Olympic and America's Cup champions announce new ocean ambition

by Gemma Ross 10 Nov 04:46 PST

11 November 2019

Peter Burling and Blair Tuke have announced Live Ocean © Live Ocean

Olympic and America's Cup champions Peter Burling and Blair Tuke have announced the establishment of Live Ocean, a registered New Zealand charity with a focus on ocean conservation. Burling and Tuke say theyre excited about what may be their biggest challenge of all.

Live Oceans vision is for New Zealand to be a world leading champion in ocean health. It aims to support and invest in promising marine science, innovation, technology and marine conservation projects. It will also inspire and educate New Zealanders on ways to make positive change for the ocean.

This is just the start. Weve called it Live Ocean because thats what we all want. New Zealand should be a world leader in ocean health, we have over four million square kilometres of ocean and what we do here is globally significant says Peter Burling.

Weve been talking to scientists, iwi and ocean leaders over the past year. We keep hearing the same thing; the ocean is changing quickly, these are complex issue and we need to invest in promising marine research, innovation, people and projects. We need to move much faster says Blair Tuke.

Our ocean in crisis In New Zealand 90% of our seabirds are threatened with, or at risk of extinction, almost one-third of marine mammals are threatened and less than 0.5% of our marine territory is fully protected.

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