean 400 million year ago- long before dinosaurs roamed on land. Relatives of the great white like the giant megatooth evolved more...
A diver cares for the reef by cleaning up discarded fishing gear and garbage.

Resolve to Protect the Ocean

A diver cares for the reef by cleaning up discarded fishing gear and garbage. Credit: Amos Nachoum 2005/Marine Photobank Happy New Year! We’ve officially hit mid-January, but there is still plenty of time to...
Ruth Meadows examines specimens as part of her Teacher at Sea experience.  NOAA Teacher at Sea Ruth Meadows sorts specimens aboard the NOAA Ship Henry B. Bigelow as part of the Mid-Atlantic Ridge Ecosystem (MAR-ECO) project.

NOAA Teacher at Sea Ruth Meadows

Ruth Meadows examines specimens as part of her Teacher at Sea experience. NOAA Teacher at Sea Ruth Meadows sorts specimens aboard the NOAA Ship Henry B. Bigelow as part of the Mid-Atlantic Ridge Ecosystem...
A beach clean-up in Malaysia brings young people together to care for their coastline.

Helping Kids Help the Ocean

A beach clean-up in Malaysia brings young people together to care for their coastline. Credit: Liew Shan Sern/Marine Photobank An 11-year-old in Texas is saddened by the oil spill and begins searching for something...
Musician Sam Lardner and friends created the 14-song CD Oceans Are Talking to inspire kids and adults to help save the ocean and the creatures living in it.

Five Questions for Musician Sam Lardner

Musician Sam Lardner and friends created the 14-song CD Oceans Are Talking to inspire kids and adults to help save the ocean and the creatures living in it. Credit: Dan Mead Wherever you live—and...
Students Work on Channel Island Map Project

Back to School, Ocean Portal Style

Students participate in a map project for the Channel Islands National Marine Sanctuary. Credit: Claire Fackler, NOAA National Marine Sanctuaries At the Ocean Portal, we love the back-to-school season. There’s excitement in the air—new...
Pile of Plastic Trash

Plastic Trash Plagues the Ocean

Plastic pollution in the ocean is a serious problem. Our flotsam can choke, entangle, or kill marine life and is dangerous to humans as well. Credit: Onno Groß, DEEPWAVE Once upon a time, the...
A variety of organisms make their home on this tropical coral reef in Indonesia.

Coral Reefs Need You

A variety of organisms make their home on this tropical coral reef in Indonesia. Credit: © Chris Newbert/Minden Pictures For those of you who have had the opportunity to visit a coral reef ,...
Neighborhood Seafood Market in Rome, Italy

Seafood for Thought

A neighborhood seafood market in the Testaccio area of Rome, Italy. Credit: Oceansart.us /Marine Photobank Sunday, November 21 marks World Fisheries Day , an annual occasion observed in many fishing communities around the world...
Cut of Atlantic Salmon on a Plate

Love Salmon? Listen Up.

A beautiful cut of Atlantic salmon, a popular species among seafood lovers that is in severe decline. Credit: Flickr User Kent Wang (Creative Commons) Salmon are one of the most widely loved varieties of...
Map of the Coastal Ecosystem Learning Centers throughout North America

Teens Focus on Ocean & Climate Issues for National Summit

In 1996 the Coastal America Partnership established a network of Coastal Ecosystem Learning Centers. High school students team up with experts from the Learning Centers to study issues affecting the ocean and present their...

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