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Curated topical articles on the Blue Economy

Blue Briefs: Giving Guide

Investable Oceans Fisheries & Aquaculture Plastics & Pollution

This giving season we invite you to SHOP BLUE with thoughtful and unique gifts that support our blue planet. These gifts hold meaning and simultaneously support ocean conservation, exploration, or our blue economy. Here are our team’s favorite blue buys!

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How Ocean Data Innovation Is Changing How We See The Sea

Kate Wing, David Millar, Aaron Roan Energy Solutions Fisheries & Aquaculture Plastics & Pollution Shipping & Ports Tourism

The next wave of transformation in ocean understanding will come from improving our ability to discover and connect this data, giving us a clearer picture of what’s happening under the waves and envisioning new ocean solutions.

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Greenpeace Report: ‘Most Plastic Is Just Not Recyclable’

Olivia Rosane, EcoWatch Plastics & Pollution

We can’t recycle our way out of the plastic pollution crisis. 

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How To Shift The Ocean Narrative For A Sustainable Blue Economy

Martin Koehring, Economist Impact Energy Solutions Fisheries & Aquaculture Plastics & Pollution Shipping & Ports

A blog by Martin Koehring, head of Economist Impact’s World Ocean Initiative and keynote speaker at the 30th anniversary of the John Nurminen Foundation

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New Report: Most Plastic Is Just Not Recyclable

Olivia Rosane, EcoWatch Plastics & Pollution

We can’t recycle our way out of the plastic pollution crisis. 

That’s the definitive conclusion of a new Greenpeace report released Monday that found that only five to six percent of plastics in the U.S. were actually recycled, a major decline from the still relatively low highs of 9.5 percent in 2014 and 8.7 percent in 2018. (For comparison, glass had a recycling rate of 31.3 percent in 2018, according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, while aluminum had a rate of 34.9 percent.)

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Saving Oceans Through Science

Kevin Maher, Triton News Plastics & Pollution

SeaKeepers offers crew a chance to pitch in and become a part of the solution.

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Blue Briefs: Blue Economy

Marilu Cristina Flores, Investable Oceans Energy Solutions Fisheries & Aquaculture Plastics & Pollution Tourism

Our ocean anchors a multi-trillion dollar economy that continues to grow — providing us with the air we breathe, the food we eat, and inspiring travel and recreation. 

The Investable Oceans team keeps its thumb on the pulse of some of the latest trends, technologies, and innovations in the Blue Economy space we're thrilled to share our top picks with you!


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Hofseth Biocare Sees Stars Starting to Align for Upcycled Ingredients

Stephen Daniells Energy Solutions Plastics & Pollution

With a full suite a successful New Dietary Ingredient Notifications (NDINs) and steady stream of peer-reviewed publications substantiating its claims, Hofseth Biocare (HBC) is feeling bullish about its portfolio of upcycled ingredients.

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Ocean Investing Coming Into Focus

Nasdaq Energy Solutions Fisheries & Aquaculture Plastics & Pollution Shipping & Ports Tourism

Oceans and other bodies of water cover a vast majority of Earth, but a case can be made that investors’ portfolios are too dry when it comes to sustainable ocean investing concepts.

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Bioplastics Made of Bacteria to Reduce Plastic Waste in Oceans

University of rochester Plastics & Pollution

The Nereid Biomaterials team, including Rochester biologist Anne S. Meyer, has created the first ocean instrument made with 3D-printed internal parts composed of bioplastics.

The instrument will be replicated and deployed in swarms to enable distributed measurements of the ocean carbon cycle. But because they will be made of bioplastic designed to degrade in oceans, the instruments will not add to the growing problem of (nondegradable) plastic marine pollution. Future applications may extend well beyond ocean instrumentation.

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Solving the Plastic Crisis Through Community Empowerment

Libby Leonard, EcoWatch Plastics & Pollution

A report from the United Nations, polluting facilities and industries — particularly the companies drilling for the oil that helps make plastic — are often placed in vulnerable communities, who are now subject to toxins from plastic incineration as well as other hazards from disposal.

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Indigenous-Led Solutions Essential to Reversing Plastic Pollution, Researchers Say

Cristen Hemingway Jaynes, EcoWatch Plastics & Pollution

A new paper explores that making the rights and needs of Indigenous people a priority is essential to turning the tide of plastic pollution and putting a stop to plastic dumping on Te Moananui.

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UNDP launches second cohort of Ocean Innovators

Sangita Khadka Energy Solutions Fisheries & Aquaculture Plastics & Pollution

United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) introduces its second cohort of 10 ocean innovators.

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New Wood Chip Carrier Will Collect Ocean Microplastics

Marine Technology News Plastics & Pollution Shipping & Ports

News story on a new wood chip carrier which will collect ocean microplastics.

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5 innovators adding value to plastic waste and improving working conditions

Seruni Putri Soewondo, World Economic Forum Plastics & Pollution

Plastic waste pollution in Southeast Asia is at alarming levels and thus calls for urgent solutions.

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Plastic pollution: These are the top emitters of microplastics in our oceans

Martin Armstrong, Statista Plastics & Pollution

This statista article by The World Economic Forum explores the top emitters of microplastics in our oceans.

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Ocean plastic pollution: investing for social and financial returns

Ellen Martin, World Ocean Initiative Plastics & Pollution

A guest blog by World Ocean Summit Asia-Pacific speaker Ellen Martin, chief impact officer at Circulate Capital.

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So much plastic pours into the sea every year that species are now endemic to it.

Chris Michael, The Guardian Plastics & Pollution

A new Guardian series looks at where it comes from, the harm it does and what can be done about it.

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Turning the Tide on Ocean Plastics by Using Waste as a Resource

Hal Partenheimer, Plastics Today Plastics & Pollution

Recycling ocean plastics and converting the waste into new products is still in its infancy, but organizations, startups, and established companies around the world are starting to make waves.

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A U.K. startup is building the world’s largest algae farm that each year will capture CO2 equal to the emissions of 8,000 cars

Bernhard Warner, Fortune Energy Solutions Plastics & Pollution

For decades, scientists have been studying the wondrous carbon sequestration powers of marine algae.

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