Pro-Surfer Helping to Make ‘Blue’ the New ‘Green’

How You, Too, Can Help Care for the Ocean

Public Service Announcement: My Water. [MOV]

Public Service Announcement: My Water is Your Water!

Dowloand Quicktime [MOV] (Credit: NOAA)

Whether you live along the coast or deep inside the heartland, the ocean plays a vital role in the life of every American. Covering more than 70 percent of our planet, oceans provides us with food to eat, sources of energy, commerce, transportation, jobs, recreation, places to live — even medicines that heal.

But, the future of our oceans and coasts is in jeopardy. Threats from climate change, marine debris, deteriorating coral reefs and poor water quality are negatively affecting the health and beauty of our coastal waters and shoreline.

NOAA leads the way in protecting our oceans and treasured marine places, but we can’t do it alone: keeping our ocean healthy starts with you.

Public Service Announcement: Nine time World Champion Surfer Kelly Slater asks you to Please Care.

Public Service Announcement: Nine time World Champion Surfer Kelly Slater asks you to Please Care.

Dowloand Quicktime [MOV] (Credit: NOAA)

What’s ‘Breaking’ the Waves and Destroying Our Reefs

One of America’s champions of ocean stewardship is also a (nine-time) champion in his own right: professional surfer Kelly Slater.

During his nearly 20 years as a pro-surfer, Kelly has crisscrossed the planet in search of perfect surf. Kelly recently spent time filming The Ultimate Wave Tahiti 3D, an IMAX® theater film that documents the beauty and culture of Tahiti and historic surf of Teahupo’o, considered by experts as one of the world’s most extreme waves.

NOAA scientists served as scientific advisors for the film. NOAA also is featured in the film’s Educator’s Guide, which is tied to National Education Standards and is available online.

In the course of his wave-driven travels, Kelly has witnessed many of the problems — below and above the wave break — that are destroying sensitive environments and posing grave risk to human and marine health. These include:

Public Service Announcement: Reducing pollution—you CAN make a difference!

Dowloand Quicktime [MOV] (Credit: NOAA)

Get Onboard and Go ‘Blue’

Much like “greening” our homes and workplaces, there are things we can all do every day to keep our oceans “blue.” Please care and join NOAA in making blue the new green by:

Public Service Announcement: How can you reduce marine debris? [MOV]

Public Service Announcement: How can you reduce marine debris?

Dowloand Quicktime [MOV] (Credit: NOAA)

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To learn more about how you can help "blue" the world's oceans, watch NOAA's new public service announcement featuring Kelly Slater and visit these Web resources. NOAA logo.

Web Resources

Get the Facts, Get Involved
Coral Protection
Marine Debris
Oceans & Human Health
National Marine Sanctuaries
Kelly Slater Foundation
Quiksilver Foundation
National Marine Sanctuary Foundation
Coastal America
Thank You Ocean