Reuters has discovered that from the waters off the East Coast of the United States to the coasts of West Africa, marine creatures are fleeing for their lives, and the communities that depend on them are facing disruption as a result.
As waters warm, fish and other sea life are migrating poleward, seeking to maintain the even temperatures they need to thrive and breed. The number of creatures involved in this massive diaspora may well dwarf any climate impacts yet seen on land.
The biggest problem the world has ever faced
Habitat destruction, overfishing, and pollution, are stripping the ocean's ability to provide critical services to humanity; food, livelihoods, and climate regulation. This destruction co-encides with the rapidly changing climate and acidification of seawater, which both are reducing the ocean's to absorb carbon and to regulate global temperatures and local weather patterns.
The journal Science published a four-year study in November 2006 predicting at prevailing trends that the world would run out of wild-caught seafood in 2048. The scientists stated that the decline was a result of overfishing, pollution and other environmental factors that were reducing the population of fisheries at the same time as their ecosystems were being annihilated. This is a crisis for the industry and the global population in general. Developing and sharing regenerative aquaculture practices is not only innovative, but essential to our future.
An important role for best practices is organizational learning. At any given time, there are various initiatives within the industry which lead to process improvements. Often, these are not codified, but informal best practices that arise from trial and error rather than a focused effort. Seafood Commons is a technical support system for meaningful collaboration between industry stakeholders that advances regeneration. Here are some examples of organizations embodying and disseminating such practices.
The seafood industry contributes US$230 billion to the global economy, creating jobs that support to 8% of the world’s population. One billion people rely on fish as their primary source of protein. The ocean provides more than half of our oxygen. Healthy fish populations keep the ocean healthy.