Pristine Seas

How Fish Are Like Coffee: the Changes Coming to Your Seafood Plate

Over the past five years, as I’ve built the Fish 2.0 business competition, I’ve seen an overwhelming number of creative ideas bubbling up—with highly qualified entrepreneurial teams behind them. Their innovations, combined with powerful social and environmental forces, ...

Doing our bit for the ocean, and happy!

  Today is our last day at sea after a truly terrific expedition. Like all of the very best expeditions, ours was highly ambitious, and at times it felt impossible. But we not only completed all of our targets; thanks ...

Towards an evidence-based Ascension Island Ocean Sanctuary

Written by Dr. Judith Brown, Director of Conservation and Fisheries, Ascension Island government The U.K. government has taken a proactive approach to marine conservation, committing to marine protection around both its own shores and those of its overseas territories ...

Seamounts: The “Serengeti” of the Ocean

Written by Chester Sands and David Barnes, benthic team, British Antarctic Survey Seamounts in tropical oceans provide oases of life in the shallows surrounded by sparser deeper waters.  The physical feature of the underwater mountain affects currents such that cool, ...

The sixgill shark: Finding an old friend

We never know what deep-sea creatures will find our drop-cameras. When the cameras return to the surface and we check the results it’s always a period of patience combined with eager anticipation and the hope of something exciting. Last ...

At sea: Preparing for discovery!

At last! We have substituted more than a year of logistics and science planning, team building, administration, shipping, permits, emails, long-distance phone calls and enthusiastic meetings for what is now a living, beautiful ocean expedition. It felt so good to ...

Ascension Island: Pristine Seas Heads to the Mountains!

Of course, this being Pristine Seas, these mountains are in the deep sea—but mountains they are. We are headed to Ascension Island, a tiny volcanic island in the South Atlantic, midway between Brazil and Africa. It’s a powerful ...

Hawiian Coastal Plastic Cleanup by Young People

Optimism versus pessimism, how do we find balance between the two when confronting the environmental challenges of today? The older generation has many opportunities to help young people to be optimistic about the future — by encouraging them to take action.  ...

Entrepreneurs Shine a Light on Seafood Origins

Consumers who would never buy something generically labeled meat or cheese are often stuck at almost that level of information when it comes to seafood. The opaque origins and processing of many seafood products can hide a host of problems, ...

A Refuge Found for the Most Heavily Fished Shark?

In collaboration with the Royal Society for the Protections of Birds (RSPB) and the Tristan da Cunha government, National Geographic Pristine Seas recently conducted an expedition to Tristan da Cunha and its surrounding islands. Our team conducted comprehensive surveys of ...

A Surfing World’s-First in the South Atlantic

In collaboration with the Royal Society for the Protections of Birds (RSPB) and the Tristan da Cunha government, National Geographic Pristine Seas is conducting an expedition to Tristan da Cunha and its surrounding islands. During the expedition, our team will ...