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...
Students of the Alaska SeaLife Center delegation.

Teens Take Action on the Ocean & Climate

What can students do to help the ocean? It turns out, a lot! These students from across the United States and Mexico are developing action plans on ocean and climate-related issues in their local...

Ocean Acidification in the Puget Sound

Scientists predict that ocean acidification will impact communities around the world. One of them is the Suquamish Nation , an American Indian tribe on the Puget Sound, in the Pacific Northwest. Students from the...

Climate Change and the Chesapeake Bay

Students are working with the National Aquarium in Baltimore, Md., to develop an informal education plan that will communicate information about Chesapeake Bay marsh restoration and explain the effects of climate change and sea-level...

2011 Student Summit on the Ocean & Coasts Webcast, Part 2

Recorded Feb. 15, 2011, this video from the Third Student Summit on the Ocean and Coasts includes public awareness and education presentations that were presented by delegations from the North Carolina Aquarium at Fort...

2011 Student Summit on the Ocean & Coasts Webcast, Part 3

Recorded Feb. 15, 2011, this video from the Third Student Summit on the Ocean and Coasts includes presentations that were given by delegations from the Monterey Bay Aquarium (2:30), Oregon Coast Aquarium (16:40), Texas...

2011 Student Summit on the Ocean & Coasts Webcast, Part 4

Recorded Feb. 15, 2011, this video from the Third Student Summit on the Ocean and Coasts includes presentations that were given by delegations from the Mystic Aquarium (01:00), Gulf Coast Research Laboratory & Marine...

New Findings on the Effects of Noise on Whale and Dolphin Behavior

Marine mammals around the world face many challenges due to interactions with people, from overfishing and entanglement to vessel strikes and disturbance from human sounds. Dr. Brandon Southall discusses recent findings from SOCAL‐10, a...

Climate Change Education in Coastal Carolina

What is climate change, and how is it affecting coastal Carolina? That is the question that a group teens from Isaac Bear Early College High School set out to answer for their Third National...

Make Me Care About: Phragmites (Video)

Dennis Whigham , a senior botanist at the Smithsonian Environmental Research Center , makes his quick pitch for why you should care about the wetland plant Phragmites australis . A European strain of phragmites...
A landscape photo of a shoreline with tall grass-like plants lining the water's edge.

Make Me Care About: Phragmites

Dennis Whigham , a senior botanist at the Smithsonian Environmental Research Center , makes his quick pitch for why you should care about the wetland plant Phragmites australis . A European strain of phragmites...
North Carolina Delegation students and teachers posing for a photo in front of the ocean at Bald Head Island in North Carolina

Teens Making a Difference in Your Community

The North Carolina Aquarium delegation visited Baldhead Island, a barrier island near Wilmington, N.C., to observe and learn about the effects sea-level rise firsthand for their Student Summit project. Over the past year I...
David Barouh displays fresh fish for sale at Seattle’s Pike Place Market

Sustainable Seafood Glossary of Terms

David Barouh displays fresh fish for sale at Seattle’s Pike Place Market. Credit: © Rich Frishman Aquaculture - a form of food production involving the cultivation of commercial fish and shellfish species under controlled...
Guests at Smithsonian's Natural History Museum's 2010 sustainable seafood event

Event: Demystifying Seafood

Demystifying Seafood: The Ocean and Its Bounty Thursday, June 9, 2011 at the Smithsonian's National Museum of Natural History 6:45--8:15 pm Sustainable Seafood Seminar: The Gulf and Its Seafood One Year Later 8:15--10 pm...
EPA Pick 5 for the Environment website screenshot

Earth Day 101: Students Set the Example

Looking for more Earth Day ideas? Visit the EPA’s “Pick Five for the Environment” website. For more than 40 years, Earth Day has been a day to get your hands dirty—or wet! No act...

Diver Encounters a Floating Garbage Patch

The Smithsonian Institution's Dive Officer documents a "swirling monster" of plastic trash that she encountered while diving in Belize.

Lecture: One Year After the Gulf Oil Spill

On April 20, 2010, the Deepwater Horizon oil rig exploded, opening up a well that pumped nearly 5 million barrels of oil into the ocean. It was the largest spill in U.S. history. In...

Science in a Time of Crisis: Oil Spill Pioneers

Part 1 of a 6-part series describing WHOI's efforts to understand the scope and impact of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. "Oil Spill Pioneers" describes WHOI's four decades of...

Science in a Time of Crisis: How Much Oil?

Part 2 of a 6-part series describing Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution's (WHOI) efforts to understand the scope and impact of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. "How Much Oil?" describes...

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