Sound Environment

This section features updates from the many organizations dedicated to preserving and protecting the ocean, both locally and globally, and information about how you can take action!

Sound Environment

Plum Island from My Perspective

By Chris Szepessy

Plum Island from My Perspective

By Megan Dear   Plum Island is an ecological and historical centerpiece to the animals – including humans – and plants that depend on it. Even though the island is only 840 acres, it has a huge impact on marine and terrestrial wildlife because of its history of being mostly untouched by humans. The flora and fauna native to the island were able to grow and prosper without being subjected to habitat fragmentation, deforestation, and pollution that…

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11th Hour Racing Announces New Ambassador Grants

By Chris Szepessy

11th Hour Racing Announces New Ambassador Grants

Our friends at 11th Hour Racing, a Newport, RI-based organization that establishes strategic partnerships within the sailing and maritime communities to promote collaborative, systemic change benefitting the health of our ocean, have announced three new grantees within its Ambassador Program. The 11th Hour Racing Ambassador Program comprises a community of marine industry professionals committed to ocean health, and representing many sections of the sport of sailing.   The East Bay Sailing Foundation was chosen by Ambassador John Mollicone, the…

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Defending Our Seas: Dee Caffari

By Chris Szepessy

Defending Our Seas: Dee Caffari

By Amber Stronk, Communications Manager at Sailors for the Sea powered by Oceana With over 12 million registered boats in the U.S. alone, many of these sailors and boaters see firsthand the issues that our oceans face such as plastic pollution, oil spills and marine habitat destruction. Sailors for the Sea is mobilizing engaged conservationists within the sailing and boating community who are collectively taking action to address pressing ocean health issues. Our Green Boating initiative provides…

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The Winding Way of Whales & Wind Farms

By Chris Szepessy

The Winding Way of Whales & Wind Farms

By Monica Pepe, Whale and Dolphin Conservation I recently attended a two-day workshop on Long Island on offshore wind development projects. You could say I was “blown away” (I’m a sucker for a good pun) by the number of people involved in the workshop – over 180! While we were primarily focusing on the wind farms planned for development off the coast of New York, there was a broad range of stakeholders in attendance. Most of the…

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More Taste, Less Waste: Mount Gay teams up with Oceana to protect our oceans

By Chris Szepessy

More Taste, Less Waste: Mount Gay teams up with Oceana to protect our oceans

Mount Gay, the makers of the world’s oldest rum, is supporting Oceana, the largest international organization dedicated solely to ocean conservation, with the launch More Taste, Less Waste, a collaborative Mount Gay Rum x Oceana pledge campaign that promotes the reduction of single-use plastics as a means to advocate for the reduction of plastic use. Committed to lessening the impact of plastics while enjoying the ultra-premium rum, Mount Gay and Oceana are encouraging customers to take a…

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Champion for the Sea: Combining a love for the ocean with a love of sailing

By Chris Szepessy

Champion for the Sea: Combining a love for the ocean with a love of sailing

What happens when you spend all your time on the water and you witness firsthand the negative effects humans have on the ocean? It makes sense that you would do everything you could to solve those problems in any way imaginable. This is exactly what Harvey DeMovick IV, an 8th grader at Pine Point School in Stonington, CT, started doing at a very early age. Harvey’s been passionate about the ocean and all the marine life that…

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The Rise and Fall of Black Rock Harbor

By Chris Szepessy

The Rise and Fall of Black Rock Harbor

By Bill Lucey, Long Island Soundkeeper Talk to Kaye Williams, founder of Captain’s Cove Seaport at Black Rock Harbor in Bridgeport, CT, and you’ll soon learn a few history lessons. Black Rock was the port used by George Washington’s spies as they rowed across Long Island Sound to Setauket, New York and back, bringing information on British troop movements. (This story was popularized by the Netflix series Turn.) Black Rock is an ideal harbor, long and narrow, protecting…

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A Foray into “Slimology”

By Chris Szepessy

A Foray into “Slimology”

Especially in marine water, the unwanted accumulation of microorganisms, algae and animals on wetted surfaces can be costly if not attended to regularly. For recreational or commercial boaters, the danger of transferring non-native species is added to the increase in fuel consumption and maintenance cost. The navies of the world are not immune to this plague either. One study roughly calculated the cost of coating, cleaning and fouling on the United States Navy’s destroyers (class DDG-51) to reach $1 billion over 15 years!

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Sharing the Seas: Safe Boating for Sailors and Whales

By Chris Szepessy

Sharing the Seas: Safe Boating for Sailors and Whales

Conservation efforts to protect marine mammals, especially large whales, continue to face great difficulties and, in some cases, have managed only marginal improvements. Most notably, only around 450 North Atlantic right whales survive today. Those that remain face serious human-induced threats such as vessel strikes, entanglement in fishing gear and habitat degradation.

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