"And the sand-castle virtues are all swept away
In the tidal destruction, the moral melee..."
- from Thick As A Brick, Jethro Tull
This evolving paper examines progress in trying to achieve SDG 14. Life Below Water.
WHAT TRENDS ARE WE SEEING?
The oceans are in turmoil, but unfortunately most of it is out of sight and therefore out of mind. In Commodifying the Oceans, Environmental sociologist Stefano Longo explored the multiple threats to the oceans, from overfishing to coral reef collapse to ocean acidification.
Ocean acidification represents a serious threat to marine biodiversity. Progressive ocean acidification will also increasingly slow the growth of corals and shell-forming reef organism.
The average global ocean temperature is expected to rise by between one and four degrees Celsius by 2100. An increase in seawater temperature will affect the reproduction period of fish and shrimp and may result in large-scale migration of fish
HOW ARE PEOPLE RESPONDING?
Organic Health Response Aquaponic Farming System is a bio-dynamic aquaponic farming system on the remote island of Mfangano, Kenya, which was developed with a team of UCSF, UCB, and University of Minnesota students to create sustainable and highly efficient food production systems that also prevent overfishing in Lake Victoria.