Miss Ocean™ is an award given to women who make a significant contribution to ocean research. It is also a fitness and health competition to be held in the future (at a date to be announced), to raise awareness of pollution and climate issues, to be organized by Vikeen Fitness and Terry Valeriano, supported by the Cleaner Ocean Foundation.
The 'Cleaner Ocean Foundation' is a not-for-profit entity dedicated to marine conservation, research and ocean awareness. We work with other like minded institutions and academics looking for ways to repair the harm that man has done and is doing to marine life, with especial focus on climate change, plastic waste, ghost nets that kill whales, over-fishing and dwindling wild fish stocks. We also promote ocean literacy.
PROJECT ON ICE - In May/June of 2017 our Foundation took over the SeaVax project from Bluebird Marine Systems. Since development funding has proved to be a problem, we have determined to continue with our ocean awareness campaigns as we await more proactive policies from grant makers.
OCEAN AWARENESS - We are producing a graphic novel about ocean plastic, whales and climate change. A movie script to accompany this conservation adventure is available to actors (or their agents) and film companies on request - suitable for live action or animation.
VITAL RESEARCH & DEVELOPMENT
promote the use of machines and systems by third parties,
designed to remove macro and micro
plastics from our oceans and rivers. Tackling the problem from the source, which ultimately involves removing microplastics from
rivers without harming the extant biota. The solution we should like to
see developed relies on
advanced autonomous robotic fleet control. We applied three
times for European funding since 2017, under the Horizon
2020 banner, the last applications in 2020. Clearly, by
their actions, the EU and G20 have indicated that they are
unprepared to work towards a mechanical solution - leaving the
oceans thick with plastic waste. They appear not yet to value
healthy fish stocks high enough to warrant action. Yet plastic
continues to pour into the oceans at an increasing rate. They
do fund academic research, that may one day lead to
operations, but as with climate change, that is unlikely to
happen until we reach a critical point and can no longer feed
people, without a high risk of cancer. If there are
organizations out there with deeper pockets, if you are in a
position to take up the torch, please, please, step up to the
lectern. We are more than happy to support newcomers.
LACK OF CONVENTIONAL FUNDING - Funding is not available for our kind of Blue Growth innovation. Our work falls in between pure research on the one hand (academics) and business development on the other, where social innovation is not about making money, meaning that a conventional for-profit business plan cannot be drawn up, such as to attract venture capital. Because we have no intention of trading. Some of our projects may benefit our research financially be agreement. One such project being Kulo Luna. Another being the proposed hydrogen powered Jules Verne Trophy.
OCEAN CLEANING INNOVATION - This amazing autonomous boat called "SeaVax", was on display at the Old Billingsgate exhibition centre in London on the 9-10th of November 2015 for Innovate 2015. Since that time a company called Bluebird Marine Systems (BMS) has built a test tank and a robotics laboratory - and worked out a low cost method of launching and recovering the full size vessel. All of this was achieved on a small budget at cost, with the help of volunteers, students and an experienced steering committee, including Nelson Kay and Chris Close. BMS was wound down to put a halt to mounting costs.
OCEAN ECONOMY IN JEOPARDY - The ocean is a vast resource that is underutilized in terms of energy generation and over fished to feed a growing world population as land is being absorbed to build on for housing and factories, so reducing agricultural potential. In short, we are exhausting our natural resources in order of ease - for maximum profits - a short term strategy. It is easier for us to take all the fish we can in the short term and fill the ocean with garbage and not worry about the consequences.
The use of plastic for packaging is just one horrifying example of major stakeholders using the most convenient means to get their product to market, while ocean literate policy makers watch marine life suffer as they grapple with ways to juggle economics and morals, hoping for a miracle.
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