From Plant Press, Vol. 17, No. 4, October 2014.
Sylvia A. Earle, National Geographic Explorer-in-Residence and the founder of Mission Blue, visited the U.S. National Herbarium on August 6, 2014, for an interview with ABC's Power Players Susan Saulny. Earle, currently in the midst of a press tour for the release of her new documentary "Mission Blue", discussed ocean conservation, as highlighted in her upcoming film.
A multitude of current issues were discussed including sustainable fisheries: from ocean to table, the long-term impacts of the BP Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill on the Gulf Region, and the future outlook for the world's oceans. The interview was conducted in the exact location in the herbarium where a segment of "Mission Blue" was also filmed. Both segments helped to highlight the extensive collection of algal specimens which Earle generously donated to the Smithsonian Institution in 1999.
The Earle collection adds to an already vast record of marine botanical species across many decades, thereby permanently preserving these species during a time where the oceans are undergoing dramatic shifts. Emphasizing these shifts, Earle ended the interview with her mantra of choice "no water, no life; no blue, no green". The documentary "Mission Blue" was recently released by Netflix.