We are a small team of enthusiastic people with different ideas and professional backgrounds coming together to make a difference, helping our marine environment by conducting an exciting long term conservation project.
When Ocean is Your Life
Expedition April 2019
The Legendary Opal Standing for the Voices of the Seas at the Edge of the Arctic
This year we are inviting experts from different fields; plastic science, whale and bird scientists to collect data about Icelandic ocean health and develop together a field course for students next year 2020.
Belén García OvideMarine Biologist & Wildlife Guide Founder of Ocean Missions. Ocean passionate and energetic since she can remember.
Daniel Gonzalez de la PeñaNature Photographer & MSc Marine Ecosystems-based Management Daniel has grown up surrounded and loving nature.
Heimir HarðarsonCaptain of Schooner Opal Co- founder of Ocean Missions. An explorer by heart and sailor by soul.
Doctor Charla Jean BasranWhale Researcher Charla is a marine biologist and a whale researcher, with a master’s in marine and coastal management who recently completed her phD
Experts Said About Us
The Arctic regions are particularly vulnerable, and much of the marine life that forms here is the basic prey for marine life across the globe. This is why I’m very excited to join the expedition with Ocean Missions in Iceland.
I joined the Ocean Missions expedition knowing it was a great opportunity to spend a week sailing with people with different backgrounds and skills, but one common goal: making a difference for the oceans and spreading the world.
I join this your to work with other people who are passionate about the Ocean and to get inspired. Bringing people together working for a project like this have a great potential and I want to support it. It is important to raise awareness and built bridges between science and public engagement. Sailing Opal has been amazing. I am very happy to be an Ocean Missions ambassador.
This experience, the sailing, the science, the landscape, the people… was absolutely beautiful. This project is as critical as inspiring and it needs to get off the ground. I wont soon forget my days under an on deck pulling ropes and analyzing micro plastics from the shimmering blue Icelandic waters. It’s a dream to watch the icy white caps clapping up into frozen, snowcapped mountains.
If we are willing to live with other beings, then we need to also listen to our fellow humans and make cross-overs between different fields of expertise. This is was I was eager to come. I believe that Ocean Missions is beautiful initiative with a perfect platform for developing projects and relationships (human to human and human to non human…). I am forever grateful to be part of Opal crew and the ongoing conversation with the Ocean.
After years of experience in science and tourism business we learnt that inspiration, team building and to bring people to discover the wonders of the sea while understanding the problems is a powerful approach for working together for healthy oceans.
With our seasonal expeditions in Arctic and Subarctic regions we monitor plastic pollution, whale and sea bird ecology and use the data for scientific and educational purposes.
Everyone can be part of the solution. We believe on a bottom-up strategy, developing solutions from the individual level up to the collective. Connecting and engaging people, we work closely with decision makers, schools, the public and the scientific community to protect and respect the oceans.