Second Dolphin found dead in Florida by Richard Arterbury founder of Ocean Blue Project.
FORT MYERS BEACH FLORIDA - Local beach goers found a dead Dolphin that was 7ft stranded on a local beach. The beach goers shared what she had found on her Facebook page and soon after Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission researchers determined the cause of death, a 24-inch plastic hose was found in the esophagus and fore stomach of the Dolphin. According to the Facebook post this dolphin was found stranded on the beach.
May 9, 2019 - This is the second stranded dolphin in one month of this region that had ingested plastic. The first dolphin was found on April 23, 2019 and was a female Rough Toothed dolphin and was also found stranded on a Fort Myers Beach. Marine animals have no idea they are today living with over 8 million metric tons of plastic floating in our Ocean and how this can affect them if ingested.
Florida has many marine animals with a few you may see like the Sea Turtles, Manatees, Echinoderms: Sand dollars, sea cucumber, sea urchin, Crabs, Ghost crabs, hermit crabs, leopard crabs, Rays, Pelicans, Octopus, Jellyfish, and amazing Corals.
This January, an endangered Bryde’s whale was found stranded in the Everglades National Park located in the Gulf of Mexico and they found this whale ingested a sharp piece of plastic.
Florida Wildlife Commission encourages beach goers that, should they encounter a stranded marine mammal, to stay back at least 250 feet and not to touch or try to return the animal to the water but to call WC’s Wildlife Alert at 1-888-404-3922 and give the exact address, beach name of this found animal and to allow trained experts to respond.
Humans have the power to help lower the amount of plastic from our one world Ocean. It’s vital we teach our children and remind yourself and friends it’s time to take action and properly dispose of trash making sure it doesn’t end up in rivers or urban streams that flow to our Ocean.
Other ways you can help take action is to join a beach cleanup to help remove plastic from local beaches, rivers, or lakes and share information on how to reduce marine debris and land base debris with others.
Ocean Blue Project a grassroots nonprofit of Oregon has a newly formed Florida Chapter named the Florida Gulf Keepers and will be hosting many beach cleanups starting this December starting in West Palm Beach Florida, Sarasota, Fort Myers, and in Indian Rocks Beach. Please give back by making a donation supporting beach cleanups, or join a beach cleanup with our local nonprofit. Join The Next Florida Beach Clean up.
This black Friday do something food for the environment like a local beach cleanup, river cleanup, or plant a tree.
Join our team and help Create Volunteer Opportunities at local Florida beaches with Ocean Blue Project.
Have an interest in ocean conservation?
Ocean Blue Project is a Environmental non profit of marine researchers interested in saving marine wildlife and lowering plastic pollution. Protect the ocean, coral reefs, and be a part of the Ocean Blue “Florida Gulf Keepers” coastal cleanup efforts for the Pinellas County cleanup to protect healthy oceans and marine life, and ultimately all life on earth. Ocean Blue received many emails last year about dead marine animals throughout the seawater during red tide season. It was heartbreaking to witness so many injured and dying marine animals. The Ocean Blue board of members are launching fundraisers for solutions to help save marine animals throughout Florida.
To Give Back, Ocean Blue will:
1. Blue Beaches Program Create A Cleanup
Host over 20 beach cleanups in the State of Florida to remove microplastic and other land-based debris.
2. Blue Schools Program
Empower over 17,000 students and over 750 classrooms to become stewards of the environment and the importance of lowering single use plastics.
3. Blue Streams & Rivers Program
Target point source runoff by testing water in urban streams for phosphorus and other toxins coming into the ocean. This research strategy uses fungi to remove pathogens and toxins destroying our waterways. Ocean Blue has goals to conduct this research during wildlife enhancement restoration projects to take place in six urban streams. Streams will be identified in collaboration with local governing agencies by the end of summer 2025.
Have a passion for saving marine animals, the Gulf Coast, and our Ocean? Join a local beach cleanup with Ocean Blue. The Ocean Blue Florida Region will be hosting Gulf Keepers Beach Cleanups in several Florida chapters to help save the ocean.
Florida Beach Community Cleanup Event
Beach: Indian Rocks Beach
When: Saturday, January 25, 2020
Time: 8am to 12pm
Want to give back and are unable make this event?
