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November 03, 2010

Sylvia Earle Visits Cabo Pulmo, in Baja, Mexico

Academy of Achievements
"Her Deepness" -Real Queen of the Oceans

Sylvia Earle, called "Her Deepness" is an oceanographer, explorer, author, and lecturer with experience as a field research scientist. She also is executive director for corporate and nonprofit organizations, including the Aspen Institute, the Conservation Fund, American Rivers, Mote Marine Laboratory, Duke University Marine Laboratory, Rutgers Institute for Marine Science, the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, National Marine Sanctuary Foundation, and Ocean Conservancy.

She is the author of more than 125 publications and research and children’s’ books concerning marine science and technology. She has participated in numerous television productions and given scientific, technical, and general interest lectures in more than 60 countries.

Earle has led more than 400 expeditions worldwide involving in excess of 7000 hours underwater in connection with her research. She won the TED Prize in 2009, a global set of conferences curated by the non-profit Sapling Foundation, formed to disseminate "ideas worth spreading" where a $100,000 price is awarded annually to help its winners realize a chosen wish to change the world

 Hope Spots

Sylvia Earle Alliance (SEA) has established Hope Spots around the world which are special places that are critical to the health of the ocean, Earth's blue heart. Some of these Hope Spots are already protected, while others are important enough that it is imperative that they be protected. About 12% of the land around the world is now under some form of protection (as national parks, world heritage sites, monuments, etc.), while less than one percent of the ocean is protected in any way.

She is Considering Making  the Sea of Cortez a Hope Spot Soon

The Gulf of California has been suffering from overfishing and bottom trawling, which both depletes the fish population and causes considerable damage to the sea floor. Pollution from fisheries around the coast are also infecting the waters and a reduction in flow from the Colorado River, which feeds the Gulf, is causing problems that have not yet been fully understood. The Gulf is entirely under the jurisdiction of Mexico, and despite efforts from the government, including the recent establishment three Marine Protected Areas, political instability has made protecting the area quite difficult. Large areas of the coast are unmonitored, and the fisheries largely ignore conservation measures. The Marine Protected Areas are an important first step, but overall there is far too little being done to preserve the ecosystem in the Gulf.