Need Help with Safety Equipment

For years, Protect The Ocean survived by donating our time and effort. Often this meant putting off our jobs, the way we make a living, because the events in the world were simply too important to put off. Like last summer, when Protect The Ocean figured out why BP was using Corexit instead of any of the less harmful cleanup agents. For over a month straight, JT worked on nothing but the Gulf. Even after that month, about half of his time for the rest of the summer was dedicated to stopping the use of this deadly solvent.

The SV Balance, a circumnavigation veteran.

We have a ship now, a 41’ bluewater sailboat that will be the foundation for research out in the middle of the Gulf, in the Pacific Gyre, and beyond. We’ll be working cooperatively with other organizations, sharing the information gathered, and showing the world the true condition of our precious oceans. Why a sailboat? She’ll use nearly no fuel, cost far less to operate, and not hurt whales or dolphins along the way.   If possible, we’ll equip her with an electric motor and solar panels as well.  Whenever possible, it’s important that we lead by example.

Saving the ocean is a pretty tall order. There are lots of projects, things to do, from sampling the waters for toxins, to teaching indigenous people to fish with other forms of bait instead of killing endangered freshwater dolphins. And along the way, we’ll free sea turtles that have gotten entangled in nets, help other organizations as we can, and do our best to be model environmental citizens.

We need your help. Your donations will fund the safety equipment needed, things like an EPIRB (so that if there’s an emergency in the middle of the ocean we can signal for help,) a life boat, an onboard dive compressor, a watermaker, better video equipment… the many things that go into a successful campaign for the oceans.

We’re not a big organization. We talk in terms of hundreds and thousands, not tens of millions of dollars. And we can get a lot done with a little bit of money.  Not everyone understands how important the oceans are. Far too many people are saying Somebody ought to do something. We know that we are all that “Somebody.” Please give what you can. Help us protect the ocean. By protecting the ocean, we bring life and health to ourselves.

NOTE: Please use the pull-down menu below to select how much you’re willing to give to help us with this very worthy campaign.

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