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This blog is primarily geared toward staff at the zoos, aquariums, museums (ZAMs), and other conservation education organizations that are part of our growing global network. We aim to provide you with cutting edge, challenging, and creative information, ideas, and tools to become as effective as possible at communicating about and for conservation with your visitors and the public.

See our ongoing communications research, or join our growing network, at The Ocean Project's website.

August 31, 2009

2010 Seas the Day wall calendar now available!

For 2010, The Ocean Project teamed up with Smithsonian to produce a special Seas the Day wall calendar. Once again, the calendar features the amazing underwater photography of Wolcott Henry, as well as monthly tips on ways to make a positive contribution to sustaining and safeguarding our ocean.

The 12"x12" images are stunning, and the Seas the Day website mirrors the calendar’s conservation theme (e.g. water conservation, eating healthy and sustainably) each month throughout 2010, providing a ocean tip of the day, more ways to learn and take action related to the monthly theme, as well as information on the amazing animal featured.

Partners of The Ocean Project receive a wholesale discount on Seas the Day calendar orders, which can be shipped immediately. For more info on wholesale, please contact Bill Mott, Director, The Ocean Project at 401.709.4071 or bmott (at) theoceanproject.org

Individuals can order the 2010 Seas the Day calendar from any of the following sources:

August 18, 2009

Time to Help Shape National Ocean Policy

President Obama established an Ocean Policy Task Force in June that is now seeking public comments. Anyone can comment and we encourage all to do so, even if you can only spend a few minutes submitting your thoughts online.

We encourage all our Partner ZAMs and others to take advantage of this opportunity to get more involved in important policy issues. As we blogged about last month, ZAMs can, and should, play more of an important role with policy issues.

Any comments are welcome. The Task Force asks that comments focus on any of the five key issues identified in the June 12 Presidential Memorandum including national ocean policy; a framework for policy coordination; implementation strategies; marine spatial planning; and emerging issues on ocean, coasts, and Great Lakes policy. But don't let these five identified issues scare you away from submitting comments. Much fits under "National Ocean Policy" that strives to protect and conserve the health of ocean, coastal, and Great Lakes ecosystems and resource. One of the greatest threats to the health of the ocean, and our own health as a society, is an unaware and uninvolved public.

Advocating for expanded funding for educational programs on ocean awareness and education should be a top concern of the Administration but it's up to us to make sure they take this subject seriously.

Take a few minutes soon and click here to submit your comments

August 13, 2009

Looking for Volunteers!

The Ocean Project is seeking volunteers around the world to help us achieve our mission.

Our network of Partners continues to grow, with nearly 1,000 Partners from 85 countries, and we manage our work with a relatively small team: one full time staff member and a couple of part-time staff and interns at this time...so we always appreciate volunteer help!

There are plenty of interesting opportunities - in our office as part of our formal internship program or helping remotely - and we also seek creative and entrepreneurial volunteers who may have their own ideas to help us advance our mission. Contact us today if you are interested in helping!