Jimmy Buffett and The Eagles perform in Miami

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Jimmy Buffett and the Coral Reefer Band opened for The Eagles last night at the Hard Rock Stadium in Miami FL.

The set list from the show is now available. Some of the highlights included “Everybody’s Got A Cousin In Miami” (last played 04/09/2015 in West Palm Beach, FL) and “Chanson Pour Les Petits Enfants” dedicated to Gina Rose, one of the victims of the Parkland shooting.

The Eagles performed 27 songs with band members Don Henley, Joe Walsh, Timothy B. Schmit, joined by Vince Gill and Deacon Frey filling in for his late father Eagles co-founder Glenn Frey. See the set list for the songs that were performed.

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Article source: http://www.buffettnews.com/2018/04/22/27529/

Margaritaville: The Cookbook coming May 2018

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St. Martin’s Press and Margaritaville Holdings announced the publication of “MARGARITAVILLE: The Cookbook: Relaxed Recipes for a Taste of Paradise“, the first cookbook for the global lifestyle brand. Co-authored by Margaritaville concept chef Carlo Sernaglia and food writer Julia Turshen, the book features dishes that keep Margaritaville fans coming back for more – expertly translated into easy-to-prepare, do-it-yourself recipes. The book will be available in hardcover and e-book versions beginning May 1, 2018. Pre-order your copy now at Amazon.

The first official cookbook from the beloved world of Margaritaville features laid-back favorites like the explosively good Volcano Nachos and the heaven-on-earth-with-an-onion-slice Cheeseburger in Paradise, alongside more sophisticated options that will wow your guests (Coho Salmon in Lemongrass-Miso Broth, anyone?). With its combination of recipes, stories, and gorgeous full color food and lifestyle photographs throughout, it is sure to put you in a Margaritaville state of mind!

Margaritaville isn’t confined to single spot on the map — the recipes draw inspiration from around the world, from Jerk Chicken to Tuna Poke with Plantain Chips and Jimmy’s Jammin’ Jambalaya. And we’ve got you all covered, from family-friendly Aloha Hotdogs to drool-worthy Vegetarian Burgers.

It’s 5 o’clock somewhere and no vacation is complete without a cocktail―preferably a margarita, of course! Margaritaville: The Cookbook is loaded with drink recipes to inspire your blissful island cocktail hour―from Jimmy’s Perfect Margarita and Paradise Palomas to Cajun Bloody Mary’s and the quintessential Key West Coconut and Lime Frozen Margarita.

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Article source: http://www.buffettnews.com/2018/04/21/27525/

Shucking and Plucking

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Last week I had the pleasure of attending the Spring Cleanup hosted by the Pacific Coast Shellfish Growers Association (PCSGA) on the South Puget Sound. As I pulled up (in torrential downpour) to the Arcadia Boat Ramp in Shelton, WA, I was heartened to see not only volunteers from eight shellfish farms, but a wide breadth of the community all geared up to support the health of the Sound. With about 120 in attendance, the cleanup brought together dozens of shellfish growers, members of the Squaxin Island Tribe and Nisqually Tribe, Northwest Farm Credit Services, and Washington State Department of Natural Resources on a common goal:  a trash free Puget Sound.

This wasn’t PCSGA’s first cleanup—many of their members depend on a healthy Puget Sound for their livelihood and sees tremendous value in keeping the Sound free of debris.  For this reason, PCSGA organized their first cleanup event in 2005, and has since hosted over 30 cleanups on and around the Puget Sound. PCSGA often partners with Puget Soundkeeper Alliance and Washington CoastSavers, both of which are local non-profit organizations that work year round to conserve and maintain the Sound, not to mention fantastic International Coastal Cleanup State Coordinators. Every spring and fall, Puget Sound’s shellfish growers and partners set out on dozens of boats to comb 120 miles of shoreline for debris. Each time, they (un)fortunately return to the docks with vessels packed full with items recovered from the remote stretches of beach and surface waters of the Sound.

