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Artists cast a net for safer oceans

June 14, 2013 by Dan Rademacher

A new art installation at the Marine Mammal Center puts the focus on ghost nets -- lost fishing gear that wreaks havoc in the ocean -- and on what we can all do to make our oceans healthier.

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Oikonos Ecosystem Knowledge

July 20, 2012 by Bay Nature

Founded in 2001, Oikonos is a non-profit organization working locally and internationally to increase ecosystem knowledge through science, art, technology, and applied conservation. Oikonos’ vision includes incorporating creative ways to communicate knowledge to diverse communities. The organization works to promote understanding and active stewardship of ecosystems by bringing current research projects from the field directly to students, teachers, and the general public.

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Beachcombers Hunt Plastic, and Data

July 01, 2012 by Daniel McGlynn

It's early on a weekday morning, and Chris Pincetich is sifting through a small pile of debris on Stinson Beach. He's at the high-water mark, called the wrack line. That's where buoyant ocean flotsam gets stuck as the tide goes out. As we walk along, he stops and points out how plastic strapping looks a lot like weathered eelgrass. Pincetich isn't your ordinary beachcomber. He's a scientist trying to compile a local data set for a global problem: marine plastic pollution.

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A Container Caper in Monterey Bay

October 01, 2011 by Aleta George

On a stormy winter night in 2004, as the merchant ship Med Taipei plowed southbound off the coast of Monterey in 20- to 30-foot swells, 15 shipping containers slid into the sea. Such occurrences aren't especially newsworthy--an estimated 10,000 containers are lost every year worldwide. But these containers are now part of an important research project.

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Kids Clean Up and Make Art at Ocean Beach

May 20, 2011 by Juliet Grable

How do you get 500-plus kids to sit still on the beach? Tell them a helicopter is about to fly overhead and take their collective photograph, and that by the way, they'll also be on television. It happened at Ocean Beach, and all in the name of ocean conservation.

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