If you can’t make it to an official Beach Cleanup event, keep in mind that anyone residing in coastal Metropolitan areas can help save the Ocean by picking up two pieces of plastic litter every day and by sharing your photos with #WeCleanBeaches.
Support grassroots environmental non profits by giving directly. Find out how you can become an Ocean Blue member on our website. www.oceanblueproject.org
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Without women, grassroots nonprofit Ocean Blue would be making far less impact for our Ocean that impact our lives.
Article published by Karisa Boyce of Ocean Blue Project.
Women have a reputation for being the biggest caretakers of the Earth. Around the globe, women take notice of agricultural and industrial practices and how their environments are impacted as a result. They are known for making movements in their communities to protect natural resources
Grassroots environmental non profit, Ocean Blue Project, hears from people across the United States who want to help clean up the Ocean. Women want to leave a better planet and home for their children and future generations, which is why it is no surprise that Executive Director of Ocean Blue, Richard Arterbury, has this to say, “People are reaching out from all over the world and especially from the U.S. who want to give back to the Ocean and just aren’t sure how. The majority of our volunteers are women.”
Women are leading the way for the environmental movement. One example is Wangari Maathai, Greenbelt Movement founder and Nobel Peace Prize Laureate, who led Kenyan women to plant 51 million trees.Trees are essential for mitigating negative effects of climate change. Their roots filter city street and agricultural runoff water for waterways that flow to our one world Ocean.
Today, we see Greta Thunberg stepping up to influence the climate change school strike and marches. The United States needs leadership that can help the country step up to do something similar. Women make up half the world’s population and a large portion of Ocean Blue supporters are women.
Time and time again, we see roughly 80% of beach cleanup volunteers being women. These women often bring their children and families. Not only are they stewarding the environment themselves, these women are teaching their children stewardship by example. We see women stepping up to lead the way in local communities from coast to coast in the U.S.
Jenny Yu of San Francisco, California and Christen Enrich of Lake Worth, Florida are just two of the women who reached out to Ocean Blue this year to Create a Cleanup. These women took it upon themselves to lead their local communities in beach cleanup efforts with the support of Ocean Blue.
Jenny Yu is the Service Chair of the SF Unified Lions Club. Over the summer, the club met at Ocean Beach in San Francisco to pick up litter. Yu described the impact her group made, “We collected a bunch of food wrappers, bottles, and things people left behind from enjoying their time there. The garbage cans were over filled before we even got there so that also made the walkway to the beach filthy and dirty. There was a bunch of cigarettes, clothing items and auto parts we found as well.”
The SF Unified Lions Club made great impact on the west coast, while Christen Enrich was empowering her family and friends to do the same on the U.S. East Coast. Enrich first discovered Ocean Blue over the summer as a volunteer beach cleanup on Singer Island - North Palm Beach.
Enrich recalls, “I was speaking to Richard and he mentioned being able to open it up to where people can organize their own cleanups, so when I saw the opportunity I was in!” She is looking forward to doing another cleanup in Lake Worth, Florida soon. “The kids really enjoyed it.”
The Create a Cleanup program allows women like Yu and Enrich, and anyone who wants to lead a cleanup, the opportunity to make direct impact for the natural spaces they love. The program also keeps travel costs and carbon footprint for cleanup projects low. With carbon emissions being a leading factor of climate change, Create a Cleanup program also lets Ocean Blue keep grassroots donations closer to home, making larger impact for all communities.
Even neighborhood cleanups located inland from the Ocean can make a difference. The Ocean is a mirror reflection of our city streets. A plastic straw that falls into an urban stream after fresh rain becomes ocean bound. A cigarette butt thrown to the curbside can be swept out to sea because not all storm drains flow to a city wastewater treatment plant.
Some drains flow straight to the river, and are often labeled with paint or a plaque that states it. Rain carries a cigarette butt into rivers that flow into the ocean faster than a street sweeper can deal with it. This is why neighborhood and river cleanups are vital to the prevention of marine debris.
