10 Highlights from 2012

With 2012 coming to a close, we want to thank our fans and followers for your support, and share a few highlights from our ocean conservation programs.

  1. Sailors for the Sea programs reached 27 states & 13 Countries in 2012!
  2. 80% of all contributions go directly to marine conservation programming according to a third party audit.
  3. 80 different regatta venues ran more than 170 Clean Regattas with 80,000 participants. 70% of these regattas were certified at the Gold or Silver level, up 50% from 2011.
  4. Rainy Day Kits: Minimal Resources, Maximum EducationFourteen Rainy Day Kits in our free library of marine science lesson plans educated 20,000 children at 110 different sites!
  5. Sailors for the Sea has been an active participant in the World Bank Global Partnership for Oceans since the inception of the GPO in February of 2012.
  6. Regatta organizers rated their experience using the Clean Regattas program an average of 4.8 of 5 stars.
  7. Sailors for the Sea Japan celebrated their one year anniversary.  Tiller for Sharks
  8. Five America’s Cup World Series certified as Clean Regattas, with 98% of wasterecycled or composted at the final event of 2012.
  9. Tiller, our resident Salty Dog, promoted awareness for endangered sharks during Shark Week.
  10. Our successful “Welcome Aboard!” benefit in New York City  featuring Charlie Rose, Dr. Jane Lubchenco and Sir Russell Coutts helped chart a strong financial course for 2013.
If you are moved by what you read, see, or hear about Sailors for the Sea, please support us. Your fully tax-deductible charitable gift will have a powerful impact on our ocean conservation goals.

Welcome Aboard!

As we finish up our thank you letters from an amazing event we want to share some of the great news from our December 3rd, Welcome Aboard benefit. The evening was hosted at Christie’s and made possible with generous, early support from The Tiffany & Co. Foundation, Christie’s, Hinckley, and The Helmsley Charitable Trust.

Russell Coutts, Jane Lubechenco, Charlie Rose, David Rockefeller, Jr.

Russell Coutts, Jane Lubechenco, Charlie Rose, and Sailors for the Sea Chairman, David Rockefeller, Jr. Honorees are holding their Ocean Champion Awards created by Tiffany & Co.

The evening featured 3 honorees; Dr. Jane Lubechennco, distinguished marine ecologist, environmental scientists, and Undersecretary of Commerce for Oceans and Atmosphere and Administrator of NOAA. Sir Russell Coutts, most successful skipper in the history of the America’s Cup, and Charlie Rose, host of “CBS This Morning”, “Person to Person”, and “Charlie Rose”, the nightly PBS program.

Main staircase at Christie's New York decorated for fundraising event.

Christie’s decorated with Sailors for the Sea banners!

live auction was also held, thanks to many wonderful in-kind donations, along with a paddle raise, giving money directly to our ocean conservation programs, Clean Regattas and Rainy Day Kits. The auction also raised money to allow us to give water filtration systems to community sailing programs affected by hurricane sandy.

We would like to thank our many generous Chairs, Sponsors, and supporters for making a truly spectacular evening possible. The evening raised over a year’s budget, setting a course for success in 2013.

John Hays, Christie's, Crowd

Christie’s Auctioneer, John Hays, warms up the crowd for some lively bidding in support of ocean conservation.

Global Analysis of Mariculture Production

A recently published study from the University of British Columbia Fisheries Centre and the Sea Around Us Project analyzes trends in aquaculture since the 1950’s and notes that aquaculture is one of the fastest growing global food animal production industries. This trend is only predicted to grow as wild fish stocks continue to decline due to overfishing. You can read the abstract, and a review from Pew Environmental Trust.

According to Pew, “The Increasing trophic level of fish produced in the mariculture reflects increased production of species higher in the food chain, which tends to have greater environmental impacts.”

The Sea Around Us Project also offers a look at statistics from a visual perspective. You can view graphs and maps by country, and even focus  by state or province. We wanted to check out our home state of Rhode Island, and as noted in the graph below mollusk farming is rapidly growing in this region. Click here to take a look at the easy to use visual analysis portion of this study.