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January 2015

Blue Latitudes is officially launched as a Limited Liability Company (LLC), with a mission to explore anthropogenic influences in the ocean with the intent of finding silver linings for ocean conservation. The ocean is resilient and powerful. It's all about perspective.

Also this month:

- Named one of the “Top 10 Under 30 Leaders Changing the West” by High Country Magazine

- Published Article on National Geographic’s Ocean Views Blog: “Harvesting the Unlikely Fruits of Oil and Gas”. This article investigated the bio-productivity associated with California’s Oil and Gas Platforms and the potential they have to contribute to varying aquaculture interests.

February 2015
       
     
February 2015

Blue Latitudes LLC partners with Dr. Sylvia Earle’s non-profit organization, Mission Blue.

Also this month:

- Collaborated with Matuse and the “Cant Knock the Hustle Campaign” whose focus is to “Educate by telling a story, enhancing cultural and environmental awareness” to develop a video on the California Rigs to Reefs program. Watch here: https://vimeo.com/128640230

March 2015
       
     
March 2015

Gave a lecture on Rigs to Reefs at the Explorers Club Annual Dinner in NYC.The Explorers Club promotes the scientific exploration of land, sea, air, and space by supporting research and education in the physical, natural and biological sciences. The Club’s members have been responsible for an illustrious series of famous firsts: First to the North Pole, first to the South Pole, first to the summit of Mount Everest, first to the deepest point in the ocean, first to the surface of the moon.


 

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April 2015

Published an editorial in ECO Magazine, “Rigs-to-Reefs: A Solution to Repurpose California’s Offshore Oil Rigs”.

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May 2015

Raised $6K through an IndieGoGo campaign to fund expeditions to visually document oil rigs that are functioning as artificial reefs in the Gulf of Mexico and California. The sites we will explore are proofs of concept, and largely unknown to the outside world. With this funding we will assemble a team of underwater, aerial, and interview videographers to create a mini documentary on re-visioning the decommissioning process through the Rigs to Reefs program in California.


This was a 3 part campaign, to learn more, please visit the origincal campaign page: https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/rig2reef-exploration#/

June 2015
       
     
June 2015

Traveled to Scotland to deliver the Key-Note address at the Decommissioning of Offshore Sub-Sea Structures (DOSS) Conference. 

Also this month:

- Published our first Scientific Paper for the Decommissioning of Offshore Sub-Sea Structures (DOSS) Conference in Glasgow, Scotland:  “Rigs to Reefs: Exploring the Future of California’s Offshore Oil and Gas Platforms”.

- Traveled to Den Haag in the Netherlands to meet with the Living North Sea Initiative (LiNSI) and discuss the potential to develop a successful Rigs to Reefs program in the North Sea. We have continued to collaborate with LiNSI in the hopes of developing an educational outreach program platform.

July 2015
       
     
July 2015

Traveled to Texas to join a Government/ Industry Research Cruise. This expedition was dedicated to exploring the Rigs to Reefs program in the Gulf of Mexico and discussing the complexities of decommissioning the vast array of offshore structures found there in regards to the local ecosystems, regulations, and cost. It was a unique opportunity to bring together the regulators, the regulated and research scientists with an aim to preserve ocean resources in the Gulf.

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August 2015

Blue Latitudes was profiled in Origin Magazine as a “Top 100 Ocean Hero” among an array of other ocean accomplished scientists including: Dr. Walter Munk, Andy Sharpless, etc.

Also this month:

Awarded a Grant from Patagonia. These monies went towards future Blue Latitude research expeditions.

- Published Article on National Geographic’s Ocean Views Blog: “Removing Oil Rigs from the North Sea – is Europe up for the Challenge?”. This article focused on highlighting the potential for the development of a Rigs to Reefs program in the North Sea, and the challenges that such a program would face.

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September 2015

Social Media Milestone: Follower base on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook reached 17k followers.

Also this month:

- Published an article on National Geographic’s Ocean Views Blog: “Exploring Resilient Reefs on Oil Platforms in the Gulf of Mexico”. This article detailed our Government/Industry Research Expedition in the Flower Garden Banks National Marine Sanctuary in the Gulf of Mexico.

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October 2015

Conducted a Research Dive Expedition, in collaboration with the New York Times, on Platforms Eureka, Elly and Ellen in California. 

Also this month:

- Published White-Paper Journal Article in the DECOM World Journal “Market Insight for Decommissioning: Rigs to Reefs as a Cost Effective Solution”. This article aimed to evaluate the full potential for North Sea and California projects to save costs on decommissioning by re-purposing the obsolete oil platforms as artificial reefs. 

- Participated as representatives for Mission Blue during Neil Young’s GMO Free Musical Tour and Activist Village, at the University of San Diego California. The role of the Activist Village was to act as a coalition of leading organizations tackling today’s greatest challenges through education, legislation, and news delivery.

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November 2015

Blue Latitudes collaborated with Keiko Conservation to develop a short educational video that brings attention to the ecological benefits of the Rigs to Reefs Program. To learn more about Keiko Conservation visit: http://www.keikoconservation.com/

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December 2015

Blue Latitudes coordinated a panel on Rigs to Reefs for the largest Conference on Offshore Oil and Gas Decommissioning, DECOM World. The purpose of this panel is to discuss relevant issues surrounding the Rig to Reef Program, with a focus on the biological, political and management aspects of the program in front of a multi-disciplinary audience, including operators, scientists, owners and policy makers.