With folks stepping up in local communities, both coastal and inland, to lead the way for their local waterways and beaches, the Ocean Blue team can work remotely to guide the efforts without having to travel. Working remotely saves fuel, lowers overhead expenses, and allows more projects to take place in more communities.
Women led businesses are also Ocean Blue supporters. Callee of Bestowed Essentials, an all-natural eco-friendly self care and home product company, has been donating a percent of sales to Ocean Blue every month for the last year. In collaboration with the local government, Bestowed Essentials sponsored a cleanup in Salem, Oregon last spring. The company has contributed to the removal of over 1,000 pounds of plastics and marine debris from our one world Ocean.
Advancing Women Executives is an Annual Corporate Member of Ocean Blue. This means that along with taking part in the Create a Cleanup program, AWE chose to donate to the nonprofit in support of more cleanups and youth education on marine debris and the ocean plastic crisis.
AWE and Bestowed Essentials are just two of many women owned and led businesses that reach out to support the Ocean, both through being Annual Corporate Members of Ocean Blue and by leading cleanup events in the local communities they serve. While Bestowed Essentials sponsored a cleanup in Salem, Oregon, AWE led an event at Venice Beach in Southern California earlier this year.
Let’s keep this women-led environmental movement going strong. If you are feeling inspired by the efforts of Jenny Yu, Christen Enrich, AWE, or Bestowed Essentials, reach out to Create a Cleanup in your neighborhood or at your favorite beach or river spot. Since everything flows downstream, our Ocean is a reflection of our city streets. Men and women alike can work together to keep our Ocean Blue.
Our communities and our shared environment are in desperate need of collaborative solutions. When we work together we can get the job done more efficiently and more sustainably. Many hands make light work and that is why Ocean Blue is calling on Portland area businesses and nonprofits to show up and collaborate for the causes we care about most.
Check out local Portland nonprofits and businesses collaborating with Ocean Blue to tackle community wide issues. By Karisa Boyce
Every year, the Ocean Blue team reaches out to local PDX businesses in support of year end fundraising efforts. Proceeds from the campaign support clean Portland stream and river projects. These businesses are being eco-leaders in their community by giving back to Ocean Blue volunteers and donors.
Ocean Blue also reached out to 152 Portland area nonprofits this year. The nonprofits are part of a community wide fundraiser called the Give!Guide. G!G is put on annually by the popular local publication, Willamette Week. The Ocean Blue Team asked all 150 of the charities to donate and collaborate for a neighborhood cleanup at McMenamins Kennedy School. The nonprofit who donated and cleaned up the most litter took home all proceeds from the day.
McMenamins Kennedy School kindly provided their front lawn for cleanup volunteers to meetup and bring their collected litter. Volunteers from Bridges to Change, Portland Institute for Contemporary Art, and 350PDX joined in the efforts. Bridges to Change brought the most support for the collaboration, picked up the most litter, and took home all proceeds.
The Ocean Blue team is incredibly grateful to these Portland area Nonprofits and Businesses who love our local waterways and the Ocean as much as we do!
3 Collaborative Nonprofits in Portland
Bridges to Change
Bridges to Change strengthens individuals and families affected by addictions, mental health, poverty and homelessness, which is in alignment with Ocean Blue’s mission to conserve and protect the world’s Ocean, beaches, and rivers. At almost every one of our 200 annual cleanup events volunteers pick up litter left by people who are homeless to prevent it from being washed into waterways by heavy rains and flooding. Social issues are environmental issues, and it is essential that organizations work together to address these issues holistically.
Portland Institute for Contemporary Art
PICA offers interactive performance-based events and exhibitions in PDX. Their programs catalyze conversations about contemporary culture, featuring a twice annual residency program for artists who want to integrate multiple forms. The Creative Exchange Lab is an example of the holistic approaches our world needs more of right now. Ocean Blue welcomed PICA’s representative who donated and volunteered at the cleanup.
This grassroots organization focuses on getting folks engaged in climate change initiatives and has a vision for enlightened social and political systems that prioritize renewable energy sources. Ocean Blue was happy to also have a 350PDX representative join in for the cleanup.
Ocean Currents Names
Condition of Ocean Currents (Temperature)
East Australia Current
Kuroshio System Current
Counter Equatorial Current
South Equatorial Current
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