About 20% of the debris they find in the South Puget Sound waters is related to shellfish aquaculture. This is precisely why the PCSGA and its members are so adamant about conducting these regular cleanups; they feel it is their duty to collect and sort the material to maximize the amount of gear that can be reused in their farms and to recycle or properly dispose of the rest to ensure it does not threaten the Sound’s flora, and fauna, or hinder the productivity of shellfish farms. We know all too well that when the massive Styrofoam floats and rigid plastics that the volunteers hauled from the water are left to their own devices, they break up into smaller and smaller fragments, called microplastics. These plastic particles are nearly impossible to remove from the water which means they can threaten the fish, shellfish, whales and other marine animals that inhabit the Puget Sound.

Trash in the Sound is not only unsightly, but a threat to the many Washington State residents who rely on Puget Sound for their livelihoods. The shellfish industry employs 3,000 people in Washington alone, and farmed shellfish bivalves produce nearly $150 million in annual revenue for the State. The small town of Shelton, WA, the location of last weeks’ cleanup, is a perfect example of this, where farming, logging, ranching, and oyster harvesting lie at the foundation of its economy. PCSGA recognizes the reliance of communities on Puget Sound, and enjoys giving back to the Sound regularly.

All around the world, it is hard-working groups like the PCSGA that make a difference for our ocean.  During the 2017 International Coastal Cleanup, PCSGA supported Washington CoastSavers in removing six tons of debris from Washington’s Pacific Coast and the Strait of Juan de Fuca. In addition, the shellfish growers work with Ocean Conservancy to fight the impacts of carbon dioxide pollution as part of the International Alliance to Combat Ocean Acidification.

As we approach the 2018 International Coastal Cleanup this coming September, make sure to find a local group in your community to join for a beach or waterway cleanup. At its core, the Cleanup is about uniting community around a common purpose:  trash free seas. Plus, the ocean is always downstream. So whether you’re on the Sound, in the mountains or at the coast; find a stretch of shoreline near you and help make your community (and the ocean) a cleaner, safer place.

 

Article source: https://oceanconservancy.org/blog/2018/04/20/shucking-and-plucking/

Saving the Earth One Craft at a Time

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Earth Day is a special annual reminder of the how important it is to take care of the world we live in. This year, the Earth Day Network has dedicated its focus on Ending Plastic Pollution and how, as a community, we can work towards solutions.

From the tiniest plankton to the largest of whales, animals across ocean ecosystems have been contaminated by plastic. Plastic has been found in 59% of sea birds like albatross and pelicans, 100% of sea turtle species and more than 25% of fish sampled from seafood markets around the world. Did you know that 275 million metric tons of plastic waste is produced around the world? And, 8 million of that finds its way into the ocean where life, like this sperm whale, is abruptly shortened.

Marine debris isn’t an ocean problem—it’s a people problem. That means people are the solution. And, tackling the problem of plastic in the ocean begins on land. Although it may seem daunting, there are simple actions we can take to reduce waste and prevent debris.

If you’re feeling crafty this Earth Day, here are some DIY projects that will transform plastic into something you can use in your home or garden.

 

For Our Spring Time Gardeners

From simple planters to entire walls of self-watering plants, here are some of our 2018 gardening goals.

Plastic Planters

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Bottle Sprinkler

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Drip Irrigation System

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Self-Watering Planters

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Vertical Garden 

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For Our Ocean Loving Parents

It’s critical that children learn about the Earth from a young age. If we don’t change the way we consume plastics, we could end up with a pound of plastic for every three pounds of fish. That’s why we compiled these crafts to make with children, in order to teach the value of taking care of our Earth.

