It’s time to look at our future. It’s time to look at our oceans.
The oceans cover about two-thirds of the surface of the Earth and are the very foundations of life. They generate most of the oxygen we breathe, absorb a large share of carbon dioxide emissions, provide food and nutrients and regulate climate. They are important economically for countries that rely on tourism, fishing and other marine resources for income and serve as the backbone of international trade.
Unfortunately, human pressures, including over-exploitation, illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing, destructive fishing, as well as unsustainable aquaculture practices, marine pollution, habitat destruction, alien species, climate change and ocean acidification are taking a significant toll on the world’s oceans and seas.
June 8 is World Oceans Day, an annual celebration of the planet’s oceans and recognized by the United Nations each year. This day is also a call for ocean conservation action throughout the year. Take a look:
Many of our projects work with our oceans and the ecosystems that support them. Take a look here and support one (or more) today!
As more people are turning to a greener lifestyle, many are making new year’s resolutions to become more earth-friendly for 2017 and beyond.
And there are plenty of ways to make green part of your lifestyle – without a lot of effort.
Here are a few suggestions:
When it comes to seafood, look for sustainable. The U.S. loves its seafood, and is one of the top consumers of seafood in the world, especially when it comes to canned tuna fish. That means, where we buy our seafood (supermarkets) makes a huge difference to the livelihood of those who work in this industry and the health of our oceans. Today, 15 of the top 20 North American retailers have made commitments to buy and sell sustainable seafood. The Conservation Alliance for Seafood Solutionsis working hard to make sure these stores keep their commitment. And CeDePesca focuses on working with fisheries and fisherman. But you have a role to play too, by making the choice to only purchase ocean-friendly seafood.
Join a CSA or plant a co-operative organic vegetable garden.
Make this the year that you decide to eat the freshest, healthiest, most local produce you can. You can either join a Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) program and get your produce from a local farmer, including The Food Commons model, or you can go a step further and grow your own! Planting a vegetable garden will fill your kitchen with yummy produce and cut down on the carbon emissions from transporting the vegetables you normally buy. Check out The Farmscape Foundation for more ideas.
Choose environmentally responsible restaurants.
Approximately 30 percent of the world’s greenhouse gas emissions comes from food systems. Yet by choosing places to eat where they are committed to the environment, can help reduce our carbon footprint. ZeroFoodprintis helping lead the charge.
The Conservation Alliance for Seafood Solutions (the “Alliance”) welcomes applications for the new position of Alliance Executive Director, available immediately.
About The Alliance
The Conservation Alliance connects leading conservation organizations with businesses that together represent over 80% of the North American grocery and food service markets. Members and collaborators work together to solve sustainable seafood’s biggest challenges so that oceans and the businesses that depend on them can thrive while advancing vibrant and resilient ocean and freshwater ecosystems that contribute to improved livelihoods and food security.
The Alliance Executive Director position is newly-created and is a critical next step in an Alliance-wide capacity-building initiative. With community energy, a robust and challenging work plan, and a growing pipeline of interested potential new member organizations, the Alliance is at an important inflection point in its programs and services. The Alliance seek an entrepreneurial and well-connected Executive Director with a track record of experience in the conservation community. The Executive Director, alongside the Steering Committee and its contractors, will capitalize on this growing momentum by strategically leading the Alliance in weaving together the strategies of member organizations, incubating new ideas and elevating the Alliance as a key leader within the sustainable seafood movement.
Root Solutions is dedicated to providing conservationists and policy makers with tools and resources informed by the proven methods of behavioral science, allowing them to create more effective campaigns, polices and strategies that reflect how people process information and make decisions. With techniques like, “green nudges,” people can be motivated to use behavior that is both good for them and good for the environment.
The project is the brainchild of Nya Van Leuvan and Rod Fujita, who met at the Environmental Defense Fund where they led the introduction of decision science to their colleagues. The project is also producing a book called “Choices for Change: Using Behavioral Insights to Save the Planet,” which they hope will help policy-makers, advocates, and the general public understand how to frame and encourage behavior that makes conservation a part of our daily lives.
Today, June 8th, we join the United Nations General Assembly to celebrate World Oceans Day and recognize that “our rainwater, drinking water, weather, climate coastlines, much of our food, and even the oxygen in the air we breathe, are all ultimately provided and regulated by the sea.” 1. It also gives us a chance to shine a spotlight on the amazing work of a few of the projects in our portfolio that focus on conserving and protecting our marine ecosystems across the world.
Olazul is reinventing the aquarium trade in Indonesia to protect reefs, repurposing fisheries waste to relieve pressure on wild fish on Mexico’s Baja peninsula, and restoring our oceans for future generations.
Ocean Outcomes works hand-in-hand with commercial fishermen to improve high risk fisheries with key initiatives underway in Russia (one of the world’s top ten producers of wild fish) and in Japan, which is home to the largest seafood market in the world, yet is not home to any publicly recognized Fishery Improvement Projects.
cChange (formerly SeaWeb Asia Pacific), with offices in Fiji and Papua New Guinea, works in the background to foster community-owned social media campaigns that create immediate and sustainable change. Check out the super successful West Maui Kumuwai and 4Fiji campaigns!
T4CI is proud to welcome Ocean Outcomes (O2) as a new project partner. Ocean Outcomes’ mission is to improve the sustainability of commercial fishing by teaming up with fisheries to implement science-based improvements to management, supply chain policy, and other business practices. Working on the ground in fisheries in Japan, Russia, and the Pacific Northwest, O2 is dedicated to educating commercial fisheries in the tangible economic benefits of instituting sustainability measures industry-wide.
Ocean Outcomes have implemented several successful projects prior to joining T4CI, from protecting wild salmon with the help of one of the world’s largest chum fishery to fighting salmon poaching in eastern Russia. O2’s vision of a world with healthy aquatic ecosystems, a plentiful and profitable wild seafood supply, and thriving fishing communities is something we can all aspire to help create and T4CI is excited to partner with O2 to help accomplish that.
An Interview with Beau Perry, Founder and Former Director, Olazul
Olazul’s mission is to help coastal communities transition from overfishing and destructive seafood farming practices to more ecologically and financially sound livelihoods through ecological aquaculture.
In a nutshell, how do you accomplish this?
We are open to any alternative livelihood models – ecological aquaculture fits particularly well. In one project, (Seafood Waste Silage) we take processing waste from fisheries and use yogurt to convert it into “soup”, and sell it as a key ingredient for aquaculture feeds. It turns out shrimp growers can feed the shrimp the same stuff that other fisheries are throwing away. Continue reading →
An interview with Ernesto Godelman, Founder and Director, CeDePesca
What is CeDePesca’s purpose?
Center for Development and Sustainable Fisheries CeDePesca) is a nonprofit organization that works with fishermen and fishing companies in Latin America and the Caribbean to achieve sustainable fisheries.
What kind of work were you doing before you founded CeDePesca?
I was working in the fishing port Mar del Plata in Argentina as an electrical engineer. When the country entered crisis, I lost everything (twice). I was a taxi driver, a cheese seller, a second hand book seller, a home electrician, and in construction. As fisheries are a crucial economic activity in Mar del Plata, much of my work was directly or indirectly related to the economic health of the fishing industry. Continue reading →