The Legacy Navigator: October 2012
In this Issue:
- Global Ocean Legacy Book
- Bermuda's Environmental Legacy
- Exploring New Zealand's Remote Ocean Wildness
- Polynesian Connections—Kermadec Art Exhibition on Easter Island
- In Case You Missed It …
As we move into autumn in the Northern Hemisphere and spring in the Southern Hemisphere, I can't help but reflect on the changing seasons. In Alaska this change comes early and peaks in October, with decreasing sunlight, increasing rainfall and beautiful misty fog that envelope the surrounding mountains, with all-too-rare breaks in the weather to reveal newly snow-dusted peaks.
Just as the Juneau weather is in almost constant flux this time of year, Global Ocean Legacy is too. With six active campaigns in various stages of engagement and evolution, it's a great time of year to reflect on where we've been and where we're heading.
By the time you read this, the second consultation for the Coral Sea Marine National Park will have ended, and just as during the first round earlier this year, thousands of people will have submitted messages calling for even greater protection of the Coral Sea. We expect the Australian government to make its final proclamation of the reserve by the end of the year.
In New Zealand, students, researchers, business leaders, and government officials just returned from a Pew Environment Group-supported voyage to the Kermadec Islands. The group experienced this special area firsthand, and learned why it is worthy of greater protection.
We also recently sponsored a Polynesian exchange that brought New Zealand Māori and Kermadec artists to visit and share conversation with counterparts on Easter Island, or Rapa Nui as the island, its indigenous people, and their language are known.
These are just some of the recent activities we've undertaken in pursuit of creating the first generation of the world's great marine parks. And with each successive newsletter (now available in French and Spanish), we continue to enjoy sharing with you the many highlights from our campaigns as they continue to evolve.
Director, Global Ocean Legacy
Pew Environment Group
Global Ocean Legacy Book
Last month we unveiled a new 20-page booklet, Global Ocean Legacy: Marine Conservation for a New Century. This publication details the need for large, highly protected marine reserves and the evolution of our program, which was launched by the Pew Environment Group in 2006 and is designed to meet this need. Through our efforts, we hope to establish up to 15 oceanic-scale no-take marine reserves by 2022.
Read the entire book below.
Throughout its history, Bermuda has taken bold measures to protect its unique environment. When important habitats or species have been threatened, Bermudians have had the foresight to protect them through conservation and restoration.
Recently Global Ocean Legacy's Blue Halo campaign chronicled Bermuda's impressive environmental history by releasing a brochure highlighting these conservation achievements.
The next step in expanding Bermuda's continued environmental legacy could be creation of the Blue Halo marine reserve. The Blue Halo will help ensure the island's nearshore fish stocks remain abundant, enhance Bermuda's reputation internationally as a special place, and create a lasting marine heritage for future generations.
View Photos from the Expedition
Exploring New Zealand's Remote Ocean Wildness
In August, Dr. Rebecca Priestley traveled on the HMNZS Canterbury as part of the Sir Peter Blake Trust's voyage to New Zealand's remote and rarely visited Kermadec Islands. She was part of a team of experts selected to explore this remarkable ocean wilderness.
Global Ocean Legacy is encouraging the New Zealand government to protect the Kermadec region and its rich biodiversity by creating one of the world's largest, fully protected ocean sanctuaries. Dr. Priestley worked closely with the voyage's scientists—marine biologists, volcanologists, and conservation workers—and reported on the team's daily adventures and discoveries. Global Ocean Legacy arranged for her trip to be featured by Scientific American's Expeditions blog series.
You can find all her postings here.
In ancient times, island voyagers crossing the Pacific gave shape to the Polynesian triangle. Expertly navigating these waters by the stars and the ocean, they reached Easter Island, which they named “the belly button of the world.” From one generation to the next, they passed along their impressive seafaring skills.
In July, Global Ocean Legacy celebrated Polynesian connections to the ocean by taking its immensely successful “Kermadec” art exhibition to Easter Island—or Rapa Nui, as the island, its indigenous people, and their language are known.
The exhibition, inspired by a voyage of nine artists to New Zealand's Kermadec region in 2011, celebrated the wonder of the region's ocean wilderness and its connections with the wider Pacific. On Easter Island, Kermadec artists, Global Ocean Legacy staff, and the peoples of Easter Island discovered and explored the natural, linguistic, and cultural connections that the waters of the Pacific have created. Building on those connections, the peoples of New Zealand and Rapa Nui celebrated the ocean, shared its stories, and imagined its future.
- Actor, director and environmentalist Leonardo DiCaprio asked his 3.5 million Twitter followers around the world to support Global Ocean Legacy's Coral Sea campaign!
- Australia's G Magazine profiled Dr. Sylvia Earle (“Deep sea dame”) and her visit to Australia in support of the Protect Our Coral Sea Campaign.
- The Dominion Post, “Far away, yet so close,” covered the exhibition of Kermadec art on Easter Island.
- Voxy.co.nz featured the August Sir Peter Blake Trust's voyage to the Kermadec Islands, “30 Young Blake explorers return from Kermadecs.”
- The Ocean Elders, a group of international luminaries including scientists, musicians, businessmen, and other public figures, have come out in support of the Coral Sea.
- The magazine of the National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research of New Zealand featured “Life on the edge: A fragile abundance in the deep” describing the ecology of the Kermadec Ridge.