Opportunity, calamity in the balance amid plans to mine the deep sea

…rk to ensure that the world’s seabeds are managed sustainably for the benefit of all people. Jack Kittinger, director of Conservation International Hawai‘i and coauthor of the paper, explains. Q: Oil companies have been deep-sea drilling for years, yet seabed mining is only in the early stages. Why is it taking off now? A: It’s due to a combination of economics and technology. The technology for deep-sea mining is getting cheaper, and the price…

Demystifying the seafood label: Where your seafood actually comes from

…tor’s note: In the lead up to the U.N. Ocean Conference June 5-9, we’re launching an occasional series called Sea the Future, offering expert insight into the latest oceans news. Today’s topic? The mystery behind seafood labels. The seafood you buy comes from either a fishing business or an aquaculture (fish farming) operation. What you buy has implications for the health of the ocean, the livelihood of the fisher or aquaculture…

The Sea of My Childhood — and Its Uncertain Future

…ound the Baltic Sea pretty much every summer. The ample cod my family used to have for dinner a couple of nights a week is now a rare delicacy and has been replaced by farm-raised salmon from Norway. The saving grace is that seals and sea eagles — which I only recall seeing once or twice as a child — are more common thanks to a reduction in the use of damaging pesticides, and now can be seen regularly around the archipelago’s more remote…

Conservation International Launches Seascape Guidebook in Indonesia

…d ensuring food security for the region’s human population. Last week, at a CTI meeting in Jakarta, Indonesia, CI’s Global Marine Division announced the launch of The Seascapes Guidebook: How to Select, Develop and Implement Seascapes. The Seascapes Guidebook was created to provide assistance to governments as they try to achieve the five goals of the CTI Regional Plan of Action: The designation and effective management of priority seascapes;…

The Trouble With Being a Turtle … or a Fisherman

…a turtles and their conservation. Check out the Sea Turtle September website, see our blog post about a surprising new home for hawksbill turtles, and be sure to follow the #SeaTurtleSeptember hashtag on Twitter for breaking sea turtle news! Imagine that you are a sea turtle. By your nature, you live life in the slow lane. You aren’t a very fast swimmer. When you are on land, you awkwardly heave and drag your body over sand beaches for hours…

‘People are more important’: A conversation with Anote Tong

…ur contribution — our sacrifice to humanity in terms of our sustainability in the future — so that not only can we benefit today but so our children and our grandchildren can also be able to benefit from the fishery into the future. The residents of Kiribati face an uncertain future due to climate change. (© Ciril Jazbec) Tell us about Kiribati. How is it threatened by climate change? Kiribati is a beautiful country. We have more than 30…

Where does half your wild-caught seafood come from? The answer may surprise you

…ish that are caught and eaten most need to be managed based on sound science, so that they can reproduce and they can continue to feed people. Second, critical habitats need to be protected to ensure the growth and health of future fish. Last, the health of the area’s biodiversity needs to be protected in order to keep marine life healthy, productive and resilient to shocks (human and natural). As demand for seafood increases, the more…

Seafood Traceability Discussed at World Economic Forum

…First, we endorsed the Ocean Health Index, which was launched this past year under the leadership of CI. Through the WEF and their many business partners, we are now working on a project to improve the global traceability of seafood. Knowing exactly where seafood comes from and where it is processed and shipped is key to sustainability. The world has already mastered tracing most food products, but seafood lags far behind. The benefit of a…

I Wish I Was a Turtle

…ner we act, the better the chance that we can succeed. Now is the time to dive in – and help. Sylvia Earle is an oceanographer, explorer, author, lecturer, National Geographic Explorer in Residence, Leader of the Sustainable Seas Expeditions, Founder of Deep Search Foundation and Deep Ocean Exploration and Research, Council Chair for the Harte Research Institute, Council Chair for the Ocean in Google Earth and formerly served as Chief Scientist…

6 species ‘friendships’ that keep our planet healthy

…nfish covers itself in mucus to avoid the paralyzing sting of the sea anemone’s tentacles, allowing the two species to form a mutualistic relationship. (© Conservation International/photo by Trond Larsen) Clownfish and sea anemone The clownfish and sea anemone, famous for their depiction in the 2003 film “Finding Nemo,” are close companions in the ocean. While most fish are susceptible to a paralyzing neurotoxin in the sea anemone’s…

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