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We are pioneer ‘good shepherds’ of the world’s ocean ecosystems, its ocean pastures, and more. Our innovative ‘nature based’ solutions deliver proven, immediately deployable, and profitable large-scale ocean eco-restoration. Being good shepherds regenerates the oceans to the state of health, productivity, and biodiversity that existed centuries ago.

Our privately financed ‘public-private-partnership business’ are ‘good news for the planet.’ As a for-profit enterprise, we intend to become major tax payers not just another greenwash scheme that plans to feast at troughs of public tax money.

Ocean pastures nourish and sustain life on 72% of this blue planet, and they are in desperate trouble as evidenced by catastrophic declines of fish, seabirds, whales, and almost every form of ocean life.

Kasatochi volcano pasture
In 2008 Alaska volcano Kasatochi erupted, ashfall delivered vital mineral dust to the Gulf of Alaska producing and sustaining fabulous return of ocean life.

Collapse of the oceans green phyto-plankton, responsible for the vast majority of global photosynthesis, is turning what once were lush green ocean Gardens of Eden into clear blue lifeless ocean deserts.

OPR teams made up of fishermen, scientists, and business people are now working to repeat our dramatic success of ocean pasture restoration to bring fish back to ocean pastures around the world to historic levels of health and abundance every year.  We’ve proven our unique technologies and experience works.

Referencing the chart below,  the arrow points to where we labored to restore our first Gulf of Alaska ocean pasture, about 5,000 sq. miles in size, a small fraction of the 600,000 sq. miles that makes up the Gulf of Alaska. The circle shows the  result in the form of hundreds of millions of additional fat Pink Salmon that survived, thrived, came back and were caught in Alaska because of our work.

Our work in 2012 clearly and repeatedly produced the largest catches of salmon in Alaskan history! These bountiful catches injected upwards of a billion dollars of economic stimulus into the Alaskan economy.

Our work is not just about restoring fish to historic number so that they may swim into the nets and onto the plates of people around the world. An equal, indeed larger benefit is delivered to all of ocean life.

Tufted Puffin with fish
Puffins in Alaska are dying off due to loss of their food fish on the ocean pastures they live in. Many reports state as much as 80% have disappeared.

In addition to the salmon, pollock, black cod, ground fish, herring, eulachon, will all return to historic high numbers. Our replenished and restored pasture will sustainably feed all ocean life: the sea-birds, whales, seals, sea lions, bears, everything, including people.

Restoring ocean pastures is vital to sustain fish in the world’s oceans, indeed all of ocean life.

Ocean plankton blooms, like the one in the image above of a spring bloom in the Gulf of Alaska, have been diminishing and disappearing dramatically for more than 50 years. The deadly toll of lost ocean plant life is 100 times greater than the toll of global deforestation. Plankton is the grass of ocean pastures. It feeds all of ocean life, from the tiniest copepod and krill to the largest whale.

Poet Walt Whitman wrote,
“All beef is grass.”
We remind you,
“All fish is plankton.”

Around this blue planet ocean plankton is dying because humanity’s CO2 has made the grass that covers pastures on land grow more abundant. While this greening is good news for the land, it is terrible news for the oceans.

More grass growing, means less dust blowing.

It is the dust from the land that blows in the wind that nourishes ocean plant life. The world’s cataclysmic drought of dust is starving ocean life to death.

Our work is to replenish some part of the oceans vital missing mineral dust and in doing so sustainably restore this blue planets oceans to health.

 

OPR Ship graphic
Mineral dust spread over a vast area of ocean, approximately 10,000 km2, spreads out and replenishes vital mineral nutrients without which the ocean plants, phyto-plankton, cannot thrive. When the plankton blooms, fish find food and in turn thrive.

It Just Works! Some unexpected benefits.

 

Alaska salmon boat cricket
Alaskan all-woman boat ‘ Cricket’ lands their share of  the 2013 largest catch of salmon in history.

The state of Alaska has reported the additional catch delivered more than half a billions dollars of economic stimulus, a blessing to the state economy. So much fish was on hand that the U.S. Department of Agriculture started buying large amounts of the “surplus” salmon to make space in the fish processing industry to handle more fish.

USDA Alaska Fish buy

Beginning in 2014 part of that bountiful “surplus” of salmon went to American children in US Domestic Food Aid programs, 300 million meals of nutritious Alaskan salmon were served to those American kids in need. To this day that news still brings tears to our eyes in gratitude that our second miracle of the fishes was such a blessing to those children.