indigenous graduate research projects
Each Year Ocean Revolution supports graduate and undergraduate student tuition and research in marine biology and coastal management at Eduardo Mondlane University in Mozambique and University of Sonora in Mexico. Last year Alima Taju and Damboia Cossa received their MScs from UEM in Maputo, Mozambique. She now works for one of the world's most innovative and sustainable finfish aquaculture companies, AquaPemba in Pemba, Mozambique. She is not studying production or feed ratios but how the operation impacts Pemba Bay and how to make the open water pens act in a positive way for ocean ecology.
supporting traditional knowledge
Ocean Revolution works with Indigenous Communities to support projects, provide funding skills, facilitate knowledge-transfer, and create international networks capable of influencing local, regional and global action; bringing recognition to these communities, helping to assuring justice, and providing a framework for responsible economic development.
A major Leatherback nesting area was recently discovered in Armila, Panama, home of Guna Indians who have been protecting these leatherbacks for hundreds of years. The communities of Armila and Yandup (a significant Hawksbill nesting area), over 9 hours apart by boat, have struggled to spread prohibitions on the possession of turtle to all of Panama. They are demanding a return to their traditional turtle protections to rebuild populations decimated by years of outsider’s demands for turtle products for medicinal and consumptive purposes. In 2010 the Guna, supported by Ocean Revolution declared their territory a protected area and held the first Panama Sea Turtle Festival. Now Morrison Mast and Amanda Gibson have embarked on a much richer relationship with the Guna. You can follow their work on their BLOG
This film was made by Romelia and Eunice Barnett. Led by the Comcáac Environmental Monitoring team, young members of the Comcáac tribe in Sonora Mexico have begun a project of monitoring and restoring the mangroves which are the nursery for their traditional fisheries. They collect "orphan seedling" (ones that have become displaced and dislocated by human impact, storms, and other natural events. They raise them to a survivable size in discarded plastic bottles and then plant them in areas that have been damaged by human and natural causes. This not only restores the "nursery" area. Mangroves are a major "carbon sink" for excess C02 generated by the burning of fossil fuels.
Ocean Revolution Moçambique recently received a grant from The Ambassadors Fund for Cultural Projects in Maputo Mozambique.
The Department of State established the AFCP in order to show a different American face to the world – one that is non-commercial, non-political, and non-military – through the preservation of cultural heritage.
The US Embassy Maputo applied for this competitive fund in partnership with Ocean Revolution and Bitonga Divers, and received $63,724 for Training in the Documentation of Underwater Sites of Significance Regarding the Slave Trade from Eastern Africa. This represents the first time in approximately five years that Mozambique has received AFCP support from the Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs.
“Ocean Revolution is an international movement of extraordinary people working on ocean projects and fighting for biocultural diversity but we are considerably more complex. It’s the “considerably more” this Ambassadors Fund Cultural Project is about.
Our planet, a tiny speck in the Universe, represents the entire web of belief and ritual, the songs, stories, paintings and poems, the love between parents and hopeful children, the secrets of couples in love, of hunters, explorers and inventors, and everything done or thought by every human being that we have ever known, ever heard of or that has ever lived.
It also holds in evidence the endless sea of blood and cruelties inflicted by some members of the human species on other members in pursuit of momentary possession of small corners of our planet.
This project and Ocean Revolution are bent on uncovering things hidden in the sea, on keeping them alive until we can understand something about them, whether it’s scientific discovery or secrets of our human nature.
The AFCP project is related to a larger project entitled, “The African Slave Wrecks Project,” which is an international collaboration involving several high-level partners.
“The partners of the African Slaves Wrecks Project, including the Smithsonian, SAHRA, IZIKO and the US Park Service are pleased to be able to support our partner DWP (Diving With A Purpose) and Ocean Revolution in this effort to identify and protect important cultural heritage that brings the African diaspora together. The first step in such a process is to raise awareness about the importance of such heritage and of protecting it. ASWP will work with Ocean Revolution and the Mozambican academic community to leverage this effort into a longer-term collaboration that investigates and protects the cultural heritage of the global slave trade”
On September 30, 2013, at 11:00 am, a private grant signing ceremony took place with the award recipient and various members of the project