Sea Otters: Incredibly Cute. Incredibly Important.
Sea Otters: Incredibly Cute. Incredibly Important.

by 4ocean Team September 05, 2019

When it comes to marine mammals and the cuteness factor, the beloved sea otter is definitely up there at the top of the list. However, don't let their adorable faces distract you from the fact that sea otters also play a very important role in the health of their local ecosystems. For the remaining populations around the world, the conservation of this keystone species is critical and must remain a high priority if sea otters are to survive the many challenges facing them today. Warning: Adorable Photos Inside. 

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4ocean Haiti - Log 2: What Does A Day Look Like?
4ocean Haiti - Log 2: What Does A Day Look Like?

by 4ocean Team August 29, 2019

Ever wonder what it's like to be part of a 4ocean Cleanup Crew? Well, here's your chance to spend a day in the life! Follow the 4ocean Haiti team as they prepare for the day, clean up the ocean and coastlines, and sort all the plastic and trash they find during their cleanup. It is a lot of work and we do it 7 days a week!

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UPDATE: The 4ocean Ocean Plastic Recovery Vessel
UPDATE: The 4ocean Ocean Plastic Recovery Vessel

by 4ocean Team August 26, 2019

Back in November of 2018, we were so excited about the launch of the 4ocean Ocean Plastic Recovery Vessel and totally fired up to start cleaning up massive amounts of plastic pollution from river mouths and the ocean. But, we quickly learned that she just wasn't quite ready to start her mission. So, it was back to the shipyard for some modifications. Check out all the new things we needed to get her back underway.

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4ocean Haiti - Log 1: Happy One Year!
4ocean Haiti - Log 1: Happy One Year!

by 4ocean Team August 23, 2019

When 4ocean began in January 2017, we had no idea that within a couple of years there would be 4ocean Cleanup Operations on two continents and the Caribbean. The 1-Year Anniversary of the 4ocean Haiti location passed just a short time ago so we sent our video and photography team south to capture the milestone and the ensuing celebration –– boy what a party it turned out to be! 

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Meet Our Partner: Captains For Clean Water
Meet Our Partner: Captains For Clean Water

by 4ocean Team August 21, 2019

Florida is known as the "Fishing Capital of the World," but in recent years, the world-renowned fisheries of the coastal estuaries and Everglades have been in decline as a direct result of decades of water mismanagement. To raise awareness about a unique ecosystem on the verge of collapse, we released the Everglades Bracelet in partnership with Captains For Clean Water, a nonprofit organization who's been on the front lines of the fight for the restoration of this UNESCO World Heritage Site.

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MIAMI VICE: Putting the Clink on Plastic Pollution
MIAMI VICE: Putting the Clink on Plastic Pollution

by 4ocean Team August 20, 2019

We teamed up with the Miami Police Department Marine Division and their Youth Police Explorers to clean up Pace Picnic Island in Miami's famous Biscayne Bay, which is home to many endangered species and other fish and animals that need protection from ocean plastic pollution. And, wow, wait until you see some of the things that we found during the cleanup.

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What's Wrong With The River of Grass?
What's Wrong With The River of Grass?

by 4ocean Team August 07, 2019

When most people think about the Florida Everglades, the last thing they probably think about is Disney World, EPCOT, and Universal Studios. But the reality is, just south and east of these world-famous Orlando theme parks, there is a little-known waterway called Shingle Creek winding its way behind such luxurious resorts as the Ritz Carlton, the Rosen, and JW Marriott. Surprisingly enough, this is where the water story begins –– this is where Everglades begins. And unfortunately, where the problems begin, too.

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Project AWARE® is Fighting for Sharks and the Ocean
Project AWARE® is Fighting for Sharks and the Ocean

by 4ocean Team July 28, 2019

4ocean and Project AWARE recently reunited to #DiveAgainstDebris. With more than 54,000 participants worldwide, each and every dive brings new things to the surface that don't belong in the ocean environment. The data these divers collect is placed in a database that allows scientists to study what many refer to as "Garbology." Check out the video update to see us in action!

