Photo Blog

 

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 […]

Lines in Country

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 […]

Killing Sharks to Protect People

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 […]

Midway Film Trailer by Chris Jordan

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 […]

Gregg Treinish NatGeo Emerging Explorer

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 […]

Coastal Walkabout App & Kimberley

 

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 […]

Bay Area Puma Project Begins in East Bay

 

We have embarked on a new initiative here in the San Francisco Bay area called Bay Area Puma Project.  The project began in 2007 when Felidae Conservation Fund and its Scientific Advisors determined that what was needed to protect and sustain Bay Area puma populations was an innovative merging of scientific […]

Coastal Walkabout App Beta

The Coastal Walkabout app is in beta now on Android and iOS.  I am expecting the full release to happen next month November in a big project launch in Perth at Murdoch University.  I will be there for sure!  After a short 18 months from the original idea and expedition, […]

Is the JPP LNG Project really dead

It seems that Colin Barnett, Western Australia’s Premier is refusing to allow any changes to the Browse Basin Lease off the NW Coast of Australia.  After Woodside and Shell decided to drop the plans to build a $35B LNG plant North of Broome in favor of a less expensive floating […]

Kimberley Gas Hub canned

We just arrives in Broome on the day the Perth-based Woodside decied to can their $45B LNG plant construction. The battle between local folks, the traditional owners and the West Australia government ran for 7 years before yesterday. Famed environmental writer Graham Lloyd from the Australian stated it clearly below.

The […]

A Changing Delta KZFR Radio Interview

 

Tom McMurray was recently interviewed by Stephen Tchudi from KZFR in Chico, CA on the radio show Ecotopia about the premier of the documentary film A Changing Delta that premiers January, 12, 2013 at the Wild and Scenic Film Festival in Nevada City, California. You can listen to the entire show […]

New Colorado River Delta FIlm premiers at Wild and Scenic Film Festival

New Colorado River Delta Film released just as new treaty signed between US and Mexico.

We are pleased to announce that our film “A Changing Delta” will premier at the 2013 Wild and Scenic FIlm Festival in Nevada City, CA on January 12, 2012. The film was written, edited and produced […]

Media heyday in Broome…

Mining the Kimberley, Western Australia

 

The Kimberley region of Western Australia is full of riches.  From the 40,000 year cultural history of the Traditional Owners to the wild and now protected Montgomery Reef to the billions of dollars of iron ore, oil, gas, diamonds and coal in the ground, this remote place is the next […]

Back from Freshwater Cove

Andy Quinn and I have just returned from a week at Freshwater Cove, a remote fish camp near Montgomery Reef in the Kimberley region of Western Australia.  Home to some incredible 12 meter tides, the camp was a meet up place for us with Peter Tucker and Mark Jones of […]

Green-Black Conflict in the Kimberley

 

There is a great article in The Conversation, an Australian media website, that talks about the growing conflict between Aboriginal Clans of Australia and the Green Enviro organizations. The article can be read from here. The article was sent to me by Tim Dykman who runs the Ocean Revolution, a […]

Arctic Row Expedition – 1000 miles

The 4 man Arctic Row team ended its expedition after 1000 miles and 41 days attempting to be the first to row across the ice free Arctic Ocean from Canada to Russia.  Incredibly bad weather trapped them behind shore ice for days at a time and then gale force storms […]

A Question of Balance

BlueCloud’s Tom McMurray was a guest on the Australian radio show A Question of Balance host by Ruby Vincent. You can listen to the show here and also learn more about Ruby’s program here.  What I like about her show is its real world grass roots focus on the balance […]

Big step forward in Ocean Health

A recently published article in Nature describes a new tool to evaluate ocean health that takes the human factors into consideration. Unlike traditional special interest indexes that focus on either wealth extraction or MPAs, this one covers all the factors – from commercial fishing to tourism to clean water to […]

Arctic Row team on the edge

The challenge of doing something no one on the planet has ever done can only be understood from the eyes of the one involved. We have never funded any project where we felt danger was involved in the objective. These guys are experienced risk takers. Just hope […]

White Marlin Tracks

We have been here in Ocean City, MD since last Wednesday fishing and tracking the white marlin population along the 1000 fathom line 75 miles East of here. We made three trips last week out there and caught and released 58 white marlin. Last Thursday, we caught and […]

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Pilbara Destruction or Beauty

Sometimes it is hard to tell where beauty ends and destruction begins.  At least from the air, everything has a view where it all looks beautiful. The flight from Exmouth, WA to Broome in May was both spectacular in the natural beauty of the Pilbara coastline and the powerful images […]

Down the Colorado update

We have not heard much from the four intrepid river explorers kayaking down the Colorado this summer but a few blog posts and pictures have emerged. We talked to them when they pulled out in Glenwood Springs for a few days to resupply and blog.  And we know that they are […]

Arctic Row Expedition begins

 

The Arctic Row Expedition has begun.   Follow them on their Facebook page. Here is a recent post from their blog:

Arctic Row 2012 is under way!

