Welcome to the SUFB blogcast, I hope you all had a great weekend! I want to start the week the same way that Dr. Sylvia Earle started last week: by reiterating the urgency and necessity of conserving our oceans.
Last Monday, Dr. Earle addressed a distinguished assemblage of guests at the Clinton Global Initiative in New York as part of a panel discussing sustainability in our oceans. She stressed that as a global community, we’re not doing enough to prevent the overexploitation of our critical and limited underwater resources. And there’s a reason for this lack of protection. “People do not understand why they should care,” says Earle. “If people understand that the ocean is fundamental to every breath they take, to their very existence, they will do what it takes because of the recognition that it’s important to our economy, to our health security, but most importantly to life itself.”
She went on to explain that there’s a great number of things we can do to ensure the oceans continue to provide for our well-being. Cutting down on the consumption of seafood, specifically species that are not harvested in sustainable ways, would reduce the pressure our fishing industry is putting on fish and invertebrate stocks. Reducing our reliance on single-use plastics will cut down on the amount of plastic that ultimately ends up in the ocean. This plastic is then ingested by marine predators, getting lodged in their digestive tracts and sometimes killing them. Humans kill enough of our ocean’s sharks and fish. we certainly don’t need any help.
As perhaps the most vocal advocate of responsible management and protection of our marine habitats in the world, Dr. Earle’s remarks certainly carry plenty of weight among policy makers. However, we can’t leave it all up to her. To find out what you can do to help conserve our oceans, text “Conservemyoceans” to 33444 and receive a list of top 10 things you can do to help. Five of the 10 you can do without even leaving your computer. And, as always, if you have any suggestions for how to better protect our oceans that I missed please let me know on social media or in the comment section below this blog.