Ocean Conservation happens for a reason. The biggest reason why we need to conserve our ocean is because we are there, humans I mean. We are in the Ocean, swimming, boating, and for other recreational reasons. We are also in the Ocean for commercial reasons, which mainly requires and excration process (oil and gas extraction, mining through extraction, and fishing through extraction). And then there are the things that we do to support business within and outside the Ocean such as ship transportation. The money generated by these activities are an extremely important part of the economy, in many different countries.
Conservationists may not like the fact that we really heavily on extractive ocena processes such as oil and gas, mining and fishing; however, we cannot ignore the fact that these type of economies exist, are profitable and they will continue to exist so long as they are profitable and there are no tangible alternatives (wow that hurt writing that). Therefore, we need to include all ocean activities into the conservation equation because conservation will not happen until we do.
I have a confession I would like to make: I do not completely understand economics; however, I know I need to understand it so I can better protect the Ocean. To accomplish this goal, I asked Jeff Adkins to come on The Speak Up For Blue POdcast to help us understand the Ocean Economies to better protect the Ocean.
I learned so much about how much we rely on Ocean Economies during the interview it was amazing! Jeff really gave me a great understanding of ocean economies, their complexity and how they integrate with Ocean Conservation. I highky suggest you listen to this episode because I believe you will learn much more about how the Ocean and the Ocean Economies work in the field of Ocean Conservation.