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The oceans are facing daunting problems, such as climate change, pollution and overfishing. If we continue to let this happen, not only the health of our oceans and its inhabitants keep suffering, but billions of people around the world will lose their livelihoods and food sources. Luckily, many people and organizations are fighting to preserve the oceans for future generations. Join us on our mission to bring together organizations and people that strive to preserve the quality of our oceans – and become an Ocean Witness yourself.

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Ocean Witness stories

Ocean Witness Fabien

Sipadan, Malaysia

“People protect what they love, they love what they understand, and they understand what they are taught. I believe that we all need to be Ocean Witnesses, so that we can give back to our future generations what we have taken for granted.” Fabien Cousteau about the global responsibility to take care of the oceans.

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Ocean Witness Peter

Suva, Fiji

"I am really glad that you’re doing this and crowdsourcing it, in a way, because it is not something governments or United Nations or somebody in another planet will do for us. It is what we all do as individuals, and as families and as communities." Today, Peter shares his Ocean story with us: past, present and future.

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Ocean Witness Emanuel

Peniche, Portugal

Our first Ocean Witness story finds its roots near the shore of Peniche (Portugal) where we follow Emanuel, one of the fishermen that changed his ways to contribute to a healthier ocean in the future. Peniche is an important harbor for fishery with a strong focus on the ocean for income surrounding the Berlengas islands – a MPA and UNESCO site. An important population of Goose Barnacles thrive in this coastal area. Read Emanuel’s inspiring story.

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Ocean Witness John

North Queensland, Australia

“I’m not going to go into all the threats and the pressures. But oceans are everybody’s business.” Ocean Witness John Tanzer on his earliest ocean stories and his outlook towards the future.

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Ocean Witness Alden

Pacific Northwest, The USA

“The visibility changed and the temperature changed. And when that happened the diversity of all the coastal tide pool regions went away.” Alden Glinert on the threats the ocean is facing due to pollution.

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Ocean Witness Rindah

Solomon Islands

“We have to protect the oceans and all the marine resources in the South Pacific, so that the future generations are still able to see all that lives in the ocean.” Rindah Melsen emphasizes the importance of protecting the ocean.

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Ocean Witness Tarusila

Bua, Fiji

“My advice to young people: keep the ocean good, clean and healthy.” Tarusila Veibi has some excellent advice for future generations.

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Ocean Witness Daniel

Maragogipe, Brazil

"They feel more confident and proud of what they do." Ocean Witness Daniel Andrade about his successful project in the mangroves of Brazil.

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Fabien Cousteau

Sipadan, Malaysia

Fabien Cousteau is an aquanaut, ocean conservationist and documentary filmmaker. He founded the Fabien Cousteau Ocean Learning Center (OLC) in 2016, with which he fulfilled his dream of creating a vehicle for positive change in the world. OLC focuses on public awareness, education and special projects. In 1989 his grandfather, Jacques Cousteau, called Sipadan in Malaysia ‘an untouched piece of art’ and his film placed Sipadan on the global diving map. After 28 years and 3 generations later, Fabien follows his grandfather’s footsteps.

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Peter Thomson

Suva, Fiji
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Emanuel

Peniche, Portugal

Emanuel is the president of the Berlengas’s Barnacle Fishermen Association. Together with WWF he works closely to create a better future for the oceans.

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John Tanzer

North Queensland, Australia

John Tanzer is most notably from 2001 onwards, he was the Executive responsible for the oversight of the spatial rezoning of the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park based on the Representative Areas Program.

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Alden Glinert

Pacific Northwest, The USA

Alden Glinert has a background in marine science, aquarium science and environmental policy

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Rindah Melsen

Solomon Islands

Rindah Melsen lives on the Solomon Islands and she’s the president of the Nusatuva Women’s Saving Club.

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Tarusila Veibi

Bua, Fiji

Tarusila Veibi is a conservationist with the Fiji Locally Managed Marine Area Network (FLMMA) since 2008.

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David Andrade

Maragogipe, Brazil

Daniel Andrade, a born and raised maragogipano, grew up witnessing the changes in local fishing and the transformation of the mangroves. He became a Rare Fellow in December 2014.

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