Blue Ocean Watch (BOW) is a USA and Swiss based non-profit organization committed to protecting and promoting our planet’s most valuable asset: water.
Our team consists of world class research scientists in oceanography and marine biology, award-winning filmmakers and writers, and specialists in digital technology, 360° and extended time-lapse filming, media and education.
CORAL IS CRITICAL
Corals support about 25% of marine life and fisheries depend on the reefs for up to 40% of the catch globally. Coral reefs are places for fish to breed, feed, grow, and live.
Coral reefs absorb an average of 97% of wave energy and therefore naturally protect coasts from storms and tropical cyclones by reducing the impact of large waves before they reach the shore.
Every year, eco-tourists spend over $30 billion in tourism dollars visiting coral reefs and the communities that surround them.
Climate change is putting coral’s future in danger along with the millions of species that inhabit the reefs and the half a billion people who rely on reef fish for food. The warming of the ocean has led to coral bleaching and the destruction of coral habitats all across the planet.
Over 50% of the world’s coral reefs have died in the last 30 years and it’s estimated that without significant action, 90% of reefs will be dead by 2050.
The mission of BOW right now
is to grow and restore coral reefs.
BOW will cost effectively analyse, plan, restore, and protect a coral ecosystem. Our scientists establish the condition of the reef then decide on the correct strategy.
Every reef is different and requires specific coral species that will survive rising sea temperatures and the variation of acidity. Appropriate growing and planting techniques are chosen that maximise reef recovery.
For instance, for slow growing corals, advanced microfragmentation techniques are used that stimulate coral growth at 25 – 50 times the normal growth rate.
As well as producing time-lapse videos of the growing coral, BOW will install video cameras on the reef sending live video 24/7 back to TV monitors in the client’s office or boardroom. These monitors will also be linked to the time-laps and progress videos being produced.
WE ARE THE INTERFACE BETWEEN SCIENCE AND THE PEOPLE
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, overfishing and dumping of waste.
BOW is 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 social media, 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.
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.
Education is a free right
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.
Our educational videos, documentary films and social media postings will cover every aspect of our ocean’s health.
Acting for a living science
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 truly worldwide 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 is 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.
Green tech in operation
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 vessels, 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 showcases 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.
Having UNESCO as our partner provides BOW an unprecedented worlwide network of educational institutions across more than a hundred of countries.
BOW’s goal is to research, produce and deliver engaging educational institution.
Our educational videos, documentary film and social media posting will cover every aspect of our ocean’s health.
We are truly global organisation with a growing fleet of sailing research vessels with onboard scientists, video production facilities below deck, underwater film teams, the latest technology including drones, ROVs, 360 degree and fluorescent cameras.
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