Although it is one of the most extraordinary and biologically productive ecosystems in the world, New England’s ocean – deep, dark and cold – remains unknown to most.  Now, Conservation Law Foundation (CLF) and renowned photojournalist Brian Skerry will reveal its mysteries in the New England Ocean Odyssey, a first-of-its-kind journey beneath New England’s waves.

Extending from Cape Cod to Nova Scotia, the Gulf of Maine and its surrounding waters have been the economic bedrock of New England’s coastal communities, supporting a wide variety of commercial and recreational activities. Unfortunately, many factors currently threaten the vitality of the Gulf of Maine ecosystem. Decades of pollution of our marine waterways, coastal habitat destruction, overfishing and bottom trawling have wrought havoc in the form of extensive habitat loss and diminished biodiversity. Growing worldwide demand for seafood, coupled with reduced ecosystem productivity, has depleted fish populations, threatening the economic vitality of our coastal communities. New uses of our ocean for renewable energy, gas pipelines, desalinization and sand and gravel mining are further taxing the ocean ecosystem, and global warming is affecting the productivity of our oceans in profound ways that we are only now beginning to understand. Restoring health to these important resources as rapidly as possible is a national imperative.

After three decades of exploring the world’s oceans, Uxbridge, Massachusetts resident Brian Skerry will return to his native New England to conduct a series of dives for CLF, exploring both coastal areas and deep sea habitats far offshore. Through Skerry’s exclusive photographs and first-hand accounts of his diving expeditions, the New England Ocean Odyssey will provide a never-before-seen view of the amazing riches of New England’s ocean and bring attention to the very real issues facing it. Over the next five years, the New England Ocean Odyssey will explore a half-dozen special places in the Gulf of Maine, including Cashes Ledge, Jeffreys Ledge, Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary, Jordan Basin, Deep Sea Canyons and Seamounts.

With Skerry as your guide, you will come to know and appreciate your ocean in ways you never imagined.

Conservation Law Foundation

CLF is a leader in ocean conservation, working to create sustainable fisheries, protect special places, manage ocean sprawl, and fight ocean pollution. Using innovative approaches backed by sound science, and legal advocacy, CLF aims to protect ocean ecosystems and help our coastal communities thrive. Founded in 1966, CLF is a non-profit, member-supported organization with offices in Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island and Vermont.

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Cashes Ledge
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