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Protecting the Central Arctic Ocean

Explorer Pen Hadow writes exclusively for Oceanographic about his mission to create a marine protected area in the Central Arctic Ocean. The campaign, proudly supported by Oceanographic, aims to permanently protect the international waters of the Arctic before international restrictions on commercial fishing are lifted. Pen contextualises his aims and ambitions against a personal history of Arctic adventure, including his solo and unsupported journey to the North Pole in 2003.

BIOMASS BOOM IN INDONESIA

In a remote corner of Indonesia, reefs are flourishing and shark populations are booming. As other parts of the world's ocean continue to decline - both in terms of reef health and species stocks - what makes Raja Ampat so different?

The fish that feeds the forest

British Columbia’s wild salmon population is under threat. Investigative photojournalist and local resident Tavish Campbell reveals the devastating effects imported Atlantic salmon are having on local Pacific populations. Open-net pens and poor farming practices - including the discarding of disease-ridden ‘blood water’ into wild migration routes - are affecting the health of local stocks, a food source on which many species - and the forests themselves - rely.

CREATING A CLEANER FUTURE IN GALAPAGOS

The pristine shores on which Charles Darwin landed are no more; Galapagos, like all archipelagos, has a plastic problem. But could the mapping of ocean currents help alleviate - or perhaps even solve - the problem?

Love bite

When surfer Mike Coots lost a leg in a shark attack his attitude towards sharks changed dramatically - he fell in love with them. Interviewed all over the world in the aftermath of the incident and on his return to the water as an amputee surfer, Mike now speaks with Oceanographic Magazine about the conservation campaigns he is involved in and what it was like recently returning to the ocean to freedive with tiger sharks - the species that took his leg.

SMART PHONE FISHING

Coastal communities in Mozambique rely on the ocean for food and jobs, but small-scale fisheries lack the means to create a sustainable future for both the ocean and the industry. A new app is hoping to put the power to change in the palm of fisherfolk's hands.
 

End of the line at Midway

Remote islands should be pristine environments. That is, at least, how we imagine them to be. The mid-Pacific island of Midway is about as remote as they come, but it is far from pristine. Plastics litter its beaches, carried there by ocean currents. The bodies of albatross litter its interior, small piles of plastic where their now-decomposed stomachs used to be. Chris Jordan, who spent three months on Midway filming the acclaimed Albatross, gives a compelling account of his time on the island.

behind the lens

Each issue, Oceanographic talks with one of the world’s leading ocean photographers and showcases a selection of their work. In Issue 02, we spoke with renowned conservationist Cristina Mittermeier, Co-Founder of SeaLegacy.
     

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