Rainbow Bubble Snakes

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Jellyfish in a Bottle

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Shark Cup Ball

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Plastic Bottle Wind Spirals

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Lava Bottle

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For Our Everyday Earth Savers

When we use plastic, it’s often through single-use products. The plastic is useful only for getting what we want from point A to point B. Once we are finished with the product, the plastic is finished with its job and usually thrown away. Here are a few ways to put that plastic back to work with these useful projects.

Plastic Bag Tote

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Bottle Cap Clock

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Honey Bear Lamp

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Phone Charging Holder

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Bottled Zipper Case

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For Our Veteran Crafters

Ending plastic pollution is a serious challenge, that’s why we’ve added these ventures for those serious crafters out there.

Plastic Bottle Flower Chandelier

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Milk Carton Butterflies

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Plastic Bottle Greenhouse

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If you have any projects you’d like to share, connect with us on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram. For more information on plastic pollution and how you can help, head over to our Trash Free Seas® Program and join a global movement with CleanSwell.

Article source: https://oceanconservancy.org/blog/2018/04/20/saving-earth-one-craft-time/

Mutant Enzymes are Cool, But Not Likely to Solve Our Ocean Plastics Problem

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There’s a lot of awe-inspiring stuff that happens in our natural world, and if there’s one thing I’ve learned about science over the years it’s this: never say never. That’s why I was optimistic when I read the headlines about the discovery of mutant enzymes that can solve our ocean plastic problem; with eight million metric tons of plastics entering the ocean annually, the oceans need all the help they can get and we need to consider all potential solutions that are brought forward.

Scientists at the University of Portsmouth, UK, accidentally created a new mutant enzyme that breaks down plastic drink bottles (which are made of a specific plastic resin called PET). The research was prompted by a 2016 discovery in Japan that revealed a bacterium had evolved the ability to eat plastics at waste dumps. The newly discovered mutant enzyme takes this further; it can start breaking down plastics in just a few days, which is far faster than the decades or centuries it takes for PET to break down in the oceans.

This sounds awesome, but as an ocean scientist, neither complex enzymatic processes nor plastics chemical properties are my expertise. As I read through the findings published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Science (PNAS), I quickly realized I needed to seek the counsel of a bona fide expert. At Ocean Conservancy, we work closely with a range of academic scientists with expertise on a variety of topics including plastics; and one of our most trusted is my friend and colleague, Dr. Ramani Narayan, University Distinguished Professor in the Department of Chemical Engineering Materials Science at Michigan State University. Could these mutant enzymes be a silver bullet to the ocean plastic crisis?

Dr. Narayan shared this perspective:

“The problem is not in the “technology” to reuse PET or dismantle into its constituents but recovery and economics of the processes used. Semi-crystalline PET bottles are already fully recyclable within our current systems. PET can also be readily depolymerized into the constituent building blocks using water in 30 min or less and very scalable.  They do not need further help from a new, genetically engineered enzyme.

It needs to be re-emphasized that the barrier to recycling PET and other plastic wastes is in recovery and reducing/eliminating “mismanaged wastes” through responsible waste management infrastructures that includes material design for recycling and composting – in line with the circular economy concepts.”

To summarize Dr. Narayan’s expert judgment: Though these findings are promising, they are far from being a solution and offer only minimal utility at present to address the waste PET problem, not to mention all the other plastic resins out there.  And the big problem is making sure these bottles make their way to a recovery facility, which enzymes cannot help overcome. Current processes exist to “break down” the PET but the big missing link that remains is the actual collection and recovery of PET (and other plastics) in the first place.

In short, plastic-eating enzymes are mostly scientifically intriguing, not commercially applicable. To truly get a handle on our global plastic pollution problem, we must address both the explosive production/consumption of single-use products as well as the lack of collection capacity in much of the world to reuse materials. We have the technology to do so already but, at present, only a very small percentage of plastics are actually recycled. We need to do much better.

The media attention to this week’s study on the mutant enzymes shows there is a growing global movement committed to solving this problem. Let’s harness that energy to keep plastics out of the ocean in the first place, invest in new materials that minimize or eliminate harm and scale up the solutions we already have that work.

