October 2021


Welcome to our October Newsletter.

We hope everyone is doing well.

COP26 and the Oceans

With COP26 less than a month away and the United Nations Oceans Conference now set for June 2022, there’s a palpable sense of energy and determination to take ocean and climate initiatives to a new level. Energy Solutions, a core focus of the COP, is one of Investable Oceans’ five Blue Economy sectors, and we believe (as we wrote in this piece last year) that climate action is ocean action and that solutions that are good for the oceans are also good for the climate.

We look forward to seeing those of you joining COP in person in Glasgow. Will you be there? Please let us know at info@investableoceans.com. And you can follow the COP here, as well as at the impressive World Resources Institute’s COP26 Resource Hub.

Calendar and Newsletter highlights

Beyond COP, the October calendar is packed with engaging events. You can see a number of them below, and make sure to click through to the full calendar to see many more. In honor of World Octopus Day this Friday, check out our featured book from the creators of the Academy Award Winning documentary ‘My Octopus Teacher.’ Additionally, we have featured the Blue Food Assessment’s highlights from the very first UN Food Systems Summit to recognize and celebrate National Seafood Month.

Oceanic Global Launches the Blue Standard

This innovative, holistic program seeks to create real change by helping businesses and consumers make better decisions — for themselves and the oceans. The standard includes robust approaches such as plastic-free labels for products and packaging and education for businesses on how to lead the blue wave. Learn more about the Blue Standard and check out one of Oceanic Global’s virtual launch events, listed on our calendar.

Blue Economy Discussions/Events Involving Investable Oceans

In September we were delighted to be the lead article in Green Money’s very first Oceans and Climate issue. This gave us the opportunity to expand on our mission statement “to simplify and accelerate market-based sustainable ocean investing across all asset classes and all sectors of the Blue Economy”. We hope you’ll have a look, and as always are interested in exploring these topics further with members of our community.

We also recently joined the Advisory Board of The Ocean Opportunity Lab (TOOL), an innovative ocean hub based in Norway, and participated in one of their panels at this year’s Oslo Innovation Week (OIW). Vanessa and Ted also participated in the Leaders on Purpose CEO Summit speaking on climate change, oceans and water. This Saturday (Oct 9th) Ted will be hosting a virtual panel Exploring the Deep at the Diving Talks event in Portugal, featuring deep ocean pioneers Edie Widder, Peter Girguis and Ana Colaco. Later this month we’ll also be presenting virtually at the International Science conference. We hope to see you at some of these events!

Thank you, as always, for your support.

Ted, Brian, Vanessa and Glenn




Meet the Experts -- Dr. David Shiffman.

In honor of national seafood month we're featuring David Shiffman — shark scientist and fisheries expert. David speaks to how new technology can be used to ensure "sustainable seafood" isn't just a buzzword.




Net Positive

Released yesterday, this book co-authored by Paul Polman, former CEO of Unilever and sustainability pioneer, makes for a great pre-COP26 read.


Manta rays inspire new device to filter microplastics

By studying the way a manta ray feeds on plankton, scientists in the US have designed a filtration system that captures the tiny fragments without getting clogged.


Underwater Wild: My Octopus Teacher's Extraordinary World

An immersive literary journey into the underwater world that inspired the Academy Award-winning documentary My Octopus Teacher, authored by the film’s creators.


Basia Goszczynska

This Brooklyn-based Artivist explores environmental and waste issues by redressing the value of discarded objects through sculpture, installation, new media and performance.



Bringing Blue Food to the Policy Table: Highlights from the U.N. Food Systems Summit

Quick overview of the first-ever United Nations Food Systems Summit with key takeaways from community leaders and national delegates. You can also explore the BFA website for newly released reports on the latest science and policy of blue foods.


Google Is Now Helping Travelers Go Green

Google has released two search engine features to help accelerate the transition to sustainable travel and tourism. “Eco-Certified” labels and “About” tabs with detailed sustainability practices for hotels are intended to offer travelers more transparency against greenwashing.


IPCC WGI Interactive Atlas

A novel tool for exploring climate scenarios that draws on global and regional databases and includes over 30 different variables and indices. Users can look at different time periods and scenarios, customize seasons and specify regions for synthesized information.


OCTOBER 7th 6.00 PM - 8.00 PM EST

Save Our Seas - Shark Conservation

OCTOBER 8th - 10th

Diving Talks 2021

OCTOBER 14th 11.00 AM - 12.00 PM EST

BlueSwell Incubator: Meet the Founders

OCTOBER 24th - 26th

10th Annual Ocean Exchange

46 East 70th Street, New York, New York 10021


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