At 1:39 PM (MDT) the Arctic Row team rowed out into the waters of the Mackenzie River from the Town Boat Launch in Inuvik NWT, […]

Broome Aerials

We always find getting up into the air above a place provides perspective.  And in the case of Broome, WA, one can see the Kimberley for what it is – a vast flat savannah that borders an incredibly rich and diverse marine ecosystem.  We spent days on the water in […]

Citizen Science: Next Steps

We are back in the US now after 3 weeks traveling throughout Western Australia. Traveling from Perth up to Cygnet Bay, we discovered an incredible ecosystem unlike anything we had seen before. And what made it incredible was not the mantas, turtles, whale sharks or pigmy spinner dolphin: it was […]

Spinner dolphin off James Price Point

We were recently on the water with Simon Allen from the Murdoch University Cetacean Research Unit looking for some very small or pigmy spinner dolphins off James Price Point north of Broome, in the Kimberley region of Western Australia. There were bottlenose dolphin in close to shore […]

Roadtrain into Broome

We have been busy in Broome the last few days. Boating on the water looking for pigmy spinner dolphin, attending community meetings for families and NO GAS, watching a movie in the croc farm, learning as much as we can about this community and its workings.  The people in Broome […]

The Kimberley explored…barely

We have been documenting the coastline and the marine species and meeting with key stakeholders in the Kimberley for the last week. So far we have explored Broome up to Cape Leveque.  And with the Kimberley region being the same size as California, that means we made it from San […]

Cygnet Bay and Citizen Science

We arrived yesterday afternoon here in Cygnet Bay and made it to the famous Cape Leveque for the sunset. Located at the top of the Dampier Pennisula, this is really the beginning of rugged coastal Kimberley.  The Kimberley coastline covers over 14,000 kilometers as you head NorthEast toward Darwin and […]

News Story in the Australian

The Australian, Australia’s most important newspaper just published a story on the discovery of a potentially new dolphin species off the Kimberley coast.   Identified as a possible dwarf spinner dolphin, the article talks about how LNG plant builder Woodside spent $80M to do an environmental impact assessment regarding their […]

The Kimberley

The Kimberley is Australia’s wild side. Closer to Jakarta, Indonesia than to Sydney, the region is about the same size as either Japan or California.

“The Kimberley WA is one of the world’s last great wilderness areas. Covering an expanse of nearly 423,000 square kilometres and with an estimated population of […]

Port Hedland

We traveled from Exmouth to Broome two days ago and stopped in Port Hedland to refuel and take a quick tour of the town and port.   The Traditional Owners called the area “place of good water” but today it is more the place of good iron ore, with over […]

The Pilbara's wealth in photos

The Pilbara’s wealth in photos

Ningaloo Marine Park

We have spent the last three days working out of Exmouth exploring the Ningaloo Marine Park. We did a helicopter survey of the North Cape Peninsula, a snorkel trip along the Ningaloo Reef out of Coral Bay and a dolphin spotting boat trip through the Murat, Bundegi and Lighthouse Sanctuary […]

Whale Shark Festival, Exmouth, WA

Below are some photos from Exmouth, Western Australia, home of the world-renowned Ningaloo Reef.

We have a busy 4 days in Exmouth, WA working with several research groups on whales sharks, manta rays and humpback whales. Today is an aerial survey day of the Reef, tomorrow is a diving trip to […]

Perth – City on Steroids

We arrived in Perth yesterday evening after flying halfway around the world from LAX. After 30 hours of flying and layovers, we were excited to be here but crashed hard in the hotel. We awoke on Thursday (we left Monday but lost May 22nd due to the International Date Line), […]

Western Australia Ecosystem Map live!

The Western Australia Ecosystem map is live. Click here to explore the map and search on the social media fields.

No Gas Protest in the Kimberley

We are heading to the Kimberley next week with our partners from Duke and Murdoch University.  Both Dave and Lars have forwarded us recent stories of the civil protests over the industrialization of the Kimberley around wealth extraction from the massive offshore gas reserves in the Timor Sea.   There […]

Colorado River Delta Restoration

We produced this short film for our partners The Sonoran Institute and Pro Natura Noreste on their restoration work in the Delta in Mexico.  They have been working there for over 10 years and the film is a tribute to their perseverance and hard work.
 

State of the Rockies

One of our partner organizations is the Colorado College State of the Rockies Project.  Their mission is simply stated: building upon 130 years of service to the region, the Rockies Project conducts state-of-the-art research helping Rockies residents clearly see our communities, our environment and our economy so we can better […]

NW Australia Maps

BlueCloud Base gallery – Images by Tom McMurray

Pilbara Coast LNG

Kimberley Snubfin Dolphin

Save the Kimberley

Here are two great videos from Michael Fletcher on the Kimberley.

Ningaloo Reef

Ningaloo Reef is a fringing coral reef located off the west coast of Australia, approximately 1200 km north of Perth. The reef is 260 km long and is Australia’s largest fringing coral reef and the only large reef positioned very close to a landmass.
It is known for its seasonal feeding […]

Murdoch Cetacean Research Unit

BlueCloud’s partner is the Murdoch University Cetacean Research Unit based in Perth. Dr. Lars Bejder has assembled a world class team of scientists and students who are conducting some critical research on snubfin dolphin populations along the west coast of Australia. Below is a short summary of their project taken […]

The Pilbara

The Pilbara is home to mining in Australia

Offshore Oil and Gas Extraction

there is a lot of this happening…

The Kimberley

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