I decided to build a website just around some of the pictures that I have taken over the years as part of Marine Ventures’ conservation projects. I posted some more pictures from Australia as well as some other projects that do not always get covered on the MVF website. So see what you think …
MVF and MSSA team up with new Fishtagger app for Conservation
The Fishtagger App is now available from the iTunes Store for use on the Chesapeake Bay with our partner MSSA - the Maryland Saltwater Sportfishing Association. MVF is teaming up with MSSA to support their conservation efforts on the Bay in 2013 and including the Championship on the Bay in May, 2013. Stay tuned for more news on www.mssa.net and here.
Coastal Walkabout App in Beta in Western Australia
The Coastal Walkabout app is in beta now on Android and iOS. The app and project go live next month in an event at Murdoch University in Perth with several projects underway on the Swan River's RiverWatch citizen science project and Manta Rays off the Ningaloo Reef. Stay tuned for more.
Aerial Survey of the Kimberley, Western Australia
We have begun a long term project to document the coastal regions of the Kimberley and Pilbara in NW Australia. The region contains 32 different aboriginal clans that date back 40,000 years and has a estimated mineral wealth over $58B. It also has one of the largest humpback whale populations of over 30,000 animals. The growing conflict over cultural and environmental protection verus wealth extraction is a subject of both a citizen science project and documentary film. In this picture, the king tides in the Fitzroy Delta exceed 36 feet and create these intricate patterns in the mud flats.
MVF documentary “A Changing Delta” premiers at Wild and Scenic Film Festival
A Changing Delta Film Premiers at the 2013 Wild and Scenic Film Festial Nevada City, California, January 12, 2013. "Left for dead after decades of neglect, the terminus of the Colorado River in Northern Mexico was once a vibrant wetland ecosystem the size of Rhode Island. “A Changing Delta” chronicles the stories, issues, and people of the Colorado River Delta in Mexico, and what they’ve done across the border to reconnect one of the most iconic American rivers to the sea."
Down the Colorado Expedition and Public Information Maps
Down the Colorado is a project of Colorado College students to document the human and environmental condition of the Colorado River Basin. Over two expeditions, the team traveled by kayak and raft the entire 1700 length of the Colorado River from its headwaters in Wyoming to the Sea of Cortez in Mexico.
Citizen Science and Coastal Walkabout
Coastal Walkabout is a massive citizen science project started in 2012 to document the coastal and marine life in Western Australia. The goal is to engage citizens along the 4000 mile coastline to document marine life and the impact of mining, oil and gas exploration on the marine environment.
Port Hedland Harbor and Iron Ore Exports
Iron Ore processing plant at the Pilbara coastal port of Port Hedland. Over 60 ore trains each day deliver ore to the port for shipping to China and India. Australia is the largest iron ore exporter in the world and Port Hedland alone exports over 200 million tons per year and is the highest tonnage port in the country. The impact of this massive operation on the marine environment is yet to be quantified and is the subject of our project with Murdoch University Cetacean Research Unit in Perth, WA.
Legal Fish Trade in America
The US was the largest importer of billfish for food until the Billfish Conservation Act was signed in October, 2012. Now only Hawaii and regions of the Pacific can catch and sell billfish. We have actively funded and participated in the protection of pelagic fish including billfish, bluefin tuna and dolphinfish. Our current app project - Fishtagger - is a new citizen science tool to protect the marine ecosystem.
Aerial Photo Baselines for the Henrys Fork Watershed
We completed a comprehensive aerial survey of the Henrys Fork Watershed in NE Idaho using three different aerial platforms. The resulting 10,000 images are in the public domain and document both the ecology of the river and the impact of human development. The composite photo shown here was created from 10 separate photos taken by balloon camera system.
Illegal Fish Trade in Argentina
There is a thriving illegal fish trade in the Parana River between Argentina and Paraguay. The Golden Dorado, the national fish of Argentina, is regularly caught and transported through Paraguay to fish buyers in Brazil. Even with a full time presence of the Argentina Navy, the industry continues to thrive. We have funded work to document both the poacher techniques and government and citizen response to the illegal fishing.
Colorado River Delta RestorationColorado River Delta Restoration Update November 2012 The US and Mexican government have approved an addition to the water treaty that governs water flow across the US border to Mexico. Thie minute will enable water allocated to Mexico to be stored in the US until it is needed and more importantly will enable the allocation …
Arctic Row ExpeditionArctic Row Expedition Update (August 2012) Arctic Row was an ambitious attempt to be the first human powered boat to cross the Arctic Ocean and bring awareness to the impact of climate change on the arctic ice pack. The 4 man team rowed a 30 foot fiberglass boat 1,000 miles over 41 days . The expedition …
Fishtagger – available at the iTunes Store NowFishtagger – The App Welcome to the Marine Ventures Fishtagger App Website where the results of concerned citizen scientist/sport fishermen field efforts are presented. To download the app, click HERE. And once you have downloaded the iPhone app(android app coming), you can sign up and start recording your observations as part of a series of ongoing …
James Price Point SpinnersShort film of the James Price Point Spinners with Simon Allen, Research Biologist, Murdoch University, Perth, WA. Location: Broome, The Kimberley, Western Australia
Remains of a RiverShort film from the Down the Colorado River Expedition, 2012. To view the whole 10 episodes, click here to go to the Expedition website.
Adventurers and Scientists for ConservationWe have always been focused on finding and funded the new generation of conservation leaders. So when we met Gregg Treninish one night for dinner in San Francisco, we were not prepared. Gregg is a one of a kind natural hero for the planet. There is no stopping this guy in his mission. His …
We continue to work on our film about Western Australia that covers 2 years of work there. It seems like a simple place – lot of open space (the size of California) and only 45,000 residents (2nd least inhabited place outside of Antarctica). So bunch of kangaroos, crocs, a few people and big cattle ranches. …
After sharks have killed 6 people off Perth since 2010, the WA government responded with a cull program designed to kill any great white, tiger or bull shark larger than 3 meters. Using over 1000 baited drum lines placed along the coast, sharks will be caught, documented then killed to reduce the threat for more …
Sometimes we experience events and places on the planet and do not always grasp their significance to ourselves and others. One such person is Chris Jordan who’s new film Midway documents the impact of the Pacific Garbage Patch on the albatross population in the NW Hawaiian Islands and Midway Island in particular. You can …
National Geographic named ASC’s Gregg Treinish an Emerging Explorer for 2013. Gregg was NatGeo’s adventurer of the year back in 2008 after Gregg completed a 7,800 trek along the entire Andes Mountain. This award reflects Gregg’s continued leadership in promoting science and conservation thru his Adventurers and Scientists for Conservation, a nonprofit based …
The Coastal Walkabout app recently underwent initial testing in the Kimberley by MUCRU student Shona Wharton as part of a 10 day cruise along the Kimberley coast just a few weeks ago. The app that is scheduled for full release for Android and iPhone in November, was put thru its paces aboard the MV …