Meet Our SOA Ambassadors
SOA has ambassadors in 50 countries and on every habitable continent in the world. Each ambassador commits to an action-oriented sustainability initiative to better safeguard our ocean's future.
Guyon K Brenna
Reef Life Nano Materials Oceanic Infrastructure
From acreage reef installations using parametric modeling to deployments using kinematic wave action unit designs. Reef/ Ocean Farming Habitats attach to existing underwater structures, OR floating platform kelp and seaweed farming stations, bringing more life/revenues/opportunity to oceanic communities. Because the substrates and surfaces can be easily modified for site, species, temperatures, wave action, and ocean floor, the advanced capabilities for biodiverse farming are endless.
Spreading 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.
Migratory Connectivity in the High Seas: Creating Migration Corridors for Seabirds in the North Pacific
Compilation of large aggregations of seabird tracking data throughout the North Pacific High Seas to establish geospatial “nodes” and “migration corridors” for these species in areas beyond national jurisdiction. The creation of these corridors will aid in marine spatial planning efforts in areas beyond national jurisdiction and help to spatially display the potential for interactions with anthropogenic actions, such as fisheries or marine pollution, and create further evidence for protection of these open ocean areas.
John Robison Hoopes
The Importance of the River Ecosystem and Their Link to Oceans – The Danube Basin River Hungary
A program of environmental education focus in rise awareness about the importance of the water ecosystem in the student community from our University. This environmental education program should have a impact inside of the student community from our University ,and also will be addressing issues produce by the anthropogenic food print , and how to mitigated this impacts, and solve this problems given the opportunity to the students to applied their knowledge, and creating innovative solutions. In this way will be contributing to the conservation of the river ecosystem which flows to the oceans.
Conservation of Sea Turtles in the South China Sea
Engagement on the conservation of sea turtles through international collaboration for the preservation of foraging and reproducing grounds; identification of migratory routes; and multilateral agreements on conservation policies. Safeguard effective conservation of sea turtles in all their habitats and life stages, prompting population growth and stability for the stocks of South China Sea and surrounding basins.
Activities, competitions, workshops and exhibitions for the hundreds students that every year come to visit the Aquarium are all related to the issue of litter and plastic. Clean ups and ocean-related events for citizens are organized. Collaborations with local and international NGOs help us to spread the voice! The aim of this campaign is to raise awareness among citizens about the issues affecting the Ocean. Informing and focusing on the youngest citizens give us a change to preserve our future and the future of our seas.
THE RIVERINE INPUT PROJECT: Monitoring Litter Inputs from Rivers to the Marine Environment
The Riverine Input Project contributes to our knowledge of aquatic litter sources and pathways, with the target of reducing the amount of litter entering our oceans. We sample several river catchments and beaches on a monthly basis to understand where the litter comes from and what we can do about it. The long-term application of this monitoring is a way forward to measure societal and behavioural changes as well as assess current and future legislative and regulatory measures effectiveness. It allows the improvement of waste management practices and help local and national stakeholders to take the right decision to move towards a plastic-free ocean.
Andrew aims to increase awareness of SOA in the United Kingdom, with an aim to get a Chapter developed and promoting the Youth Leader programmes. Andrew is a Marine Biologist with an interest in promoting the sustainable usage of the marine environment. As an aquaculturist he aims to drive innovation reducing the foot print of these activities globally. With these aims in mind he is currently an MSc student on the Erasmus Mundus Joint Aquaculture, Environment and Society course (ACES). He was awarded a fully funded Erasmus Mundus Scholarship by the European Union. Prior to this he worked as a Scientific Officer for Xelect Ltd, a spin-off of the University of St Andrews. He has also interned with Xanthella Ltd, a company that produces photobioreactors with a special aim to sustainably grow algae in rural communities in Scotland.
Educating Malta Citizens on the Threats Facing the Ocean
Special efforts will be made to sustain an ocean-literate society in Malta through the establishment of codes of good practice, a toolbox for outreach actions, public campaigns and other ongoing community activities.The main aim of this project is to help remove the psychological distance between citizens and the issues the oceans are facing. The overall concept of the project is that ocean literate citizens will take decisions and push for policies that lead to a healthier planet.
