Ocean Champions recently hosted a really cool event to discuss the state of our ocean.
HELP PROTECT WHAT WE ALL LOVE - - WE ALL DESERVE A CLEAN OCEAN & SO DOES EVERY GENERATION TO COME.
Who are Ocean Champions? Ocean Lovers from all walks of life. Doing the worlds most important work.
The event was two fold. We visited two locations. One location was the beautiful Aquarium of the Pacific. As well we visited the Los Angeles Harbor thats currently undergoing a massive facelift. In fact the following images will show the future home for a world class Marine and Oceanography research center that will also be a home for The Nautilus research vessel.
Welcome to the Port of Los Angeles
When I was in grammar school this port was my very first field trip. I hadn't been back to this location on this pier since that time some forty years ago. I remember vividly cruising around here then visiting a nearby beach and aquarium. It's our hope that all the worlds children for now and forever can be given the same opportunity.
Port of Los Angeles, CA
So that we can avoid this.
Robert Duane Ballard (born June 30, 1942) is a retired United States Navy officer and a professor of oceanography at the University of Rhode Island who is most noted for his work in underwater archaeology: maritime archaeology and archaeology of shipwrecks. He is most known for the discoveries of the wrecks of the RMS Titanic in 1985, the battleship Bismarck in 1989, and the aircraft carrier USS Yorktown in 1998. He discovered the wreck of John F. Kennedy's PT-109 in 2002 and visited Biuku Gasa and Eroni Kumana, who saved its crew. He leads ocean exploration on E/V Nautilus.
State of the Art Research Vessel doing the worlds most important research. All in an effort to keep OUR WORLDS PRECIOUS OCEANS CLEAN. "The sea, the great unifier, is man's only hope."- JACQUE COUSTEAU 1910-1997
Ocean Champions Advocates board The Nautilus.
PHILLIPE COUSTEAU Grandson to Jacque Cousteau boards the Nautilus docked in the San Pedro Harbor , which will be home to a new incredible state of the art ocean institute.
Next stop. The Long Beach Aquarium.
Long Beach Aquarium
We Love this place, always have and always will.
Dr. Jerry Schubel, president and CEO of the Aquarium of the Pacific in Long Beach along with my good friend Vipe Desai Welcoming the crowd.
United States Senator from Alaska, Mark Begich
Phillipe Cousteau delivering his recent work and how that work is effecting positive change. This work is never ending and we must all do our part no matter how small we think it may be or insignificant, it doesn't matter. Just do it.
SCIENCE AND POLITICS ... ENTER ...David Wilmot, Co-Founder and President of Ocean Champions - David Wilmot brings over thirty years of experience in ocean science, environmental policy, non-profit governance and fundraising, and political advocacy to Ocean Champions. David received his MS and BS from the University of Georgia where he also Co-Founded Students for Environmental Awareness. David traveled to the west coast to study the recently discovered deep-sea hydrothermal vents and received his PhD in marine biology from Scripps Institution of Oceanography, University of California, San Diego. Next came the jump to advocacy with service as the Executive Director of the Ocean Wildlife Campaign (OWC) where for eight years he worked to build this coalition of six national and international organizations into the leading voice for the conservation of large ocean fishes. - See more at: https://www.oceanchampions.org/board-of-directors/#sthash.hg2ojxIo.dpuf - See more at: https://www.oceanchampions.org/board-of-directors/#sthash.m4Ula5Eg.dpuf
MEET my incredible friend Vipe Desai- FATHER HUSBAND SURFER BRAND BUILDER OCEAN CUSTODIAN LOVER and FORWARD THINKER. Vipes on the Board of Directors at Ocean Champions - The majority of Vipe’s life could be described as a 30 year personal case study in action sports, giving him a unique insight into this dynamic subset of youth culture. A passionate surfer since the age of 14, Vipe operated one of the most influential action sports retail businesses in Southern California, founded and managed the daily operations of a youth brand consultancy and most recently held a senior marketing role at Monster Energy, one of the most globally recognizable brands in the beverage industry where he was responsible for athlete relations, event sponsorships and brand partnerships on a global level. -THANK YOU VIPE for all YOUR TIME, EFFORTS, WINS, LOSSES, SPIRIT, POSITIVITY and INSPIRATION. See more at: https://www.oceanchampions.org/board-of-directors/#sthash.hg2ojxIo.dpuf