Good News

The public is becoming more aware of the sea and its residents. News about our treatment of the oceans are often gloomy and make us question the status-quo, but there are rays of hope.

When the ocean welcomes back surfers

Surfers riding waves that glow neon blue in the dark.

© Mark J. Terrill / AP

While the news may have covered how challenging it is these days to live in the US, some aspects have gone unmentioned. Little attention has been paid to the silently suffering ocean addicts: the surfers. Due to COVID-19 beaches have been closed and surfing was prohibited. A few weeks ago though, California has reopened their beaches, much to the joy of the surfers. What they were greeted with could not have been more magical.

A bloom of bioluminescent phytoplankton created a miraculous light show on the waves of the ocean. It looked like the sea was welcoming back its surfers and guests watching. Days before, videos about dolphins highlighted by the neon lights underwater, have been published. Just thinking about being able to get back onto the board and paddle out into the beautiful sea is enough to make my body tingle, but I can only imagine what it must feel like to be surrounded by this magical display of playful phosphorescent.

This may be my romantic and mildly optimistic perspective, but what if the ocean were to tell us just how good the break was, that we were forced to take? What if we could experience more of these magnificent natural phenomena, if only we treated the world the way it deserved? With respect, with attention and with a will to protect and conserve, rather than exploit and use.

Mother nature has provided a radical gift to nighttime beach-goers in southern California, in the form of bioluminescent waves that crash and froth with an otherworldly light. The event occurs every few years along the coast of southern California, though locals say this year’s sea sparkle is especially vibrant, possibly related to historic rains that soaked the region and generated algal bloom. For some, this year’s light show was especially meaningful, coming just as beaches began to reopen after an almost month-long closure due to coronavirus.

Dale Huntington, a 37-year-old pastor at a church in south-eastern San Diego, got up at 3am after beaches reopened to surf the iridescent waves. “I’ve been surfing for 20 years now, and I’ve never seen anything like it”, Huntington said.


If you want to know more about the Bioluminescent waves in California, take a look at the whole article from The Guardian. Bioluminescent creatures have also been an inspiration for musician Jesse Whistler. Go take a look at our article about it.

Rebecca von Hellfeld for DEEPWAVE e.V.

Baltic Sea Life

Ein neugieriger Seehund spielt im Seegras in der Ostsee


The unique biodiversity and the underwater life of the baltic sea can now be discovered with the virtual underwater reality of Baltic Sea LIFE initiated by the NABU.



New cooperation in Hamburg with FCKSTRAWS

The “Clubkinder” and the “greenmusic initiative” start things off and want to make the club scene in Hamburg more substainable by banning the single-use plastic straws from all the bars and clubs. The initiavitve is called “FCKSTRAWS”. DEEPWAVE as the cooperation partner provides the necessary knowledge to implement the campaign.

Information about the campaign can be found here.

Vancouver will be the 1st Canadian city to ban plastic straws, foam cups and foam containers

© City of Vancouver- Zero Waste 2040

Kelowna Now, 17.05.2018, Author: Josh Duncan

Vancouver City Council reached a monumental decision on Wednesday. Council voted to
adopt a policy that prohibits the use of plastic straws, as well as foam cups and take-out
containers. It’s all part of Vancouver’s plan to have zero waste by the year 2040, which is
being called the Zero Waste 2040 strategy.
“Every week in Vancouver, 2.6 million plastic-lined cups and 2 million plastic bags are
thrown in the garbage,” read a tweet from Vancouver’s Mayor’s Office. “Cups and take-out
containers make up 50% of all items in public waste bins.” That pales in comparison to the
7 million straws that end up in Vancouver’s garbages each week.

The entire article can be found here.

Report of the “Complete Zero Waste 2040” strategy:

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