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We're on a mission to create healthy and abundant oceans. Founded by @PaulNicklen & @CristinaMittermeier

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Photograph by @PaulNicklen // Sleek and powerful, marvels of evolution, sharks play a crucial role in the delicate balance of their marine ecosystems- and they need the strength of #theTide on their side to influence trade regulations on an international scale. 
Scientists estimate that 100 to 273 million sharks are killed every year. Up to 73 million of those are sold for shark fin soup. In 2013 and 2016 declines in shark and ray populations around the world prompted the protection of individual species under CITES (the Convention of International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora). Looking ahead -  SeaLegacy will advocate for the addition of several species of sharks, wedgefish and giant guitarfish to CITES Appendix II at the CITES Conference of the Parties (CoP18) in Colombo, Sri Lanka this spring. Follow us as we support this critical work to keep our oceans healthy for all.

Photograph by @PaulNicklen // Sleek and powerful, marvels of evolution, ...

Photography by @daisygilardini // Spending time in the rain forest is an incredible experience. It involves all senses and perceptions. The smell of trees and mosses fills your nostrils; the rain bouncing off leaves has an almost percussion-like effect on your ears. The raven’s call often announces the arrival of the spirit of the forest: the white bear. The Kermode bear — also known as “mooksgm’ol “ by the First Nations — is a rare subspecies of the American black bear. Due to a unique, recessive gene, it has white-coloured fur. It's always special when a wild animal peacefully accepts your presence and doesn't show any sign of stress or change in behaviour.

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Photograph by @cristinamittermeier // Becoming a conscious consumer is one of the most powerful and lasting ways that you can make an impact. Atlantic salmon from open-net farms on the Pacific coast have wreaked havoc in an environment where they would not exist if human beings had not put them there. There are not many wild Atlantic salmon left, so if the labels you’re reading in the grocery store say ‘Atlantic,’ the fish probably is not wild (especially if you're on the Pacific coast!) Open-net salmon farms spread disease and viruses, and the wild Pacific salmon that migrate through the same water systems are vulnerable to infection. In December 2018, the provincial government announced that all 17 fish farms in the Broughton Archipelago of British Columbia will either be closed or moved – over the course of several years.  Looking ahead, SeaLegacy is going to keep pressure on government to close the remaining open-net Atlantic salmon farms, keep educating consumers, and feature stories on the state of wild salmon globally. When you #KnowYourSalmon, you know that by avoiding salmon from open-net Atlantic salmon farms, you're helping to protect the future of wild salmon and the entire ecosystem that depends on them. 
#Lookingahead #TurningTheTide #KnowYourSalmon #ocean #conservation

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Photograph by @paulnicklen // At SeaLegacy we started 2019 off with a list of the ways that we can all make a difference to the future of our oceans. Now, we are looking ahead- to Antarctica. Accelerated climate change poses a serious threat to the stability of this fragile ecosystem. Ice in the Antarctic melts a month early, and reforms two months late. Populations of Adélie and Emperor Penguins have declined by 65 percent in the last 25 years. As a result of both changes in the ice melt and unregulated commercial fisheries, the number of krill in the Antarctic is also shrinking. Krill is the keystone species of Antarctic waters; without them, animals that feed off them cannot thrive, and the whole ecosystem is crippled. But there's a way we can all help!

The Convention on the Conservation of Marine Living Resources (CCAMLR) is an international commission of 25 Member nations focused on the conservation of Antarctic marine species and ecosystems. CCAMLR is committed to creating a network of Marine Protected Areas (MPAs), but only one MPA has been approved so far. There are three more MPA proposals being negotiated by CCAMLR at this year’s annual meeting, and SeaLegacy wants to see them implemented as quickly as possible. Grab your gloves and your boots, because we're in it for the long haul! And follow along with @natgeopristineseas, which is currently on expedition in Antarctica, doing baseline research to inform future Antarctic planning. 
#TurningTheTide #Antarctica #UniteForAntarctica

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Photo by @PaulNicklen // Today is Penguin Awareness Day! Did you know that the penguin's tuxedo look has practical application? Its not just an attractive suit! If you look down on swimming penguins from above, their backs meld into the darkness of the southern oceans. Looking up, their white bellies are camouflaged against the light of the sun. Penguins don't have blubber like seals or walruses, but are kept warm by a layer of insulating air caught between their feathers and their skin. Pretty neat!

