Educate. Inform. Inspire.

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What we do,

As our ecosystem moves ever closer to the tipping point beyond which there may not be the possibility of recovery, Blue Ocean Watch, is the only organization in the world with the objective to gather oceanic research information from sources on a global scale, assimilate and translate it into potential solutions, promote innovation, create educational video material and social media messages for every age and in partnership with UNESCO, disseminate worldwide – to empower every individual to make a change.

The World of Oceanic Research Brought to Life

The founders of Blue Ocean Watch have, for most of their working lives, been film makers. Their audiences have been informed by documentaries, and made to laugh and cry by dramas. They are the storytellers of our society, and it is the storytellers who tell a society who they really are. They are the glue that binds communities together.

This, we realise now more than at any other time, is a huge responsibility that cannot be taken lightly. At this vitally important  time of human existence on our planet, we feel passionately that the stories we tell now must make a difference.

Blue Ocean Watch “stories” collated from our dedicated research vessels and our global research partners will form the basis of an educational charter. For we believe that the only way to successfully change the behaviour of mankind is through education. This message must be clear, engage everyone, and above all, it must be accessible globally free of charge. If you feel as we do, please join us in this mission.

“EDUCATION IS THE MOST POWERFUL WEAPON WHICH YOU CAN USE TO CHANGE THE WORLD.”

Nelson Mandela

Watch some of our videos to learn more about the team and our mission.

I am pleased that the IOC-UNESCO and Blue Ocean Watch have found each other and I can see clear benefits in our collaboration.

It is clear that we are embarking on the same endeavour and we cannot miss the opportunity to cooperate and leverage our distinct and complementary competencies to achieve our common goals.

We look forward to working with Blue Ocean Watch! Francesca Santoro

Program Specialist, IOC - UNESCO

The BOW Philosophy

Blue Ocean Watch began life as a rallying call to arms amongst a group of filmmakers and scientists who were united in a deep passion for engaging with and ultimately seeking ways to resolve the precipitous situation the planet’s oceans face due to decades of pollution, over fishing and dumping of waste. BOW has grown from this unity over the past 5 years into a committed plan of action and a formally established non-profit Association consisting of award winning filmmakers and writers, vastly experienced sailors and explorers alongside world class research scientists in oceanography, marine biology, technology and education. All are seeking to create and support the BOW online platform which acts as the portal for oceanic and marine research to reach educational institutes and the general public, in many ways acting as a Rosetta stone to translate complicated scientific endeavours into understandable, actionable, accessible information. Due to the diversity of our contributors, the resources of scientific knowledge and data that we will accumulate over time will be unparalleled. BOW is not simply a platform for distribution, but it will actively encourage and foster a dialogue and interaction with its audience, for example enabling university students to talk live with on-board scientists and also remotely operate probes and measuring instruments on the boats.

Our ultimate goal in terms of education is that our targeted programming should be adopted within school curricula worldwide.

It is explicitly for this reason that educational access to the BOW platform will always be at a single cost point.

FREE.

Our Objective

At no other times in man’s history have we been so well equipped to document and communicate our scientific observations, activities and findings. Blue Ocean Watch will take you beneath the waves to explore this special environment, this extraordinary world. Through the eyes of marine biologists, oceanographers, palaeontologists, and maritime biochemists, we will see this submarine world in a new way. Not alien, but familiar. Not hostile, but intrinsic to our survival. Historically, research scientists have mainly worked alone within their own agenda unable to benefit from a wider sharing of their results with other scientists – until now. Outreach beyond traditional closed channels of journals and conferences to the wider interested world. BOW’s goal is to research, produce and deliver engaging educational pathways from pre-school to postgraduate studies that will be delivered free of charge to any educational institution.

If the next generation of children can learn to co-exist more gently with the planet that nurtures them, then inevitably our culture of environmental insensitivity will change.

This process must start now, before it’s too late.

Terence Bulley

Founder, Blue Ocean Watch

There are other tremendous philanthropic and government sponsored projects creating amazing media material and scientific insights – we intend to partner with many of them – however, what is missing currently is a co-ordinated, dedicated organisation whose central aim is to take this material and provide an education-focused distribution platform for its dissemination and actively engaging with those who matter most in education, the teachers and their students. Science seems to have lost its identity of discovery through adventure, while cold sterile laboratories are not inspiring or engaging. We need to rekindle this spirit of adventure in science, to make children want to tune in to what’s happening. Sailing ships, free, under sail on the ocean, is as much a symbol of adventure as it is a marine research facility. It will be the focus of our foundation, its identity, and it will inspire students to participate in our work. It will help make education active, living and exciting exploration instead of a passive assimilation of data. Everywhere the vessels dock will give occasions for scientific events, increasing awareness of our work. Students will be able to participate in research on board, bringing their studies to life in a life-changing experience. Our sailing boats, as working facilities have minimal carbon footprints so our platform presents itself clearly as part of the solution and not a part of the problem. It will showcase green tech in operation in the real world on a daily basis. Theory put into practice. The Blue Ocean Watch boats also afford us an unparalleled level of autonomy, where we can study what we want where we want without the possible constraints of another organisation’s agenda or the special interests of their funding stream.

 

The first boat in our fleet, the ‘LIBRIES’

 A 16m motor-sailor fitted out for oceanic research including hydrophone sensing, diving, mini drones and Mini ROVs in cooperation with marine research centres.

In keeping with ourphilosophy, our boats will travel between locations under sail whenever conditions allow. 

https://vimeo.com/345657350

 

LETTERS OF SUPPORT

Blue Ocean Watch is incredibly proud to be supported by and working with a host of amazing organisations, institutions and individuals who all share our passion with healing the world’s oceans.

If you or your organisation want to get involved then please get in touch, we’d love to hear from you.