Mark Spalding

Seeking Sanctuary Status for the Aleutian Islands Archipelago

By Mark J. Spalding with Catharine Cooper 4,405 miles from Washington D.C. lies a rugged chain of exquisitely beautiful islands. Extending from the tip of the Alaskan peninsula, the Aleutian Islands are home to one of the richest and most ...

Underwater Cultural Heritage As A Potential Environmental Time Bomb

In the area known as the Pacific theater of World War II, there are about “3800 underwater wrecks—submarines, airplanes, ship, and other remnants of hard fought battles.  And, that war produced 7800 such wrecks worldwide from all of the participating nations.  ...

Ocean Acidification from Domestic to International

  Since the industrial revolution began, we have released 2 trillion tons of carbon dioxide (CO2) into the atmosphere, and about one-third of it went into the ocean. We initially thought that the ocean taking up CO2 was a good thing – ...

Working Towards Sustainable Coastal Tourism

It is a little hard to admit that I was sitting on a plane when I wrote this.  I was flying home from a symposium in Grenada that was cosponsored by the Caribbean Tourism Organization (CTO), the Center for Responsible ...

Open Letter on the Occasion of the “Our Ocean” Conference

We thank Secretary Kerry and the US Department of State for their leadership in getting the US public and world community to focus on the importance of the ocean in addressing the challenges of Climate Change in general, and ocean ...

More, Bigger, Better Marine Conservation

Recently one of my peers referred to doing more conservation as addressing the problem of how to take marine protection to scale.  Covering nearly 70% of the planet and home to thousands of species of plants and animals, the ocean certainly ...

More, Bigger, Better Marine Conservation

Recently one of my peers referred to doing more conservation as addressing the problem of how to take marine protection to scale.  Covering nearly 70% of the planet and home to thousands of species of plants and animals, the ocean certainly ...

Drought and Flood Effects

It is a tale of too much and too little right now in the Northern Hemisphere.  Communities are suffering weather-induced miseries.  Crop production is way off, and the future of food production in the region is looking worse.  Ecosystems are ...

Drought and Flood Effects

It is a tale of too much and too little right now in the Northern Hemisphere.  Communities are suffering weather-induced miseries.  Crop production is way off, and the future of food production in the region is looking worse.  Ecosystems are ...

How Ocean Philanthropy Can Change the Tide

By Catharine Cooper and Mark Spalding It’s hard to imagine anyone who has not been changed by an experience of the sea.  Whether it is to walk by her side, swim in her cooling waters, or float on her ...

How Ocean Philanthropy Can Change the Tide

By Catharine Cooper and Mark Spalding It’s hard to imagine anyone who has not been changed by an experience of the sea.  Whether it is to walk by her side, swim in her cooling waters, or float on her ...

Stop the Trash

We once believed that the ocean was too big to fail, that we could take out as much fish, and dump in as much trash, debris and pollution as we wished.  Now, we know we were wrong.  And, not only ...

Stop the Trash

We once believed that the ocean was too big to fail, that we could take out as much fish, and dump in as much trash, debris and pollution as we wished.  Now, we know we were wrong.  And, not only ...

Gone Wild in Salamanca

The 10th World Wilderness Congress themed “Making the World a Wilder Place” took place over the last week in Salamanca, Spain. This is a centuries-old Spanish city where walking the streets is a living history lesson.  2013 marks its 25th year ...

Gone Wild in Salamanca

The 10th World Wilderness Congress themed “Making the World a Wilder Place” took place over the last week in Salamanca, Spain. This is a centuries-old Spanish city where walking the streets is a living history lesson.  2013 marks its 25th year ...