Mark Spalding

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 as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.  It was an amazing setting for this event – a...

Summer in the Northern Hemisphere is winding down and, the tenth Pacific storm of the season (Juliette) crossed the southern tip of the Baja California peninsula with gusts of more than 80 miles an hour, and elsewhere, folks are remembering where they were eight years ago when Hurricane Katrina swept up the Gulf of Mexico...

Summer in the Northern Hemisphere is winding down and, the tenth Pacific storm of the season (Juliette) crossed the southern tip of the Baja California peninsula with gusts of more than 80 miles an hour, and elsewhere, folks are remembering where they were eight years ago when Hurricane Katrina swept up the Gulf of Mexico...

Summer in the Northern Hemisphere is winding down and, the tenth Pacific storm of the season (Juliette) crossed the southern tip of the Baja California peninsula with gusts of more than 80 miles an hour, and elsewhere, folks are remembering where they were eight years ago when Hurricane Katrina swept up the Gulf of Mexico...

“Radioactive Plume in the ocean” is the kind of headline that ensures people will pay attention to the news story that follows. ...

Written by: Mark J. Spalding, Kathryn Peyton and Ashley Milton   Phrases like “lessons from the past” or “learning from ancient history” are apt to make our eyes glaze over, and we flash to memories of boring history classes or droning TV documentaries.  But in the case of aquaculture, a little historical knowledge can be both...

Written by: Mark J. Spalding, Kathryn Peyton and Ashley Milton   Phrases like “lessons from the past” or “learning from ancient history” are apt to make our eyes glaze over, and we flash to memories of boring history classes or droning TV documentaries.  But in the case of aquaculture, a little historical knowledge can be both...

Written by: Mark J. Spalding, Kathryn Peyton and Ashley Milton   Phrases like “lessons from the past” or “learning from ancient history” are apt to make our eyes glaze over, and we flash to memories of boring history classes or droning TV documentaries.  But in the case of aquaculture, a little historical knowledge can be both...

  A stretch of open water in the wetlands of the Mobile Delta. Photograph courtesy of the Ocean Foundation By Mark J. Spalding, President, The Ocean Foundation One recent Monday, I got to spend the day doing something outside, not in a conference room, not in my office, just out in one of North America’s...

By Mark J. Spalding, President, The Ocean Foundation  One recent weekend, I drove north from Washington, D.C., with some trepidation.  It had been a beautiful October day the last time I headed to Long Beach, New York.  Then, I was excited about seeing colleagues in the Surfrider International community who were gathering for their annual...

By Mark J. Spalding, President, The Ocean Foundation Last week, Enric Sala of the National Geographic Society spoke about the Society’s Pristine Seas program, which has visited an array of countries to highlight the important marine regions that need protection. In 2012, Sala led an expedition to the Pitcairn Archipelago, which is famous as the...

By Mark J. Spalding, President, The Ocean Foundation It’s gray whale migration season on the west coast of North America. Gray whales make one of the longest migrations of any mammal on Earth. Every year they swim over 10,000 miles roundtrip between Mexico’s nursery lagoons and feeding grounds in the Arctic. At this time of...