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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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!
Octopuses are part of the "cephalopoda" class of mollusks, which literally means "head-foot," and they're some of the most intelligent and elusive creatures in the ocean. They have an uncanny ability to disappear into their surroundings to escape predators or to hunt for their prey, but ocean plastic pollution is threatening their habits all over the world. Inside, there are links to some awesome videos we put together that will amaze you and leave you heartbroken at the same time.
As complex of an ecosystem as the Everglades is, the history and politics of how it came to be in such a dire state may be even more complex. But there simply isn't enough room in this short post to get into all of that. Regardless of the reason, the fact remains that the Everglades need our help. So take a stand and support Everglades restoration now!
We are happy to introduce 4ocean Bali, 4ocean Haiti, and 4ocean Florida Instagram channels for Cleanup Operations! We can't wait to begin sharing more information on a regular basis about these operations, the amazing teams, all of the upgrades we are doing in these locations as well as some local stories that just make you feel good about what we are doing there. Make sure to add each one of them and stay tuned for more updates.
When one of our daily cleanup crew members from 4ocean Miami found a bird that didn't quite look right, he jumped into rescue mode and ferried the sick gull over to the Pelican Harbor Seabird Rescue Station for a little rehab and recovery. Check out the video of the story inside!
We're educating the world about a global icon: the Great Barrier Reef. Not only that, but we are also supporting a nonprofit that is out there on the front lines keeping an eye on the changes happening to the Great Barrier Reef and creating solutions for its preservation.
It's always great to get out on the water with one of our 4ocean Captains to see how it is out there on the front lines these days. We got a chance to join Captain Denise Salas and her crew to get a bit of perspective and see how they are making a difference every day.
In our Meet the Team Blog Series, we will take a look at some of the 4ocean employees cleaning up the ocean and coastlines around the world. We all know the problem of ocean plastic pollution is a complicated one, but we have people like Captain Louie out there every day tackling the problem head-on!
People around the world are becoming more and more aware that the fashion industry has a long way to go to become fully sustainable. However, when one up-and-coming fashion designer approached us to be a part of her runway show at New York's famous Fashion Week, we jumped at the chance to bring attention to recycling and sustainability in the fashion industry as well as the problem of ocean plastic pollution.
It took us almost a full year and 7 months to pull our first 1 million pounds and just a little over 7 months to pull our next 3 million pounds. Today, we celebrate the 4 millionth pound of trash pulled by our employees from the ocean and coastlines. We couldn't have done it without loyal, ocean-loving customers like you.
4ocean Bali is a testament to the drive, courage, and persistence of the individuals who work tirelessly to clean the ocean and coastlines against an onslaught of plastic and trash, inspiring the next generation to think about the future to solve the plastic pollution problems of tomorrow.
It is so important for the future of sea turtles that we research and follow them through their entire life cycle to make sure we understand the threats they face and what we can do to help them recover. In this post, we revisit the FAU Marine Research Lab to check in on their baby sea turtles from last year and the research being done to brighten their future.
When you think of the Caribbean, images of white sand beaches, palm trees, and crystal clear water are probably dancing in your head. However, there is a dark secret that you might not know about. Ocean plastic pollution is a major problem on many of the islands and 4ocean is on a mission to clean it up.
4ocean's main headquarters is located in Boca Raton, FL and is where our first community beach cleanup was held. It's also where our daily cleanup crew operations started before expanding to multiple areas in South Florida and then to Indonesia and the Caribbean soon after. To celebrate our two-year anniversary, we decided to host a cleanup right where it all began. And as far as attendance goes, it was our biggest ever!!!
4ocean attended Surf Expo 2019 in Orlando, Florida. We had a chance to exhibit and speak with many people who care deeply about the health of the ocean. The energy and feedback were incredible. It was so exciting for us to spread 4ocean's message to the masses. Check out photos from the event and ride the wave that is the clean ocean movement with us!
Kilo was found orphaned and starving on a privately owned island in Hawai’i but was released back into the wild after 7 months of care at Ke Kai Ola, the Hawaiian monk seal hospital opened by The Marine Mammal Center. Now she's the newest member of the 4ocean family!
A tropical paradise is now awash in single-use plastic and it took a realization by the local government to understand that if they wanted people from around the world to continue to flock to their island, they will need to do whatever it takes to solve their current ocean plastic problem. It doesn't hurt that two surfers had the same idea and started 4ocean which now has a full-time cleanup facility in Bali.
2018 has been an absolutely epic year for 4ocean. There is so much to be proud of and it's all because of you guys. Together we have removed over 2.5 million pounds of trash from the ocean and coastlines. Let's take a quick look back at all that was accomplished.
As we wind the clock down on 2018, we decided to take a look at how we all can achieve our New Year's Resolutions in a more sustainable way. Here is a quick recap of the 4ocean 2019 Countdown for a more sustainable you and for our precious ocean.