Over the next few months, we will be featuring organisations that are working on ocean issues and their linkages to the Commonwealth Blue Charter.
If you’re interested in being featured on this ‘spotlight’ section of our website, please email us at email@example.com
This month, the spotlight is on Vulcan Inc. Our last spotlight was on The Institute of Marine Engineering, Science & Technology (IMarEST)
Tell us the vision of your organisation.
Vulcan Inc. seeks to develop smart, data-driven solutions for some of the world’s biggest challenges.
What has been your organisation’s key achievement over the past 12 months?
We are particularly proud of our work with partners to support the listing of 18 shark species on Appendix II of the Convention on the International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) at the Conference of the Parties (CoP) in Geneva in August 2019.
How could your organisation’s work support the Commonwealth Blue Charter’s Action Groups?
Vulcan and the Commonwealth Secretariat signed a Memorandum of Understanding at the Our Ocean Conference in Oslo in October 2019 to facilitate the use of the Allen Coral Atlas by the Blue Charter Action Groups.
The Allen Coral Atlas brings together partners from Planet, University of Queensland, Arizona State University’s Center for Global Discovery and Conservation Science, and National Geographic Society to use high-resolution satellite imagery and advanced analytics to map and monitor the world’s coral reefs in unprecedented detail.
The Coral Atlas provides high-resolution, up-to-date global images of the world’s coral reefs; we will complete detailed maps showing the composition and structure of all of the world’s reefs by mid-2021.
Which Commonwealth countries do you currently work in or would like to be involved in?
We have discussed using the Allen Coral Atlas for spatial planning; coral reef monitoring and management; restoration; and disaster risk reduction in partnership with several Commonwealth countries, including Australia, Belize, Canada, Fiji, Jamaica, Kenya, Malaysia, Mauritius, Mozambique, Seychelles, Sri Lanka, Tanzania and United Kingdom.
Technology and data are essential to address issues facing the ocean. How big is the challenge to translate that data into action?
Vulcan is committed to turning data into action, despite the challenges. The Allen Coral Atlas is just one of the data platforms we have developed to benefit people and planet. The others include Skylight, which leverages advanced machine learning to detect illegal fishing activity, and EarthRanger, an online software tool built to meet the needs of protected area managers.
If you could encounter one ocean creature, what would it be and why?
The Dumbo Octopus because it has adapted to the intense pressure and cold temperatures of the deep ocean. They can live up to 23,000 feet below sea level. Plus, they’re named after a Disney character and have been called the “cutest octopus in the world.”
What ocean news story from the last 12 months brought you great joy/sadness?
Our founder, Paul Allen, said, “I choose optimism, I hope to be a catalyst not only for providing financial resources but also by fostering a sense of possibility.” So, I’m going to choose the hashtag #oceanoptimism, which has brought me great joy this year by delivering a daily dose of reasons to be optimistic about our oceans.
For more details visit https://www.vulcan.com/