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Meet Our Partner: Guy Harvey Ocean Foundation Tagging Whale Sharks
Meet Our Partner: Guy Harvey Ocean Foundation Tagging Whale Sharks

by 4ocean Team July 26, 2019

4ocean, in partnership with the Guy Harvey Ocean Foundation, is part of a very unique expedition to attach satellite tags to whale sharks so that their movements and behaviors can be analyzed, which will hopefully give us a better understanding of their migratory patterns and way of life.

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4ocean Helping Advance Science in the Great Pacific Garbage Patch - The Vortex Swim
4ocean Helping Advance Science in the Great Pacific Garbage Patch - The Vortex Swim

by 4ocean Team July 22, 2019

There is a man, an adventurer, an incredible athlete that is out in the middle of the Great Pacific Garbage Patch today free swimming in the vast blue expanse of the now infamous trash gyre to raise awareness about and help advance the science of plastic pollution in the ocean. This expedition is called The Vortex Swim and it is helping move the needle on the science of ocean plastic pollution. 

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Big Mouths, Tiny Plastics: Microplastics Are One of the Biggest Threats to Whale Sharks
Big Mouths, Tiny Plastics: Microplastics Are One of the Biggest Threats to Whale Sharks

by 4ocean Team July 03, 2019

Whale sharks' enormous size may deter most predators, but it doesn't protect them from ocean plastic pollution. While they're the biggest fish in the sea, whale sharks are most threatened by the tiniest plastic particles polluting the ocean: microplastic. 

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Meet Our Partner: Florida Atlantic University® Marine Research Lab
Meet Our Partner: Florida Atlantic University® Marine Research Lab

by 4ocean Team June 28, 2019

What happens from the time leatherbacks are hatchlings to the time they're adults? That's exactly what our partner, Florida Atlantic University® Marine Research Lab, is trying to find out. They're one of the only institutions in the world to successfully raise leatherback hatchlings in the lab. Here's why that matters.

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What Does it Mean to be "Ocean Positive?" SeaTrees Knows
What Does it Mean to be "Ocean Positive?" SeaTrees Knows

by 4ocean Team June 25, 2019

SeaTrees are a new concept in ocean conservation from SustainableSurf.org. These "regenerative" projects create an #OceanPositive effect because they protect and restore critical habits that sequester carbon at up to 5x's the rate of terrestrial forests. Learn more about SustainableSurf.org and what you can do to plant your first SeaTree.

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New Guinness World Record - 4ocean Helps Set the Mark for Largest Underwater Cleanup!
New Guinness World Record - 4ocean Helps Set the Mark for Largest Underwater Cleanup!

by 4ocean Team June 21, 2019

The 4ocean team hit the water in an attempt to help break the Guinness World Record for the Largest Underwater Cleanup. It was a group effort that included people from all over the world coming together for one purpose –– to clean the ocean. Having pulled thousands of pounds of trash and debris from the ocean, check inside to see just how many people it took to set the new mark.

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World Oceans Day 2019: 4ocean Taking the Big Apple by Storm and a Rockaway Beach Cleanup
World Oceans Day 2019: 4ocean Taking the Big Apple by Storm and a Rockaway Beach Cleanup

by 4ocean Team June 14, 2019

Each year we mark World Oceans Day on our calendar knowing that it's one of our biggest opportunities to reach millions of people around the world at once with our message of a cleaner ocean. This year, New York City, the United Nations, the Peace Boat, and Rockaway Beach played host to the 4ocean team for the weekend and as it turns out, World Oceans Day 2019 was an adventure beyond our wildest expectations.

