From Threat to Thread…

Coming soon! Shoes made from ocean plastic!

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Last year, Adidas proposed a concept shoe made from ocean plastic fibers. This fall 7,000 pairs of the shoe are being sold from the Adidas website. Each pair of shoes contains plastic material from roughly 11 plastic bottles and other recycled materials. The company’s goal is to make over a million pairs of shoes, with the first limited release happening later this month.

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Obama creates first Atlantic Marine Monument…

President Barack Obama created a new marine monument, which is now the first American monument in the Atlantic Ocean. This monument will now protect the diverse and widely productive canyons and underwater seamounts off of the southern coast of New England. This initiative falls under the Antiquities Act, which has allowed the President to set aside protected areas such as the Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument, established late last month (see post).

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The Northeast Canyons and Seamounts Marine National Monument is roughly the size of the state of Connecticut, and sits roughly 120 miles offshore of Massachusetts’ south shore.

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Inside the Creation of Europe’s First Underwater Museum…

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“Off the coast of the Spanish island of Lanzarote, the easternmost of the Canary Islands, lies the completely submerged Museo Atlántico, an oceanic exhibition of the sculptures of British artist Jason deCaires Taylor.

The exhibit is a striking reminder of humans’ ever-changing—and often destructive—role in the modern world. A raft carries a dozen or so migrant refugees into an uncertain abyss. A mass of people walks dreamily into another world, some hiding behind the lenses of their cameras, some with eyes closed, some posing for a selfie.

But what’s visible now is only a small fraction of what this unique, underwater museum will become.

It’s been in the works for months—the museum has been open since February of this year—but it’s nowhere near completed. According to Taylor, 70 sculptures are already in place, but by the completion of the ten phases of installations, anticipated to take place in December, that number will bubble up to around 300.

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Still to make their appearance, he says, are a giant gateway measuring 30 meters long and 4 meters high, a piece featuring 200 people swimming in a circle, and more botanical elements like trees and a garden. ‘This particular one has taken us two years to gain the permits, to install the sculptures. So there’s a lot of environmental impact analysis, lots of surveys,’ he said.

Taylor earned renown for making first underwater sculpture park off the coast of Grenada in 2006. In 2009, the Museo Subacuático de Arte off the coast of Cancún, Mexico opened with more than 500 of his sculptures. This project, the Museo Atlántico, is his first on the other side of the Atlantic.”

-By David Doochin, Atlas Obscura

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Ocean Hero: Julie Packard…

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Julie Packard is the executive director of the Monterey Bay Aquarium and has served on numerous committees for ocean conservation. Today the Monterey Bay Aquarium inspires conservation of ecologically sensitive marine regions. The aquarium’s seafood guide has reached millions of people and help influence consumer choices for sustainable seafood. 

Ocean Hero: John Halas…

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John Halas is a marine biologist and inventor credited with the development of mooring systems that prevent damage to sensitive coral reefs around the world. His original observation of careless anchoring in the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary led to experimental trials on securing vessels above reefs. This revolutionary idea set the standard for dive sites and popular anchoring locations throughout the world. Today in the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary alone there are more than 400 mooring buoys. Countless square miles of coral reef habitat have been protected from his ingenuity.