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There is currently a lot of noise around ocean health. And while this particular noise is well meaning, and often a force for good, it can also be a little overwhelming. Is it plastics, acidification or overfishing that does the most harm to the ocean? Is the solution to the plastic problem one of culture, recycling or lobbying? Should we try to save coral reefs or cod? And so on. It is our view at BOAT International that we need to quieten the noise, harness what we do best and focus on the impact that we can control.

That is why our annual Oceans Issue focuses on storytelling: a celebration of the bold individuals and organisations creating solutions on the front line of ocean health. This year’s stories range from the philanthropic efforts of superyacht owner Ernesto Bertarelli, to the extraordinary winners of the 2019 Ocean Awards, which BOAT International and the Blue Marine Foundation have now held for four years. But we want to do more than talk; we also want to incite action.

On 12 June our second Ocean Talks event will take place, once again at the Royal Geographical Society in London and open to all (for tickets, visit ocean-talks.com). The backbone of this gathering is our Yachts for Science project – for want of a better explanation, a matchmaking service for scientists and boats.

We want to galvanise the yachting industry, in all its forms, into a global sea-saving navy that helps to get scientists – or in some cases, just their kit – on to the water. Without robust science, and scientists, there is no knowledge, and without knowledge the noise is meaningless. So please join us at Ocean Talks and help turn words into action. If you can’t make it, go to boatint.com/ocean-research to see what you can do to help.

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Stewart Campbell

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