Article source: https://oceanconservancy.org/blog/2018/04/19/mutant-enzymes-cool-not-likely-solve-ocean-plastics-problem/

On Earth Day: A Conversation with Former Secretary of State John Kerry

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This conversation has been edited for clarity and length.

Former Secretary of State John Kerry sat down with me to talk about our ocean. During his tenure at the State Department, Kerry led the Arctic Council, helped to create the Our Ocean conference series and championed ocean causes.

While you were at the State Department, you and your team conceived of and launched the Our Ocean conference series. Now that it’s headed into its fifth year, I’m curious what really drove you to start that ocean conference series and what you see as its lasting legacy.

Well, what drove me to start the Our Oceans conferences was literally a passion for the oceans, coupled with a growing anxiety, fear, for the state of the oceans and for the direction that we’re going in. What excites me is this year it will be in Bali, Indonesia, the next conference. The year after that, Norway has already spoken for it. They want to do it. The year after that, Palau wants to do it. I just was at meetings where the Russians informed me they want to do the one after that. We’ve got this building momentum for people to learn and do something about it.

At the first ocean conferences we did, the first four of them, we have raised 18 billion dollars to be put into enforcement, research, increased capacity to understand exactly what’s happening, and efforts to protect marine areas. So we now have 12.4 million square kilometers of ocean, larger than the size of the United States, has now been, in the last four years, set aside for marine protected areas. So we’re starting something, but we got a lot of work to do to catch up.

You chaired the Arctic Council [during your time as Secretary of State]. I’m curious what you see as the Arctic Council’s next steps, why the Arctic is important to the U.S. as a nation.

Well, there are many, many reasons why the United States has interests in the Arctic and we’re among the key nations that border the Arctic that form the Arctic Council. You have Russia and Denmark, which has rights and we have rights, and Canada, and so forth.

A lot of nations want in on it and the reason they want in on it is that the economic zones of countries that are adjacent to, abutting the Arctic have initial rights for commercial exploitation. As the ice recedes, areas that previously had not been accessible become accessible. So extraction is a particular concern. So our interests are in making sure that whatever development takes place, takes place under rules and rule of law, and is manageable, and is sustainable.

Given where we are federally right now, what advice would you have for climate advocates, for ocean advocates to breach this gap?

I can remember a movement, which I was part of back in the early 1970s, when we didn’t have an EPA. We didn’t have a clean drinking water or safe drinking water law. We didn’t have a coastal zone management law. All of that came because people were inspired to organize around the first Earth Day and then they took that and put it into legislative reaction. When that happened, politicians suddenly listened. So, my advice to people is don’t lament it. Don’t sit around wringing your hands. Don’t say, “Oh, it’s bigger than me. I can’t do anything.” That’s not true. There is absolutely a role for anybody concerned about oceans to link with climate and anybody concerned about climate to link with oceans. These are one and the same. They are integrally linked because everything about the flow of the oceans, the great currents, the Gulf Stream, El Niño, all these things are affected by climate and what is happening with climate.

[To address marine pollution and ocean plastic], one of the things that we can do to be most impactful is to [address] waste management and collection in developing countries. As Secretary of State, you have been a lead negotiator in coalitions of countries to really tackle some of these complex problems. I’m curious whether or not you think we are capable of solving the plastic problem and what pathways you see there.

Any human problem, human created, is subject to being solved, changed, fixed. There are things we could do that would quickly reduce the amount of plastic that is exposed. Maybe put a premium on people collecting it before it goes in the ocean. Get a bunch of kids in beach communities that are daily in the summer, “This is your job. This is your summer job. This beach is never going to have a piece of plastic on it.”

