Save Our Seas

Summer 2019 - Issue 10

The Save Our Seas magazine is a visual celebration of the projects the Save Our Seas Foundation is supporting around the world. Powerful and unique imagery highlight the incredible diversity and beauty of nature, and the impact that we, humans, have on the Oceans. We thrive to produce both a reference magazine for marine conservation bonding compelling visuals and revealing content, and a driver for optimism, showcasing the ripple effect that one organisation can have in the world of ocean conservation. «In the effort to protect our oceans, the Save Our Seas Foundation funds and supports research, conservation and education projects worldwide, focusing primarily on charismatic threatened wildlife and their habitats.» Save Our Seas Foundation, Geneva, Switzerland

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With a PhD in marine ecology and an honorary Doctorate of Sciences from the University of Edinburgh, one could have forgiven Alasdair Harris for staying in academia. Instead, the founder of Blue Ventures is motivated by making marine conservation make economic sense to coastal communities. His organisation is rooted in practical approaches to empowering communities to lead locally relevant ocean protection measures. A TED and Ashoka Fellow and the 2015 Skoll Award winner for social entrepreneurship, Alasdair oversees a team of some 230 colleagues in the world’s poorest countries, where food security and economic stability underpin conservation buy-in. Ruth Leeney is the founder and director of Protect Africa’s Sawfishes, which she established in 2012 to address the lack of information about sawfish populations in low-income countries. Since then she has conducted…

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where we work

The Save Our Seas Foundation was established in 2003 with a mission to protect our oceans by funding and supporting research, conservation and education projects around the world, focusing primarily on charismatic threatened wildlife and their habitats. In that time, the foundation has sponsored over 300 projects in more than 50 countries, proudly supporting outstanding researchers, educators and conservationists who have contributed to the continued existence of more than 60 of our planet’s precious marine species. To find out more about our funded projects visit: SOSF Centres 1 D’Arros Research Centre | Seychelles 2 Shark Education Centre | Clova Mabin 3 Shark Research Center | Mahmood Shivji AFRICA ANGOLA 4 Sharks and Rays | Ana Lucia Furtado Soares SENEGAL 5 Sawfish Expedition in the Casamance River | Nigel Downing SEYCHELLES 6 Turtles | Jeanne Mortimer 7 University of Seychelles | Terence…

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The Bahamas boldly proclaimed its territorial waters a shark sanctuary in 2011, after having pronounced a ban on long-lining in 1992. Tourism underpins the island nation’s economy, generating about 60% of its gross domestic product and employing roughly 50% of its population. Shark diving contributes approximately US$114-million annually to the Bahamian economy, the majority of which is based on shark and ray tourism. With its continued stewardship and conservation measures targeted on sharks, The Bahamas, it seems, is a good place for these species. Unfortunately, the same can’t necessarily be said for their cousins the rays, or for the important mangrove habitats that act as a natural barrier against erosion and hurricanes and represent crucial nursery grounds for many species of fish – they remain unprotected to this day. Yet…

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a tribute to doc

Dr Samuel (‘Sonny’) Harvey Gruber passed away at his home with his family by his side on Thursday, 18 April 2019 at the age of 80. A true pioneer and one of the most influential figures in shark science, Dr Gruber made contributions to elasmobranch research that cannot be overstated. Called simply ‘Doc’ by most who knew him, he broke new ground in the study of sensory physiology in sharks and over the course of a career lasting more than 50 years he published over 190 peer-reviewed papers on shark biology, ecology and behaviour, greatly advancing our understanding of these enigmatic creatures. One of his greatest contributions to the field was the co-founding of the American Elasmobranch Society (AES) in 1983, along with California State University Long Beach professor Dr Don…

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1. Bimini Ameiva Pholidoscelis auberi 2. Curly-tailed Lizard Leiocephalus carinatus 3. Giant Hermit Crab Petrochirus diogenes 4. Brown Pelican Pelecanus occidentalis 5. Common Bottlenose Dolphin Tursiops truncatus 6. Magnificent Frigatebird Fregata magnificens 7. Bimini Boa Chilabothrus strigilatus fosteri 8. Great Blue Heron Ardea herodias 9. Green Sea Turtle Chelonia mydas 10. Caribbean Reef Shark Carcharhinus perezi 11. Lemon Shark Negaprion brevirostris 12. Mutton Snapper Lutjanus analis 13. Wahoo Acanthocybium solandri 14. Mahi Mahi Coryphaena hippurus 15. Tiger Shark Galeocerdo cuvier 16. Atlantic Spotted Dolphin Stenella frontalis 17. Mangrove Gray Snapper Lutjanus griseus 18. Rock Beauty Angelfish Holacanthus tricolor 19. Atlantic Bluefin Tuna Thunnus thynnus 20. Lemon Sharks (juvenile) Negaprion brevirostris 21. Great Hammerhead Shark Sphyrna mokkaran 22. Spotted Moray Eel Gymnothorax moringa 23. Spot-fin Porcupinefish Diodon hystrix 24. Shortjaw Bonefish Albula vulpes 25. Loggerhead Sea Turtle Caretta caretta 26. Bull Shark Carcharhinus leucas 27. Hogfish Lachnolaimus maximus 28. Spotted Eagle Ray Aetobatus narinari 29. Yellowtail Damselfish Microspathodon chrysurus 30.…

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how to heal the sea

One of the biggest conundrums facing us today is this: we rely on the ocean for all the services it provides for us – from the food we eat and the oxygen we breathe to the climate system that makes the earth habitable for us – and yet our collective actions threaten the health of this life-support system. It’s undeniably a challenge: to figure out how to continue using the ocean sustainably while at the same time allowing those regions to recover where ocean health has declined the most. Kurt Ingeman from the University of California (Santa Barbara), together with Jameal Samhouri and Adrian Stier, tackles this precise issue in a recent paper in Science. They interrogate why it might be that, despite more scientific insight, stronger policies and regulations, and…