EUROPEAN MARINE INFORMATION: Preventing vibriosis Infections of Fishes in Aquaculture Thanks to Satellite Remote Sensing
To develop a network about marine sciences to gather students and researchers interested in joint projects to bring innovative solutions for a sustainable resource development. To provide a new tool for cooperation and employment of youth in the marine field. By preventing vibriosis infections of fishes in aquaculture thanks to satellite remote sensing, European Marine Information aims at reducing the treatments in our water. Satellite remote sensing offers a new possibility to detect bacterial population growth and therefore adjust the use of antibiotics. This information could be integrated in a fish farming application with other climate information provided by Copernicus system.
Ludovica Di Renzo
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.
European Schools Love Our Ocean
To create a better educational platform from which to create awareness and understanding about the importance of our ocean. The creation of this platform will ensure better awareness among educational generations and provide a more progressive mindset in the students of today to improve the health of our oceans tomorrow.
SafetyNet Technologies commits to ensuring fish stocks are fished sustainably by catching only the right fish, in order to feed our growing population and help preserve biodiversity in the marine environment.
Eugénia Barroca Pereira Rocha
South Africa & Britain
Making the Difference to Our Ocean
I ultimately want to make a difference during my life time, in the sustainability and understanding of our marine resources. I believe that through research and management of the marine ecosystem, we are able to make accurate informed management decision, which in turn will help with the sustainability of our marine resources.
Experiential Conservation Education in Urban Landscapes in India
I plan to start a social enterprise working in urban schools with a long-term experiential curriculum on environmental education, with focus on local ecosystems, involving local stakeholders such as researchers, fisher folk and local artists. My goal is to imbibe environmental consciousness in school children, while at the same time providing opportunities for on-site experience for university students interested in the field of conservation. I plan to initiate a pilot project in Chennai, India and implement the curriculum across cities in India.
A Baseline Survey of Coral Reefs and Genetic Diversity Analysis of Coral Species in Jaffna Peninsula, Sri Lanka
I aim to identify and map the distribution pattern of coral reefs, recognize the percentage of benthic cover types, identify the coral species by morphological and molecular taxonomic methods along the northern coast line and around the islands of Jaffna Peninsula, Sri Lanka. Distribution of coral reefs and genetic diversity of corals in Jaffna Peninsula will provide the adequate ecological and molecular facts which can be used to protecting, monitoring, conserving and restoration of corals which are in the vulnerable condition.
The Conservation Tech Project
Enabling students to physically create technical solutions to environmental issues through the creation of a network of student group chapters dedicated to conservation technology. The creation of a large open-source community within conservation technology will allow for new solutions despite a perceived lack of industry opportunities. I hope to spread this model within the US and internationally - the more students we can get involved in these issues the better.
Layman’s Guide to the Blue Economy
The Blue Economy will bring countless opportunities but most people do not have an understanding of what it is and the opportunities that would be available in terms of jobs and enterprise. So this layman’s guide provides the answer in simple language with the use of photography. Create a publication available both in hard copy and an e-copy to ensure maximum reach. The aim is to reach 50 000 in readership. The host website will include a place for testimonials to share ideas after reading of the book.
Starting an Heirs To Our Oceans Chapter at Xavier High School
The Heirs To Our Oceans Chapter at Xavier High School plans to give presentations, to show movies, to have multiple community clean ups, and to recruit more students to join us in our fight for our Ocean. We will start a new Chapter. By showing movies, doing community clean ups, and giving presentations, students will be aware of what is happening to our ocean. They will be informed and would hopefully want to learn more about it. This might contribute to their future careers and college major choices. We also believe it will move them to start an Ocean friendly lifestyle and join our Chapter.
Furthermore, as a young diplomat, I commit to developing the capacity of Small Island Developing States (SIDS) to become the leading moral voice in international negotiations on the ocean, owing to our symbiotic relationship with oceans. More specifically, I am committed to developing the right frameworks to upgrade traditional sectors of our blue economy (such as fisheries), to identify ways to promote women's participation in the ocean economy, and to help Mauritius and SIDS incubate next-generation sectors such as biotechnology and marine cybersecurity.