Become an Ambassador for SOA

Develop your own local sustainability project or awareness campaign and recruit new members to the SOA community.

SOA’s global youth network is comprised of passionate members from 50 countries all working towards one common goal: to protect our ocean. Each ambassador is responsible for developing and implementing their own sustainability or awareness initiatives. Today, ambassadors within the SOA community have already spearheaded 160 impact projects worldwide.

Become an ambassador by completing one of the following:

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Sustainability Project

Develop a hands-on solution that directly combats ocean issues such as: marine debris, habitat degradation, coral bleaching, and illegal and unsustainable fishing.

 

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Awareness Campaign

Educate your local community about ocean threats and promote solutions to protect our troubled seas. Inspire others to join the SOA community to amplify our collective voice for environmental change.

Current Projects

Ludovica Di Renzo

Italy

Health Management, Systems and Biomonitoring Protocols of Cetaceans and Sea Turtles Stranded on the Adriatic Coast (Italy)

Conservation of marine biodiversity  and public health change depending on the area and populations present. First step is focused on monitoring of cetaceans an sea turtle of Adriatic Coast. Standardize routine examination is necessary for allow us to arrive at a definitely diagnosis, therapy or determination of the causes of death by enhancing connections along with existing research channels. The trends of major infectious and parasitic diseases will be evaluated by performing post-mortem examinations on stranded sea turtles and cetaceans and related diagnostic tests. The search for contaminants and microplastics in sampling of these animal makes known the environmental condition.  Diagnostic examinations with standard methods allow the study of broader data, for support to policy strategies, human health and conservation purposes.  The ultimate result is the formulation of health monitoring protocols, which, in addition to providing a clinical and diagnostic contribution, will complement the existing wild monitoring plan that currently does not include marine species, with the aim of extending this to national and European base.

Olga Mironenko

Russia

HOLY JELLY: A Global Marine Plastics Recycling Initiative

Marine plastics recycling startup that will design and manufacture sustainable construction materials out of marine plastics in litter-affected coastal and island locations all over the world, and supply it  to manufacturers that want to source sustainably. The implementation of the project will be a step in reducing the concentration of plastics in the biodiverse marine ecosystems near the coasts, improve the living conditions of local communities by providing them with a cleaner environment and an extra income, and draw consumer attention to the issue of marine plastic pollution.

Marija Pia Gatt

Malta

Rationalizing Malta’s Marine Space: Application of MSP Methodologies to Deliver the First Comprehensive Plan for Malta’s Territorial Waters

A characterization of the spatial dimension of ongoing activities, to identify the intensity of current environmental and socio-economic conflicts, and develop alternative future scenarios incorporating divergent management and zoning measures to reduce operational conflicts and improve current conservation status of managed marine habitats. The development of a comprehensive marine spatial plan for the territorial waters of the Maltese Islands to ensure sustainable use of marine resources whilst guaranteeing clean and productive marine waters, safeguarding important marine habitats and species.

Mark Haver

USA

Promoting Awareness About Endangered Species

I commit to promote awareness about environmental issues impacting the ocean, particularly affecting biodiversity. Social media campaigns and lobbying governments are effective means in getting the public to recognize individual organismal value. By getting people to care about animals such as the vaquita, the public invests more interest in oceanic issues, which, in turn, creates a positive feedback loop. The goal of this project is reducing the number of organisms with the status of critically endangered.