The plight of the planet’s coral reefs have been thrust once again into the spotlight in recent days. The most eye-catching headlines were also, sadly, the grimmest. A new report from the United Nations’ Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES) stated that nature is declining at rates not previously witnessed in human history, with plenty of concerning emphasis on the world’s seas and oceans. Launched in Paris, the report was compiled over three years by 450 experts, and draws from over 15,000 scientific and government sources. The authors pulled no punches in asserting that ‘transformative changes’ are required in order to protect and preserve various parts of the natural world.
We’re currently seeking insights from aquaculture and mariculture industry representatives.
If you operate in this sector and would like to complete a short survey or take part in a brief interview please let us know. The survey takes no more than 7mins to complete and is available here.
We’d very much appreciate the opportunity to learn more about the way you operate. In particular we are exploring the extent to which remote sensing is already (and could further) improve efficiency and effectiveness.
Tourism is arguably the most accessible theme across the blue economy spectrum. Perhaps it’s almost too obvious when considered against deep ocean exploration, mineral extraction, fishing in the open ocean and a host of other themes and industries that seem somehow more mysterious and commercial but marine and coastal tourism accounts for 26% of the blue economy, making it the joint second largest ocean industry. Only the oil and gas sector is considered to have higher economic value in the ocean domain.
March the 8th is International Women’s Day, this year promoting the theme ‘balance is better’ recognising the importance of gender balance.
We reviewed news and highlights from across the marine and maritime sectors to see how gender is being considered by organisations working in the seas and oceans.