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Healing with the Ocean: Crossing for a Cure with Ben Mudge
Healing with the Ocean: Crossing for a Cure with Ben Mudge

by 4ocean Team June 13, 2019

Traveling 80 miles across the Gulfstream in the Atlantic Ocean can be a daunting task in a boat. Now think about making that same crossing on a paddleboard  intimidating, right? Now imagine that you have cystic fibrosis, an inherited disorder that causes damage to your lungs as well as other organs. Do you think you could make it?

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Meet OctoGirl: Octopus Superhero
Meet OctoGirl: Octopus Superhero

by 4ocean Team June 07, 2019

For our May 2019 bracelet, we had the chance to showcase an animal that generally doesn't get a lot of attention when it comes to ocean conservation––the incredible octopus. But thanks to "Octo Girl" and her research, these animals may play an even bigger role in the future health of coral reefs and the ocean. 

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Ancient Creatures, Modern Problems: Leatherback Sea Turtles
Ancient Creatures, Modern Problems: Leatherback Sea Turtles

by 4ocean Team June 03, 2019

The leatherback sea turtle is one of the oldest living turtle species in the world, dating back to the time of dinosaurs. Their adaptations for life in the open ocean have served them well for millennia, however, the same characteristics that once helped these ancient creatures to survive are now causing them some real modern problems.

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In the News - Log 3: Plastic Around the World
In the News - Log 3: Plastic Around the World

by 4ocean Team May 23, 2019

Recent headlines have been a stark reminder that we're not just dealing with a little bit of plastic in the ocean; we are dealing with an ocean plastic pollution crisis. From some of the most remote islands in the Indian Ocean to the deepest depths of the Pacific Ocean, ocean plastic has been found. It even has the potential to affect atmospheric oxygen levels which could one day inhibit our ability to breathe. These are the latest news stories covering the ocean plastic crisis.

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Today is Endangered Species Day: Let's Act as One
Today is Endangered Species Day: Let's Act as One

by 4ocean Team May 17, 2019

Around the world, many species both on land and in the sea are facing the most important fight of their lives –– the one that could potentially be the final fight to exist on this planet. Today is Endangered Species Day and we want to recognize the peril of these iconic animals in hopes of bringing attention to their plight and call out some amazing work our non-profit partners are doing to save these creatures. 

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Meet Our Partner: Ocean Conservancy®
Meet Our Partner: Ocean Conservancy®

by 4ocean Team May 16, 2019

It was a chance meeting between a marketer and a famous musician that sparked the passion to change the future of the ocean and led to the creation of our partner organization, Ocean Conservancy®, a global force for ocean conservation. Check out some of the incredible programs they are involved in and find out who that famous musician was.

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"Raise the Reef" - A Night for Saving Coral
"Raise the Reef" - A Night for Saving Coral

by 4ocean Team May 10, 2019

In early April 2019, the 4ocean team had the pleasure of attending the Coral Restoration Foundation™ "Raise the Reef" Gala to help support the amazing work they are doing to restore and protect coral reefs in the Florida Keys and around the world. It was a night of insight and inspiration that will ultimately lead to the type of immediate action we need to save these precious underwater ecosystems for future generations.

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What Do Bake Sales and Plastic Have in Common?
What Do Bake Sales and Plastic Have in Common?

by 4ocean Team May 08, 2019

If you guessed a group of incredibly dedicated and eco-aware 5th graders from Princeton Day School in New Jersey, you'd be correct! The students discovered 4ocean on the internet and began to research exactly what it is that we do. See how our inspiration is helping them raise awareness about the ocean plastic pollution crisis and how their effort has grown into something even bigger!

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In the News - Log 2: Plastic Around the World
In the News - Log 2: Plastic Around the World

by 4ocean Team May 06, 2019

We take a trip around the world and pull some of the stories making headlines with regards to ocean plastic pollution. Our goal is to show you just how pervasive the problem is and to highlight all the different storylines that this problem produces every day. From the UK to Siesta Key, FL the plastic crisis hits home and its up to us to help stop it at the source.

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