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Photograph by @paulnicklen // Oceans cover 70% of the earth. They regulate climate, take carbon dioxide out of the air, and provide more than 50% of the oxygen that we breathe. And they are in trouble. Plastic fills the bellies of seabirds and giant turtles and sharks. Rising water temperatures bleach coral reefs. Water acidification puts all ocean life at risk. At SeaLegacy, we believe that we can all make a difference to the future of our oceans if we work together. Over the past 19 days, we have shared tips about the changes that you can make right at home, and you’ve responded; by interacting with us and with each other, by sharing all of the creative ways that you’re already trying to make an impact. Thank you for being a part of a community that cares so deeply about the oceans. Share the link in our bio for all 19 tips and share them with your friends and family. Let’s keep #TurningTheTide in 2019!

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Photo by @PaulNicklen // They're evolved apex predators who play an absolutely vital role when it comes to the health of ocean ecosystems - and they're being slaughtered for their fins. 
The demand for shark fins remains one of the greatest threats to shark populations around the world and they're being killed at a highly unsustainable rate. Scientists estimate that between 100 to 273 million sharks are killed every year, with the fins of up to 73 million of those sharks are sold for shark fin soup. 
At this rate, we must put measures in place that are practical and enforceable, such as a prohibition on the sale and trade of shark fins. States such as Texas and California have already banned the sale and trade of fins, but with the entire West Coast off limits for the lucrative fin market, Florida has now become the hub for the trade of fins in the United States, with Miami being the largest trade nexus in the country. But now, legislation is being filed in Florida that would ensure that this coastal state will no longer support and participate in the global trade of shark fins. We urge Florida to take a strong stand on the issue and take the opportunity to be a leader in the conservation and protection of these incredible animals.

Without top predators, like sharks, we risk losing the ecosystem balance that maintains healthy reefs, productive fishing, and water quality. We must - and can - do more to protect them. Click on the link in our bio to sign on in support of the Shark Fin Legislation and let's make the shark fin trade history. 
#NoFinFL #StopTheFinTrade @sharkallies

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Photograph by @PaulNicklen // The more we learn and understand about the world, the better it is for everyone who lives here; plants and animals human beings alike. Tip #19 is to help science work. Embrace the natural world. Unleash your curiosity. Never stop learning, and use what you learn in a way that benefits us all. If you’re a scientist, open-source your work. Science and discovery belong to the world, not only to humankind.

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Photograph by @cristinamittermeier // Tip #18 is to respect wildlife and wildlife habitat. We need to approach anything we do to and in our ecosystems with caution and respect, or we risk the very life support system of our planet. Coral reefs are extremely fragile and already in big trouble because of climate change. Curiosity is understandable, but touching coral can kill hundreds of polyps. When you're diving, snorkelling or even just swimming, take great care not to touch anything - especially coral - to keep wild spaces and species safe.

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Photo: @andy_mann // “The more clearly we can focus our attention on the wonders and realities of the universe about us, the less taste we shall have for destruction.” - Rachel Carson: 1907-1964 Marine Biologist, poet, activist, ahead of her time. // Savage Islands, Portugal.

Photo: @andy_mann // “The more clearly we can focus our ...

Photo by @nickhawkinsphotography // One of my most memorable ocean experiences happened while I was photographing bluefin tuna off Nova Scotia this past summer. My focus was on trying to capture the massive 800 pound tuna that would materialize from the murky water and pass within inches of my lens. Suddenly, I heard the high pitch clicks and whistles of whale echolocation. I turned around to be greeted by a group of long-finned pilot whales. It is intimidating, to say the least, to be approached unexpectedly in low visibility water by a group of toothed whales. I slowly started to make my way back towards the boat. But then a voice in my head said “if you don’t turn around and take this opportunity to meet these animals, eye to eye in their own world, you will regret it forever." I’m glad I chose curiosity over fear that day. Any reservations I may of had quickly melted away after locking eyes with this beautiful whale. I floated motionless at the surface as she looked me over. I felt the clicks of her echolocation all along my body. This experience is still etched into my memory like it happened yesterday and I hope it never fades. Follow @nickhawkinsphotography for more images from Canada’s East coast.

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Photograph by @cristinamittermeier // Tip #17 in #19for2019 is to take the Global Survey on Sustainability. The United Nation’s 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development is a plan of action for the well-being and prosperity of our planet and all of the people who live here. There are 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in total for making our earth a healthier earth. Together, they address issues like poverty hunger, access to clean water, and the promotion of peaceful and inclusive societies for sustainable development. #SDG14 is “Life Below Water” - a mission to conserve and implement sustainable use of the ocean’s resources. You can help speed up and influence a global transition towards sustainability by sharing your thoughts! Take the survey - use your voice!

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