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Summer 2016 photo contest

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Enjoying your summer time on a seaside?
Great! If you love the seas and the oceans, share your emotions with a hashtag #responseable, your photo and your tagline about “How we can  all protect the sea today”.
At the end of the summer, the best tagline and photo will be voted on,  and you can win Bureo sunglasses made from recycled fishing nets.
Most importantly, your ideas will reach ResponSEAble people.
Be creative, stay cool! We wish you fun and ResponSEAble summer!

 

RULES AND TERMS

Color, Black and White, edited formats are accepted.
Applicants should like ResponSEAble Official Facebook, twitter or Instagram Page.
Applicants may submit unlimited number of photos!
When you submit your photograph, you give us the right to publish your photograph with your credit.

ELIGIBILITY

The Contest is Open to EVERYONE whichever the sea you love!
Applicants must be the creator and sole owner of the photographs

SELECTION PROCESS AND PRIZES

The Winner will be selected by vote last week of September and win this amazing sun glasses made of recycled fish nets! So you can be cool and responSEAble at a same time.

Responseable Sails in the Mediterranean!


Our ResponSEAble journey that started in Plymouth a year ago made a stop over in Athens this May.

Responseable-athens-may-2016Thanks to our partners in Greece, Maggie Kossida & George Karavakiros from SEVEN,  we experienced the Mediterranean flavors and had 3 days meeting close to the seaside. Some of our Ocean Literacy Think Tank members joined us there: Paul Snelgrove (Memorial University), Linwood Pendelton (Duke University), Marta Ruiz (HELCOM), Ingo Sartorius (Plastic Europe), Gail Scowford (COSEE) and  Francesca Santorio (UNESCO).

The meeting helped us to progress with the development of our so-called “key storylines” (building on the example of a first key storyline on microplastics) that combine our expertise in marine ecosystems, marine and maritime activities, value chain and knowledge systems and perceptions.

We discussed also the launching of: (1) stakeholder processes for addressing ocean literacy at the regional sea scale (first regional workshops expected in the second semester of 2016); and (2) the development of our ocean literacy initiatives/products building on the “living lab” approach. And Athens provided opportunities to work with our SEAChange colleagues on issues such as transatlantic cooperation, the knowledge that ocean literacy should build on, and possible approaches to assess the effectiveness of ocean literacy initiatives.

Ahead of us? A challenging summer 2016 with much information collection, interviews, focus groups…!

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ResponSEAble is celebrating World Ocean Day

ResponSEAble is celebrating World Ocean Day today!

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To celebrate the WOD 2016, ResponSEAble is launching six key storylines that will be further developed over the next 3 years with the goal of enhancing literacy around these topics in the EU and regional seas.

  1. Sustainable fisheries
  2. Ballast water/invasive species
  3. Eutrophication and agriculture
  4. Microplastics and cosmetics
  5. Local coastal development and tourism
  6. Marine renewable energy

On the 8th of June we are holding a virtual conference meeting of key story leaders  to discuss the issues around these storylines and to launch the process. There will also be additional meetings in several offices of ResponSEAable partners to launch work on specific storylines.

ResponSEAble at Micro 2016 in Lanzarote

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The ResponSEAble journey stopped over in Lanzarote (Spain, Canary Islands) to learn from, and contribute to, Micro 2016 – a scientific conference that discussed the fate and impacts of microplastics in marine ecosystems. The contribution of ResponSEAble took the form of a side event organized by ACTeon (more information, to contact:Florence Krowicki) that addressed the following issues:

  • How important are microplastics for each of us – and around us?
  • Who is connected – directly and indirectly – to microplastics, and to the search for solutions that can reduce microplastics to the sea?
  • How can I adapt my own activities and professional practices so as to reduce the release of microplastics to the sea?
  • Addressing the “microplastics & sea” challenges: can we define priority(ies) (who, where, what, how)?

Contributions from participants (be it during the side event or via a questionnaire distributed during the conference) stressed the interest in these issues, and the range of practical and operational answers that do already exist. How best to combine bottom-up and top-down approaches for ensuring a collective “change of practice”, and preconditions  for making changes possible and effectives, are questions to be further investigated.

Thanks to the Micro 2016 organisers for supporting ResponSEAble in the organization of this side event!

2nd Annual partners meeting in Athens

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From May 10th to May 13th, all partners meet in Athens for the 2nd Annual Partners Meeting of ResponSEAble. This event is organized back-to-back with the annual meeting of our sister EU-funded project SeaChange.

The meeting will investigate the key principles of effective Ocean Literacy (OL),  (a) reviewing progress with project activities and (b) investigating during interactive workshops the way individual Work Packages (WPs) can jointly contribute to so-called “ResponSEAble stories” (a combination of ecosystem challenges and socio-economic developments seen as key to the future of our European seas). It will also provide the opportunity for the launching of ResponSEAble’s Ocean Literacy Think Tank (OLTT), a group of high-level experts and stakeholders that will guide us in contributing cost-effectively to Ocean Literacy in Europe. Finally, the meeting will pave the way for activities to be implemented in 2016-2017.

Common SeaChange & ResponSEAble workshops will be organized during this Athens week. These will discuss: knowledge for OL; assessing the effectiveness of OL; and, opportunities for transatlantic initiatives on OL.

European Maritime Day in Turku

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ResponSEAble will be represented at the European Maritime Day in Turku, Finland, 18-19 May by the team of Baltic Environmental Forum with an exhibition booth at the networking village and active participation in several workshops. We will discuss with the participants of the event about their understanding of Ocean Literacy, about value chains, knowledge and perception and introduce the ResponSEAble project.

Kon-Tiki 2 safely home

The Expedition consists of two balsa rafts that left Lima in Peru on Nov 7th, 2015, and arrived on Easter Island just before Christmas. On Jan 6th, 2016, the rafts started the demanding return voyage. During the expedition,  Kon-Tiki2 has done important scientific research on climate change, marine life, plastics, and pollution in the Pacific.

After 114 days at sea, in one of the strongest El Niño years recorded, the Kon-Tiki 2 decided to end the expedition in the South Pacific. Large sets of unique data on climate change and pollution will now be analyzed.