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November 2013

CONSERVATION DEPENDS ON COLLABORATION

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Rescue of Garra - Photo by Roxanna Schteinbarg

Collaboration. Inspiration. Influence. Three of the words Ocean Alliance CEO Iain Kerr will focus on in a talk he gives today at A.W. Hastings, who generously helped to provide the Marvin windows at our headquarters, the Paint Factory. The annual meeting is called “Sphere of Influence,” which could easily describe our metamorphosis as an organization from our former incarnation of the “Whale Conservation Institute” to Ocean Alliance.

Competitiveness will only get you so far, but collaboration will open doors in ways you never thought possible. Consider how our collaborators inspire us: Read More

“COLLABORATIVE WORLD” ART SHOW TO BENEFIT OCEAN ALLIANCE

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Collaborative World detail by Rebecca Siswick and Nome GrahamOcean Alliance’s headquarters at the former Tarr and Wonson Paint Manufactory are located in the heart of the Rocky Neck Art Colony in Gloucester, MA. It’s a beautiful place to visit, full of galleries and gorgeous scenery, and also happens to be the oldest working art colony in the country. We consider our relationship with the art colony a collaboration, we look after each other, and this is how we met artists Rebecca Siswick Graham and Nome Graham. Read More

SHARING DAYS WITH JANE GOODALL AND ROGER PAYNE IN PATAGONIA

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Roger Payne and Jane Goodall on beachTo wake up in the morning and find a lovely woman in the kitchen preparing a cup of hot coffee for breakfast.

To walk out the door and see a tall man on the porch, reading a book or writing some notes in his computer.

To cook and look out the window and see this woman and this man walking along the beach in front of the house and having a lively conversation.

These and other moments wouldn’t have been so special (in fact, so amazingly special!) for us if this woman and this man weren’t Jane Goodall and Roger Payne. But they are. And they are special (amazingly special!) people. Read More

BP OIL SPILL DISASTER RESPONSE – OPERATION TOXIC GULF FIELD REPORT 2013

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Ocean Alliance in the GulfThe following is a summary of goals and accomplishments for the 2013 collaborative research expedition Operation Toxic Gulf carried out by Sea Shepherd Global and Ocean Alliance in the Gulf of Mexico (USA) aboard the Research Vessel Odyssey. While we continue to work closely with our scientific partner the Wise Laboratory at the University of Southern Maine, this year our campaign partner was Sea Shepherd Conservation Society Global. Read More

PAINT FACTORY CHIMNEY GETS A WINTER CAP

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Paint Factory Chimney CapThe Paint Factory chimney has received a temporary  cap for the winter. This week Geoffrey Richon and his team worked with Ocean Alliance CEO Iain Kerr to place a protective box over the top of the iconic chimney to protect the structure from ice damage. Next spring the scaffolding will go up to begin repairs on the chimney, but since cracks were discovered at the top using our robotic helicopter SnotBot, it was decided that another winter could cause extensive damage. The day started out blustery and rainy (as seen in the crane shot), making the project a challenge, but eventually the skies cleared and winds calmed.

Chimney Cap CraneOcean Alliance purchased the Tarr and Wonson Paint Manufactory in 2008 with a grant from the Annenberg Foundation and continue the restoration project to create a research, education and conservation center with offices, labs and public spaces. Working in a historic structure requires creative solutions. The silhouette may have changed for now, but the goal is to preserve the landmark for generations to come.