Broken trail of conservation promises …
The Ksamil Islands in the Ionian Sea, off the coast of Southern Albania.
SUMMIT COUNTY — Reporting a story about a new report on ocean sustainability made me realize how privileged I’ve been the past few years to be able to travel with Leigh and Dylan to many of the world’s oceans in recent years, and how I sometimes take these vast bodies of water for granted. Reading through the report reinforced how important it is to treat our entire planet with respect. That starts in the kitchen, with what you put in the drain, and extends to the grocery store, when you choose a piece of fish for dinner. Now, I’ll hop off the soapbox and share a few pictures as a reminder of what’s at stake.
Coastal Belize, home to the largest coral reef in the northern hemisphere, threatened by global warming, pollution, runoff from coastal development and over-fishing.
A Venetian fort in the Ionian Sea at Corfu.
A dolphin swimming in the Gulf of Mexico, where the next oil disaster is waiting to happen.
Sunset on the Gulf Coast of Florida on a rare stretch of strand that's not affected by coastal development.
Parrotfish from the Caribbean in a Jamaican fish market. The reef nibblers play an important role in coral reef ecosystems, but are being over-fished in many areas.
Dylan enjoys the surf in the Caribbean Sea on the coast of Jamaica. Nobody wants to swim in polluted water, right?
Mangroves along the coast of Belize are one of the key coastal ecosystems being devastated by coastal development and threatened by global warming.
The coastal dune ecosystems of the Wadden Sea in Holland, part of the North Atlantic, are protected on the island of Texel by national park and world heritage status.
The Adriatic Sea from the coast of Slovenia.
A fin whale breaches in the Southern Ocean, between South America and Antarctica.
The Caribbean at the U.S. Virgin Islands. PHOTO BY DYLAN BERWYN.
The Mediterranean at Cassis, France.
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