All posts by Victoria Bell

The Blue Vision Summit

Bringing Professionals and Concerned Citizens Together to Save Our Ocean

Just under two years ago I wrote a blog on the 5th Biennial Blue Vision Summit. At the time, I was the Ocean Policy Fellow for Marine Conservation Institute. Two years later I am the Associate Director of Blue Frontier and planning the 6th Blue Vision Summit, a multi-day gathering of U.S. senators, marine professionals, … Continue reading The Blue Vision Summit

Sold at Sea

What 21st Century Slavery Looks Like

“To deny any person their human rights is to challenge their very humanity. To impose on them a wretched life of hunger and deprivation is to dehumanize them.” – Nelson Mandela   According to the World Food and Agriculture Organization, about 85% of fish populations around the world are fully exploited or overfished and need … Continue reading Sold at Sea

Jaws: 40 Years Later is it Safe to Return to the Water?

“You’re gonna need a bigger boat.” – Chief Brody Arguably the most notable line from one of the most iconic movies in cinema history.  This year, Steven Spielberg’s Jaws, based on the book by Peter Benchley, celebrates its 40th anniversary and theatres all across the nation are bringing the classic film back to the big screen.  Jaws … Continue reading Jaws: 40 Years Later is it Safe to Return to the Water?

Healthy Oceans: Capitol Hill Day

150 Ocean Advocates from Blue Vision Summit Meet with 163 House and Senate Offices and Members to Talk About Vital Ocean Issues

The fifth Blue Vision Summit took place this week in Washington, DC, bringing in hundreds of grassroots ocean activists from all across the United States. The Summit began on Monday night with a panel that featured Ralph Nader and Congressman Sam Farr, followed by explorers Fabien Cousteau and Paul Rose, all of whom spoke of the importance of our oceans, … Continue reading Healthy Oceans: Capitol Hill Day

The Ones that Might Get Away

Pirate Fisherman Chased Across Southern Ocean

As water rushed into the ship and flooded the hull, any remaining evidence of illegal fishing activity disappeared as the Thunder, a notorious pirate fishing ship slowly sank into the ocean. Judging by the cheers from the captain and crew (conveniently already in life rafts), the Thunder’s demise was intentional, bringing to an end the … Continue reading The Ones that Might Get Away