Sunday, June 2, 2013


OCEANOGRAPHY, The Environment

  We Have Two Projects That We Back Year Round: The Rozalia Project Focused On The Marine Debris Problem And The CoralBot Project Focused on Coral Reef Restoration. Both Use Marine Robotics In Their Mission. The "Swarm" Aspect Of The Coral Bot Has Great Potential Utility In Marine Debris Clean Up As Well As Coral Reef Repair. The CoralBot Project Has An Ongoing Fund Raiser at  Click On The Link And Donate Today. Click on The Rozalia Project Home Page To Learn How To Donate. Unfortunately Our Research Indicates That Volunteer And Academic Groups Dependent On Donations Are About It in Terms Of Ocean Damage Remedial Activity. We Urge Public Support Of All Such efforts.

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Check out this NOAA produced video on the marine debris problem


    One of our members "Teanna" , who we believe may also be a member of our Maryland Viking Tribe, the Longboat Company included this very interesting blog in her membership profile. We wanted to share it with our visitors and members and intend to post hyperlinks at various points around our blog to this very interesting maritime blog .( That is a hyperlink above, where you see the project name in light blue). The Rozalia project is about solid marine trash, lost nets, plastic waste, soft drink cans, just about anything that typically can be tossed or lost overboard. This stuff doesn't biodegrade very well or at all depending on which class of trash we are talking about. The Rozalia Project is rather small scale but very interesting and effective. The organization launches small scale clean up activities and experiments including technology tests from a sixty foot sailing vessel. The primary daily work force appears to consist of two humans and two non-humans (you'll have to link over for a more in-depth explanation of the non human roles). Including what appears to be a sort of board of directors with about a half a dozen members (we're not sure if the non-humans have seats on the directorate but they seem to have a lot of influence on the organization) the total organization appears to be a Herculean effort of about a dozen people augmented at times by volunteers.

Visiting the site reminded us that in the realm of solid marine trash most of the environmental clean up effort to date has been by small volunteer organizations. As we have been noting about the "Coralbot Project" in our "BACK THE BOT campaign nearly all clean up and environmental remediation efforts to date are small, private , staffed by volunteers and funded by donors.  We haven't seen many big governmental efforts in this area. Probably we'll never see big governmental efforts, and that might be a good thing. In the realm of marine trash we have met the enemy and they are us. We have to stop throwing things in the water and totally lose our "out of sight out of mind attitude." The Rozalia Project's Remotely Operated Vessel  (ROV) operations give us pictures of how our trash accumulates on the bottom. The  Rozalia uses ROVs which are very similar to the CoralBot project's "Bots" both educate us to the trash we are littering our water bottoms with and occasionally to remove some of it. The group not only participates in locating and removing trash, they study it and pictorially pull it up and shake it under our noses. We need it shaken under our noses. This is step one in the marine trash or in the techno speak du jour, "marine debris problem." We the general public; on the bank, on the fishing pier, on small commercial work boats, on yachts and recreational boats, and on the big seagoing ships in mid ocean need to stop trashing the sea and waterways so that the small scale clean up efforts, the only efforts at the moment have a chance to catch up.

American Admiralty Books and all of the American Admiralty activities urge you to "give a hoot and don't pollute" but also to support every marine debris reduction program you can find by donating time, labor, and money. Don't wait on big brother. All too often government solutions are like elephant mating, done at a high level , amid great noise, and requiring two years to see results. With our government lately, all too often those long delayed "results" are still born. We the people made this mess, let's stop making it and clean it up.  

Now does anyone out there have any advice for us on where to put hyperlinks within our blog to organizations like the Rozalia Project?  Our Oceanography Section comes to mind. Do we need a special "marine environmental" section distinct from the Oceanography section? Does a link belong in the Sailing section?  Any suggestions out there? There are always hyperlinks we discover that we think rate more than a single mention in a blog such as the Rozalia Project. We want our visitors to find not only advice and sources about maritime publications here, but also useful information from any source. Our parent group is American Admiralty Informational Services, that's our interest, marine information.

Thank you for considering the Rozalai Project and remember to "fight the stupids, read!"
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Again The Rozalia Project may be reached by clicking here: 



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