Project Ocean Watch is poised to make a valuable contribution to the circular ocean economy by undertaking a global discovery expedition around the Americas to identify and support ocean innovators and researchers, and scale solutions to our ocean’s greatest challenges.
Expedition: Complete a circumnavigation of The Americas using the 64’ S/V Ocean Watch, uniting experts and entrepreneurs in the science, education and blue tech innovation to collect valuable data, engage in powerful storytelling and to support interdisciplinary environmental problem -solving.
Launch a global micro prize competition in 45+ ports to discover bold and passionate ocean innovators of all ages whose ideas, products and technology can make a rapid and measurable impact on restoring and protecting the health of our oceans.
- Connect with local and indigenous populations to discover and cultivate talent and ideas in each port
- Discover breakthrough ideas and disruptive blue technologies that will contribute to a vibrant and sustainable ocean economy
- Generate 660+ days of compelling content provided by onboard scientists, innovators, educators and storytellers
- Conduct important scientific research to be shared with scientists from “pole to pole”
- Build the next generation of ocean stewards by reaching and engaging middle and high school students and their educators
Our Sustainability Approach:
Project Ocean Watch has been designed to champion the global effort to promote awareness of the UN Sustainable Development Goals, a blueprint to achieve a better and more sustainable future for all. The 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), are an urgent call for action by all countries -developed and developing -in a global partnership.
Through innovative education and scientific research programs and carefully executed awareness campaigns, our expedition aligns with three (3) specific SDG’s.
UN SDG 12: Responsible Consumption and Production: Ensure sustainable consumption and production patterns
UN SDB 13: Climate Action: Take urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts
UN SDG 14: Life Below Water: Conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources for sustainable development
Education, Science + Conservation
A paradigm shift is underway in education that emphasizes:
- Learning by doing
- Shared learning motivated by fun and self-fulfillment
- Real-world project-based learning
- Creative problem-solving.
- Storytelling as a way to enliven curriculum, enhance learning, and encourage students to expand their thinking
Project Ocean Watch will deliver a breakthrough experience for students that will allow them to actively learn about, care for and protect the oceans. Opportunities include:
- Floating Science Fair Project Lab
- World’s longest virtual field trip
- Augmented and virtual reality kiosks in ports
- Educational games
- Crowd-sourced science projects
- Multi-dimensional storytelling by engaging artists, musicians, writers, videographers, and photographers
Science + Conservation Approach:
- Highlight at least 12 critical ocean and coastal conservation issues
- Showcase marine conservation successes (e.g., CA marine reserves)
- Provide a platform for local audiences to take action
- Through a crowd-sourced science movement, valuable daily real time data will be generated and shared with our science + education partners
- Leading-edge technology will be used such as sensors, ROVs and AUVs to gather additional data
Why Project Ocean Watch
Scientific Discovery, Innovation and Education Advance a Sustainable Ocean Economy
- Marine ecosystems sit at the heart of many of the world’s global challenges: food, medicines, new sources of clean energy, climate regulation, job creation and inclusive growth
- Innovation in science and technology will play a key role in growth and sustainability of the Ocean Economy.
- New thinking and fresh approaches are required in many areas, placing innovation at the heart of society’s response to the challenges facing the development of a truly sustainable ocean and world economy
The Future of the Ocean Economy
- Ocean-related industries contribute more than $1.5 trillion in value added to the overall economy each year and that value is expected to double by 2030.
- Expanding demand for ocean-derived food, materials, energy, and knowledge is driving rapid growth in the emerging “blue economy.”
- Traditional ocean sectors, such as shipping, fisheries, and ports, are undergoing rapid change in response to new technologies, competition, and regulation that reflect an increasing focus on environmental sustainability.
- At the same time, technology innovation is fueling high-growth industries including marine aquaculture, ocean observing, marine robotics, biofuels, and seawater mineral extraction.