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A new Fish in the ocean

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Dear OCR Community and Friends,

I am both honored and delighted to introduce you to our new staff member Tamela Fish. She comes on board as our Director of Communications – a skill we have frankly needed for some time. Tamela comes with a healthy list of bona-fides as a media and communications contractor for a number of fabulous environmental and climate action organizations; from local groups in the SF Bay Area, national organizations such as Bioneers, to international organizations such as Women’s Earth and Climate Action Network (WECAN) and the Arab Youth and Climate Movement. She has also worked with one of my favorite activists – Rev. Billy and the Stop Shopping Choir!

OCR has been privileged to have a supportive cadre of subscribers and members. You are a select group of educated and inquisitive people who we have harvested from professional and scientific conferences, public and university presentations, publications of papers and articles, and friends and colleagues I have met through my ongoing work on ocean noise pollution. And while OCR has accomplished a lot over the years informing and working within our community, it has become really clear that public policy – which we aspire to inform – is driven less by knowledge, thoughtful arguments, and persuasive presentations than it is driven by the momentum of public opinion. This is a numbers game.

It is our hope that we can take our message – along with the larger conversation on ocean noise pollution purveyed by many of you – the stakeholders, academics, and scientists on our current mail list, and propel it out into a larger public. We don’t intend to dilute the veracity or amplify the “shock value” to garner more public attention, as we hope to be considered an “honest broker” of scientific data and technical information on the noise pollution issue. What we do want to do is to inform a larger public – and by extension, policy makers and legislators, about the critical and growing challenge that human-generated noise pollution is posing to the health of the ocean.

It is clear that Ms. Tamela Fish is up to the task. In the last two weeks we have already seen a dramatic increase in social media engagement (and we just hired her on Monday!) I look forward to working with her. “Welcome Aboard” isn’t a phrase that most fish would likely want to hear, so I’ll just say “Welcome into the Ocean!”

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Report from the Georgian International Maritime Forum

Georgia International Maritime Forum

  Through a set of circumstances too Byzantine to unravel here this week I’ve found myself in Batumi, the Republic of Georgia on the coast of the Black Sea delivering and address to the Georgian International Maritime Forum (GIMF) While…

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Acoustical Habitats and Aquatic Noise

I’ve just returned last week from the 2016 Aquatic Noise conference (AN2016), a gathering of souls who have taken it upon themselves to examine, poke, prod, regulate, and abuse our common interest in Marine Bioacoustics. This conference happens every few…

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Mass stranding report and review

  This last weekend an article from the Guardian was brought to our attention announcing an investigation report released about a Mass Stranding Event (MSE) that occurred on July of 2011. Somehow we missed this at the time of publication…

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Expressing the measure of things

Over the last week I was participating in an International Standards Organization (ISO) meeting hosted by the Netherlands Organization for Applied Scientific Research (TNO) with an august assemblage of underwater noise stakeholders working on underwater acoustics standards. While this activity…

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One more day on Earth

While not being cynical I always have a “raised-eyebrow amusement” when we take a day and recognize our relationship to things as fundamental to our existence as Women, The Ocean, or in the case of today, the Earth. I’m glad…

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Ocean noise popping up in the press

It is with a strange ambivalence that I am seeing quite a lot of headlines about ocean noise issues popping up in the popular press. Just some of the issues that have come across my desk in the last few…

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Oops! Nix the date – 9/24 Book and ACS event

Last month we sent out a notice of a reception and presentation at the Bay Model where I would be also introducing my book “Hear Where We Are: Sound, Ecology, and Sense of Place” Unfortunately two things have conspired to…

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We now know what we don’t know – Report from AN2013

When ocean noise pollution first came up on the public sonar there were only a few handfuls of people engaged in the issue – all acrimoniously divided between the (mostly) industry/Navy noise-makers and the environmental/conservation biology interests who just wanted…

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