The Our Ocean conference is going to be in Bali [this October]. Indonesia is one of the countries that really popped out with the science paper [Plastic waste inputs from land into the ocean, Jambeck et al.,] as one of the top five countries where waste management and the lack of waste management and collection [could have a major impact in addressing ocean plastic]. Increasing investments in financing and figuring out how to support those infrastructure investments seem to be an important part of the solution. For [people who] want to do something to make sure [the ocean] is protected and remains resilient–what advice would you give to them?

If you want to look down into water that’s clear, if you want to have a swimming experience somewhere in your life, if you want to go to a beach that isn’t littered with, whatever it is, think about it and think about our responsibility to do something about that. We depend on the ocean for a vast percentage of the Earth’s protein that people consume. We depend on it for huge amounts of jobs that people have. We also depend on it for the oxygen, as I said, that we breathe. It’s three-quarters of the face of the planet is ocean. We could have been called Ocean not Earth. It’s vital to the existence of life on Earth and it is also vital to the quality of life on Earth. Those two things ought to motivate people enough.

I think that was a pretty brilliant way to wrap up the conversation. Thank you very much.

My pleasure. Thank you.

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Article source: https://oceanconservancy.org/blog/2018/04/19/earth-day-conversation-former-secretary-state-john-kerry/

#BootPruitt: Why We’re Joining the Movement

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When Scott Pruitt was confirmed as Administrator of the EPA more than a year ago, his nomination raised red flags from all corners of the ocean conservation community. At his confirmation hearing, those concerns were validated as Pruitt demonstrated a serious lack of understanding the threats facing our ocean and the communities that depend on it.

Ocean Conservancy pledged to hold him accountable. Since then, we’ve witnessed firsthand what Pruitt stands for.

And it’s not good.

In addition to being up to his ears in scandals, in the 14 months that he’s been EPA Administrator, Pruitt has intentionally and methodically dismantled protections for our ocean, clean water and clean air:

  • Pruitt supported the removal of the United States from the Paris Agreement, a short-sighted decision that ignored the threat that climate change poses to the millions of Americans that depend on our ocean for their businesses and livelihoods.
  • Pruitt attempted to eliminate funding for Chesapeake Bay cleanup activities that curtail the amount of pollution that enters the waterway.
  • Pruitt delayed the implementation of President Obama’s Water of the United States rules by pushing the start date to February 6, 2020. It’s a decision that harms the rivers, streams, estuaries and wetlands that are crucial for a healthy ocean.
  • Pruitt proposed a budget that would completely eliminate essential EPA functions including keeping our beaches safe from pathogens, monitoring contaminants in the fish we eat and gutting the marine pollution program.

Scott Pruitt’s actions defy the mission of the agency charged with protecting human health and the environment. The EPA shouldn’t be driven by political ideology—after all, it was created by a Republican president and has been led by administrators on both sides of the aisle. They were all champions for clean air, clean water and the health of all Americans.

When it comes to our health, climate and our ocean, we can’t afford partisanship. That’s why we’re joining with the thousands of voices who are urging our political leaders to #BootPruitt.

Learn more about #BootPruitt here.

Article source: https://oceanconservancy.org/blog/2018/04/18/bootpruit-joining-movement/

Review: Ocean Alley – Chiaroscuro

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Ocean Alley – Chiaroscuro
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Track Listing:
1.) Corduroy 
?2.) The Comedown
3.) Happy Sad
4.) Confidence
?5.) Knees
6.) Rage
?7.) She’s Always Right
8.) Frostbite
9.) Overgrown
10.) Bones
11.) Flowers and Booze
12.) Man You Were Looking For

The Pier Album Rating:

Release Date: March 9th, 2018
Official Website: Ocean Alley Website

Artist Background:
Ocean Alley is a 6-piece out of Australia that merges reggae and psychedelic rock. The Sydney-based band typically balances back-and-forth between dreamy, laid-back songs and dark, gloomy jams. Prior to the group’s sophomore release Chiaroscuro, Ocean Alley had racked up well-deserved hype from their debut album Lost Tropics (2016) and two EPs Yellow Mellow (2013) and In Purple (2015). The Aussie band carries their studio success on to the stage, delivering chilling live performances night in and night out. Ocean Alley makes their first trip to North America in spring 2018, performing at California Roots Music Arts Festival, then continuing a headlining tour across the US and Canada.

