During this week at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, a report was released by the Ellen MacArthur Foundation that stated there will be more plastic pollution than fish in terms of weight in the world's oceans by 2050!
This possibility is tremendously disconcerting to Sea Port because such a massive mix of slowly decomposing plastic compounds in our oceans may have negative consequences along the entire marine food chain. From a precautionary perspective, the seafood industry should add the issue of oceanic plastic pollution to the other ocean health issues of our time such as ocean warming, acidification, and overfishing. The seafood industry depends upon healthy and productive marine ecosystems and we need to be vigilant to all the threats that may jeopardize our long-term business viability.
Sea Port concurs with the MacArthur report that by transforming to a “circular economy” we will help reduce plastic ocean pollution (along with many other sources of pollution). Sea Port foresees that this economic transformation will actually be greatly aided by the projection that by the year 2050 over seventy percent of us will be concentrated in large cities. Sea Port believes that this will allow economically efficient hyper-recycling of the majority of the resources used to advance and maintain our modern societies. By the year 2050, we therefore predict that there will be very little plastic waste entering our precious and productive aquatic ecosystems due to hyper-recycling in this new coming circular economic paradigm.
Please review Sea Port’s past blog post regarding our viewpoint on hyper-recycling: http://goblueseafoodsustainability.blogspot.com/2015/04/sevenbillion-city-dwellers-implementing.html
Sea Port believes that protecting the productive capacities of our global aquatic ecosystems from all potential threats is essential for assuring our wellbeing going forward as our world population swells to 10 billion by the year 2050.
David Glaubke, Director of Sustainability Initiatives
Sea Port Products