Conservation

More than ever, the fate of the ocean is in our hands. Learn about different threats to the ocean and its organisms, successful conservation stories, and what you can do to help.

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Oil Drilling Platform in the Gulf of Mexico

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Gulf Oil Spill

The Gulf oil spill is recognized as the worst oil spill in U.S. history. Within days of the April 20, 2010 explosion and...
Fire fighting ships surround the burning Deepwater Horizon oil rig, shooting water at it to put out the flames.

The Gulf Oil Spill: Send in Your Questions

Boats trying to control the fire on the Deepwater Horizon oil rig on April 21, 2010. Credit: U.S. Coast Guard With the nuclear and humanitarian crisis in Japan, major political changes in North Africa...
An underwater photo of coral recovering from a bleaching event.

A Pleasant Surprise: The Recovery of Bleached Panamanian Corals

These corals are still in recovery after a mass bleaching in Panama, in the summer of 2010. You can see some bleaching on the tops, but the sides are looking good. Credit: Amanda Feuerstein...
A photo of plastic trash floating in the water, taken from below the surface.

Witness to a Plastic Invasion

The Smithsonian Institution's Dive Officer documents a "swirling monster" of plastic trash that she encountered while diving in Belize. It blew in for two solid days: a flotilla of plastic forks, soda bottles, rubber...
Guests at Smithsonian's Natural History Museum's 2010 sustainable seafood event

Demystifying Seafood

Guests enjoy American wines and seafood at the Smithsonian's 2010 sustainable seafood event. Learn more about this year's event, Demystifying Seafood . Credit: Emily Hayes Photography Calling all fans of Bravo's "Top Chef" reality...
Sophi Bromenshenkel poses with a hammerhead shark snow sculpture.

Saving Sharks and Dolphins, Near and Far

Shark-lover and Minnesota native Sophi Bromenshenkel poses with her hammerhead snow sculpture. The eight-year-old is one of Oceana's 2011 Ocean Heroes . Credit: Courtesy of Neil Bromenshenkel Sophi Bromenshenkel is an unlikely shark -lover...

Efforts to Protect the Critically Endangered Monk Seal

Monk seals -- the only completely tropical species of seal in the world -- are in trouble. Centuries of human exploitation and habitat destruction have caused the remaining populations of Mediterranean monk seals (...
A red and yellow gyotaku-style fish print of a flounder

Educational Uses of Gyotaku or Fish Printing

A Gyotaku flounder print helps teach students about its anatomy. Flounder like all other flatfish, have both eyes on one side of its body while the opposite side is blind. Credit: Smithsonian Institution Gyotaku...
Photo of Sylvia Earle

The JASON Project Live from the Shedd Aquarium

Dr. Sylvia Earle, National Geographic Explorer in Residence, will appear in Wednesday's live broadcast to speak about the state of our ocean in a pre-recorded segment Credit: Flickr User kk+ This week people representing...
A student helps deploy one of his school's adopted drifters for NOAA's Adopt a Drifter Program.

Celebrate Earth Day by Thinking of the Ocean

NOAA Corps Captain John Adler shows a budding ocean scientist how to deploy his school's adopted drifter. Credit: NOAA The surface of the Earth is 71% water, so we should celebrate the ocean this...

The Oil Spill, Two Years Later

Mark Dodd, a wildlife biologist from Georgia's Department of Natural Resources, surveying oiled sargassum seaweed in the Gulf of Mexico after the Deepwater Horizon oil spill in 2010. Credit: Georgia Department of Natural Resources...

Ideas for Change

"We too are sea creatures," entreats ocean explorer Sylvia Earle in this beautiful short film, which calls for protecting the ocean and, in particular, for ending destructive fishing practices. It's estimated that we've lost...

Celebrating World Oceans Day

The ocean plays an important role in our everyday lives—whether you live near the coast or not. Credit: Dennis Frates/Nature's Best Photography Those of us who can't see the ocean from our window might...

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