Communities are adapting to increased pressures on marine resources by taking a more direct role in their management, conservation and stewardship. From seafood consumers and fisherfolk to communicators, policy makers and business leaders, the future of marine conservation reflects humanity's diverse relationship to the ocean.

Charting the Future of Ocean Media and Message

By James Fahn, Earth Journalism Network


People love the ocean. Science has shown it. But do they value it? Not enough, ocean advocates would say. Or at the very least, the love we humans have for the oceans is not reflected in our collective behavior and our policies. Otherwise, the oceans would not be in the damaged state we find them today, their fish stocks depleted, coral reefs degraded and waters debased by all manner of garbage and pollutants.

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What Will it Take to Get Plastics Out of the Ocean?

By Anja Krieger, Ensia


From drones to filters to artificial islands, innovators are working to reduce the threat that thousands of tons of trash pose to marine ecosystems. Plastics can be found in the stomachs of whales, fish and many other marine animals. Turtles suffocate when they confuse shopping bags with jellyfish, or drown when they get entangled in discarded nets. Seals get stuck in plastic rings from six-packs that slowly cut through their necks. In the middle of the Pacific, albatross chicks die, weakened from overconsumption of bottle caps and toys. So how big of a challenge is it? 

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Op-Ed: Policies for a Blue Economy

By The Secretariat for the Global Ocean Commission


The new Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are being heralded as transformational, universal, and indivisible. The groundswell of political will mobilized around the SDGs could help break the deadlocks over climate change and trade disputes that have been stifling progress towards sustainable development for years. But to actually make this happen, these 17 goals will need to trigger a major – and long overdue – disruption of the global status quo, fundamentally shift priorities, and redress entrenched injustices.

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Is Salmon Raised on Land the Future of Seafood?

By Joaquin Palomino, National Geographic


Sockeye have all but disappeared from the Nimpkish River. But a stone's throw away, a warehouse brims with hundreds of thousands of Atlantic salmon. This $7.6 million (U.S.) warehouse is called Kuterra. Owned by the Namgis First Nation, it is one of the few commercial-scale, land-based salmon farms in the world. Considered a model for sustainable aquaculture, Kuterra recycles its water, converts its waste into fertilizer, avoids use of pesticides and antibiotics, and relies predominantly on grains and soy for fish food.

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Community Driven Conservation Works to Save Madagascar's Sharks

By Hannah McNeish, Al Jazeera English


Before Noavy started monitoring shark catches, she would only get up before dawn to harvest the seaweed that lies drying in various stages of rubbery or crispy tangles outside her home. Nowadays, her data-collection on sharks being brought into her village means she's up and on call at all hours, despite the fact that the animals have been rapidly disappearing from Madagascar's shoreline for the past 30 years.

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Looking to Smarter Fishing Gear to Reduce Global Bycatch

By Anja Krieger


Large numbers of marine animals get stuck in nets and end up as bycatch. After the trawls are emptied, the fisherman throw these species back into the sea, a procedure many don’t survive. Could smarter fishing equipment make a difference? 

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