Album Review:
At first glance Chiaroscuro, the title of Ocean Alley’s sophomore album, may seem like some bizarre, unpronounceable gibberish. Those who actually paid attention in art class, may recognize chiaroscuro as an Italian term that describes the interplay of light and dark, and its ability to create the perception of depth. The title is fitting for an album that swivels back-and-forth between songs of bubbly exuberance and bleak depression. Ocean Alley has an uncanny ability of seesawing between dark and light, often times within the same song.

Ocean Alley originally took their music in a darker direction on their seriously impressive 2015 EP In Purple. However, their debut album Lost Tropics (2016) underwhelmed as an entire collection of music, and proved the band still had room to grow. Chiaroscuro feels exactly the opposite. The 12-track album showcases their breakthrough psych reggae rock sound, honed songwriting skills, and their overall band cohesion.

Chiaroscuro begins with a dark, eerie and enchanting, one-minute guitar intro on “Corduroy.” Entering his hazy conscious, Baden Donegal (lead vocals/rhythm guitar) sings, “Feels like we’re floating…This is just a space town, soon we gotta come down.” Relying on an Ocean Alley signature, the song finishes with a thunderous guitar solo, which leads into the appropriately named song “The Comedown.” The track perfectly encapsulates those hungover, next day blues with its deliberately slack pace. “Happy Sad,” a 5-minute hit from the album, slowly builds itself up, before ending in a passionate outburst.

“Confidence,” one of the lead singles off of Chiaroscuro, is almost comically shallow in its lyricism. “It’s all about confidence baby, she was a confident lady, and I know she’s driving me crazy,” rhymes Donegal. But putting that aside, “Confidence” has an inescapable catchiness. It’s a song you simply can’t avoid coming back to. 

A repetitive theme in Ocean Alley’s lyrics is the idea of finding solitude. On “Knees,” Donegal sings, “Cuz’ I’m only a man, and I think I need some time to breathe.” “Knees” is that track that you underestimate upon first listen, but later come to realize its impassioned beauty. On “Overgrown,” Donegal pleads for his isolation once again, singing, “So please, let me be, on my own, overgrown.”

Chiaroscuro is rounded out by other top tracks like “Frostbite” and “Flowers and Booze.” The former stokes the imagination of a dark, psychedelic winter, while the ladder is a rosy song that marks the most upbeat number on the album. The only track I could never fully get behind was Chiaroscuro’s closer “Man You Were Looking For,” a slow, acoustic ballad lacking the zest that exists throughout the rest of the album.

Chiaroscuro exhibits the group’s superb interplay with one another, and their ability to convey themes of darkness in a genre often riddled with false positivity and canned “good vibes” lyrics. Musically, Ocean Alley has created a winning formula: fiery, heartfelt vocals, riveting guitar fills and solos, reggae-inspired organs, and a top-class rhythm section. Chiaroscuro largely maintains the reggae rock essence that they first came up on if they expand on the formula above, we could be watching the development of one of the next major reggae rock bands around.

Written Reviewed By: Brian Winters

[Editors Note: All reviews are reflective of the album in it’s entirety, from start to finish. These reviews are the honest opinion of each writer/reviewer expressing their feedback as a genuine fan of the music. Each star rating reflects their review of the album, NOT the band. Music is subjective. Regardless of the review or star rating, we encourage you to listen to the music yourself form your own opinion. Spread the awareness of all music in its art contribution]

Watch: Ocean Alley – “The Comedown”

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Restoring a Place I Call Home

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Eight years. It has been that long since the Deepwater Horizon exploded, killing 11 people and triggering the biggest environmental disaster in U.S. history.

