Four years of blogging about the vast complex environmental and socio-economic aspects associated with advancing sustainable seafood production has been an unprecedented dynamic learning experience for Sea Port. Now is the perfect time for Sea Port to pause, analyze, and to highlight the four main blog takeaways from the past four years that have stood out to us the most. While the following four selected highlights are conclusory, speculative, and prospective in nature, Sea Port’s steadfast blog message throughout the entire past four years has always been a simple one: By increasing our consumption of sustainably produced seafood from wild fisheries and aquaculture we will advance the entire health of our beautiful blue planet and that of our personal health and wellbeing.
Four Standout Blog Takeaways from the Past 4 Years:
1. There is now a greater worldwide consensus that the Earth is in a new epoch called the Anthropocene in which humans are causing climate change, ocean acidification, destructive pollution, and habitat changes that are now becoming major challenges to achieving sustainable wild fisheries and aquaculture. This new consensus is a very positive development because it is creating a united global effort to confront these negative consequences of humanity’s remarkably successful journey through history to become Earth’s most dominant inhabitant.
2. The explosion in global communication, driven primarily by the exponential growth of the internet and cellular networks, has enabled the instantaneous sharing of fishery science data and technological advancements. This has resulted in rapid sustainability improvements in both wild fisheries and aquaculture on a global basis. What you cannot measure you cannot improve and this is being addressed by the rapid development of high-tech sensors that can measure a myriad of physical, chemical, visual, and biological variables in real-time. These sensors will transform responsible management practices for both wild fisheries and aquaculture going forward.
3. The loss of global biodiversity and natural habitats must be halted in order to safeguard the creative adaptive capacity of Mother Nature that ensures that our productive natural resources will always continue to have the resiliency to provide for our long-term survival.
4. Sustainable food production, whether from the wild or farms, requires the responsible management of limited natural resources and physical spaces in order to achieve the maximum sustainable yield of food from our finite planet. World human population, as it expands toward 10 billion by the year 2050, may likewise require proactive responsible management efforts to achieve the maximum sustainable yield in terms of the actual human numbers that can inhabit our Earth on a sustainable basis.
Conclusion: The consensus at Sea Port is that the color blue is the color of optimism and that therefore our Earth is the epitome of such. It is with this strong belief that Sea Port enthusiastically looks forward to sharing many more blogs that highlight and champion the responsible stewardship of all the precious aquatic resources of our wondrous blue planet.
Sincerely, Dave Glaubke
Director of Sustainability Initiatives – Sea Port Products