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An Exciting Week for Ocean Conservation

This is an exciting time for the National Aquarium to be stepping up its engagement in the ocean conservation arena.  We are fortunate to be a part of several special events this month calling national and international attention to some very important issues.

National Aquarium is proud to have sponsored and be participating in Capitol Hill Ocean Week 2014, an event that promotes dialogue among all sectors of the ocean community and with the public around critical current issues. After three days of inspiring conversation, we look forward to being a part of the next steps as we help improve ocean health, protect special ocean places, ensure sustainable fisheries and plan for new uses like renewable energy production.  We applaud our partners at the National Marine Sanctuary Foundation for hosting another great ocean conservation event.

The momentum continues, and I am pleased to have been invited to represent the National Aquarium at the Department of State’s Our Ocean Conference next week. More than ever, our ocean conservation challenges require work at the international scale.  Protecting ocean health, managing migratory fish stocks and ensuring sustainable fisheries increasingly require coordination among countries and local communities around the globe.

Focused on the key pillars of Sustainable Fisheries, Marine Pollution, and Ocean Acidification, the conference will convene an international audience around pressing environmental issues.  Many of these same issues are also at the forefront of the National Aquarium’s conservation priorities.  This meeting of the minds aims to develop innovative solutions to some of the oceans’ biggest problems.

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To highlight the forward-thinking solutions being sought, the event kicks-off this weekend with a Fishackathon.  Along with three other sites across the US, National Aquarium will convene hackers, coders, and other IT specialists to work on solutions to fisheries management problems in developing countries.  We are delighted to be a host site to facilitate the use of modern technology to address sustainable fishery issues in this new and exciting way.

I will not be the only National Aquarium presence at Our Oceans Conference – volunteer youth from our Climate Change Interpreters high school program will be assisting NOAA staff at the Science on a Sphere station in the expo hall.  Delegates from around the world will be able to learn how the National Aquarium uses this technology to engage our guests in active and solution-focused conversations around climate change.  In the past four years over 350 high school volunteers have become skilled in these communication techniques.  We are proud to have these outstanding young people represent our organization!

The Our Ocean Conference may be by invitation only, but engaging in ocean conservation is not.   Make your voice heard through social media campaigns or public comments on environmental legislation.  Or, take direct action by pledging to make a change in the things that each of us does daily in support of our oceans.  Volunteering for a a local conservation project, energy conservation, Bay friendly landscaping and wise seafood choices are just a few of the things each of us can do to support conservation of our oceans. To learn more about opportunities to take action, click here 

Eric-Schwaab

 

 

 

Join Our First-Ever Fishackathon!

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Calling all coders, engineers, designers and problem solvers!

We need YOU to help create solutions for some of the sustainability challenges that threaten the health of our ocean and the life it sustains.

On June 13th, the National Aquarium will host its first-ever hackathon, in partnership with the Department of State! Participants will be granted behind-the-scenes access to our exhibits and provided ample snacks and caffeine throughout the night – all in the name of inspired code!

Prizes for best solution include cash prizes of $1,000, $5,000 and a trip to the Philippines!

In addition to our event here in Baltimore, four other hackathons will be occurring simultaneously, in Silicon Valley, Boston, New York City and Miami, as part of the State Department’s inaugural Our Oceans Conference.

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Why #CodeforFish?

In many developing countries, independent fishermen and small fisheries are essential parts of the economy and food source.

Did you know? Fifty percent of fish caught for human consumption come from small-scale fisheries.

Overfishing and the degradation of aquatic habitats are causing these fishermen to struggle to keep up with industrial competition and support their community’s food supply.

To help address some of these challenges, the U.S. Department of State has launched a new initiative called mFish: Empowering the sustainable fishery ecosystem. The goal of mFish is to use mobile phone applications to bring real-time updates, catch reports, and fishery monitoring to fishermen in developing countries.

The nationwide Fishackathon initiative aims to support the creation of applications and solutions for fishermen to use on mFish and other platforms!

To RSVP to our Fishackathon, click here.

 

 

 

 


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