Our Overall Goal: To support charities focused on marine conservation.

Marine ecosystems around the world have suffered severe degradation around the world in the last few decades. Many fish stocks are severely overfished; warming waters and other factors have led to a loss a large proportion of the world’s coral reef ecosystems, and runoff from agriculture and other activities is impacting coastal ecosystems. A loss of biodiversity at this scale is of concern in and of itself but additionally, these losses lead to reduced food security for many communities, loss of revenue from fishing and tourism, and increased costs and loss of life associated with storm damage.

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Rowing Across An Ocean, For The Oceans

The four of us have been involved in marine conservation for many years and we’ve seen firsthand the urgency with which positive change is needed. The great news is that in many cases, we have a good handle on ways to manage marine ecosystems more sustainably, e.g. with more marine protected areas, better fisheries management and sustainable aquaculture, and controlling coastal pollution. And there are many amazing organizations around the world that are helping move us in that direction—through advocacy and direct action! The message behind our Atlantic Campaign is simple: rowing across an ocean, for the oceans. We are raising funds to support charities that focus on evidence-based solutions to marine conservation issues.

How We Chose

We are splitting our fundraising efforts three ways, which reflects our team’s origins and experiences: some of us are Canadian, some of us are American, so we wanted to support charities based in both of our home countries. But also, we’ve all spent a lot of time working in the Eastern Caribbean, and with the race ending in Antigua we feel strongly that our efforts should also raise funds for marine conservation efforts in the West Indies.

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Our Goal

More specifically, we aim to raise at least $300,000 for marine conservation organizations, split evenly between the The Bamfield Marine Sciences Center -a non-profit research center for students entering into conservation, Green Wave—a non-profit based in Connecticut (USA) dedicated to sustainable ocean farming, and Shellback Expeditions—a non-profit started by Chantale and colleagues dedicated to marine conservation projects in the Eastern Caribbean. Specifics of projects supported by these funds below.

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The Bamfield Marine Sciences Centre is a world-class teaching and research facility located on the outer west coast of Vancouver Island, Canada, situated in the traditional territory of the Huu-ay-aht First Nations. Bamfield hosts field courses taught by several universities every year, and supports research in many different aspects of marine ecology and conservation. The funds we raise will go specifically to the creation of a scholarship fund for undergraduate and graduate students of underrepresented minorities to attend these courses and carry out marine conservation research.

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Green Wave’s mission is to train and support regenerative ocean farmers in the era of climate change. Regenerative ocean farming is a polyculture system that grows kelp and shellfish—crops which require no input of food or fertilizer, making them the most sustainable food production on the planet! Kelp is extremely nutritious and can be used in a variety of commercial applications, from fertilizer for land-based farming to a biodegradable alternative to plastic packaging.

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Shellback was founded in 2017 to support marine research, conservation and education, with a special focus on the Eastern Caribbean. Shellback has supported research to find better and more accurate ways of measuring sediment accumulation rates on coral reefs which is crucial to understand how land use affects downstream reefs and use this information for management decisions. Shellback also supports continued reef monitoring efforts throughout the region by linking university students in service-learning field courses with community partners interested in data that can be generated through these courses.

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