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Giving the Oceans Rights Through The Ocean Race - Marine Biologist Lucy Hunt

15th September 2022
County Kerry marine biologist Lucy Hunt
County Kerry marine biologist Lucy Hunt

There is no greater community to understand the changes in the oceans and what needs to be done to protect them than sailors.

From those like myself, a leisure sailor, to fishermen, to marine scientists, to the professional seafarers, greater awareness comes from being on the water and gives mariners, in the widest sense of the word, more understanding than those who are shore-based.

So the decision of the Ocean Race, which I once sailed in when it was called the Whitbread Round the World, “to collaborate with the United Nations to help support its ‘Clean Seas’ campaign” brings professional racing sailors to the forefront as ‘ocean people’ tackling the growing problem of marine litter.

Relating land to sea - One Blue OceanRelating land to sea - One Blue Ocean

I learned a lot racing across the Atlantic on NCB Ireland, an 18-day passage in 1990 when the world’s oceans were in a different state to what they are now. It helped form my own views about the ocean environment. The partnership by the Volvo Ocean Race with the UN is to use the sailing platform to help ‘Turn the Tide on Plastics’ littering the marine environment.

A marine biologist from Kerry is one of those leading the project, creating ’One Blue Voice’. Lucy Hunt founded the Sea Synergy Marine Awareness & Activity Centre at Waterville eight years ago. She is a Senior Advisor at The Ocean Race and says the oceans should be given rights.

The Ocean RaceThe Ocean Race 

“Halt the decline of the seas and protect the future of life on earth by recognising the ocean’s rights,” is the approach of the ‘One Blue Voice’ campaign.

As the Race yachts cross the globe they will gather support and carry petition signatures to present to the United Nations General Assembly in September of next year when the environment of the oceans will be a major topic.

Lucy Hunt is my Podcast guest. Listen below

The ‘OneBlue Voice’ petition can be signed at:

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Tom MacSweeney writes a weekly column for He presents the monthly programme Maritime Ireland on Podcast services and Irish radio stations.

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