Who can forget the horror of the first few days as oil leaked into the Gulf and continued to pump from the deep-water Macondo oil well? An estimated 210 million gallons of oil and 1.8 million gallons of chemical dispersants were dumped into our ocean. It oiled our beaches, killed an untold array of marine wildlife and crippled our ocean-dependent economy.

This year, we put together this interactive timeline to remind us that we have come a long way since the 2010 disaster. The despair from that April has given way to hope and optimism. We are making steady progress towards recovery—even though the cost of full-scale Gulf of Mexico restoration far exceeds the $20.8 billion afforded by the settlement from BP. As restoration projects continue to get on the ground and in the water, it is our collective responsibility to invest wisely in projects that will help restore the Gulf.

From the start, I have been part of Ocean Conservancy’s efforts to restore the Gulf of Mexico. This is not just where I work. This is where I live, the home that 87 million others like me love.

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Alexis at an oiled beach, Bay Jimmy. © Alexis Baldera

At Ocean Conservancy, I am proud to lead a team of experts dedicated to this mission. As restoration dollars are allocated, we are highlighting the importance of measuring and monitoring progress so that we can learn from our mistakes and track restoration success. We cannot afford to forget that this came at a very high cost to our coastal communities, local economies and coastal wildlife.

This year, we also stand strong with hundreds of thousands of Americans who have spoken up against the risky offshore oil and gas development proposals included in the new 5-year plan presented by the Trump Administration. The weakening of offshore oil drilling safety standards put in place after the BP disaster is particularly reckless and unacceptable.

Thank you for being part of our work and supporting the beautiful, wild and wonderful place that is the Gulf of Mexico. You have been part of our major milestones and together. We will see our home restored.

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Alexis and her son at an ICC cleanup in New Orleans. © Alexis Baldera

Article source: https://oceanconservancy.org/blog/2018/04/17/restoring-place-call-home/

Need a Laugh?

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Maybe you’ve had a rough day and don’t feel there’s much that could make you smile right now. Or perhaps you’ve just woken up, and you’re still waiting for that coffee to kick in. Maybe it’s been awhile since you’ve had a good laugh. Regardless which of these apply to you, nowadays it can be hard not to get caught up in the stress of our daily lives.

But not to worry, we’re here for you! For a few moments, turn off the news, and instead, tune in to this hilarious compilation of adorable ocean animals doing extremely goofy things that are, quite honestly, way too relatable.

When you wake up in the middle of the night ravenous for a snack:

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I think I ate too fast…

When you cancel plans, but have to make a mad dash to the store and really hope you aren’t somehow spotted:

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Please don’t be here please don’t see me please don’t be here…

When they’re giving out free samples at the grocery store:

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Back off the cheese cubes, Susan, they’re mine.

When your sibling gets into a fight with your mom in public, forcing you to skedaddle away like you don’t know them:

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Wow, that family must have some issues, this is a very nice top.

When someone tries to speak to you before 9am (and a substantial amount of coffee)…

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Can you not? 

When the forecast said sunny and 75° and it suddenly downpours …

…and you definitely forgot your umbrella:

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Why though.

When your friend is on their way to do something stupid but you’re determined to stop them:

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Hold your horses, cowboy! 

When you were trying to avoid conversation with your neighbors but they spot you anyway:

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When someone invades your personal space:

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Stay out of my bubble okay thanks.

When you see your best friend walking toward you at the airport:

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REUNITED and it FEELS so GOOD!

When your significant other is being way too clingy:

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Barbara, I’m just going to the BATHROOM. WHY.

When your worries try to get you down again, but you know animals will always be there to make any day better, so you don’t need unnecessary stress anymore:

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Article source: https://oceanconservancy.org/blog/2018/04/17/need-a-laugh/