Quick Dips
Curated topical articles on the Blue Economy

Women in blue foods: Overlooked and undervalued

Rebecca Short, World Ocean Initiative / World Economic Forum Fisheries & Aquaculture

Women account for more than half of annual small-scale catches across the Pacific, and their role in aquatic food production is linked to the better provision of food and economic benefits among children and vulnerable people.

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COP26 event highlights aquaculture’s role in transforming food systems

The Fish Site Fisheries & Aquaculture

As world leaders met in Glasgow last week for COP26, panellists from GSI, DNB, IDH and Ivey Foundation showcased why and how aquaculture can play a key role in reducing climate impact.

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Offshore aquaculture offers a climate change solution, but can farms withstand severe weather events?

Jodi Helmer, Global Seafood Alliance Fisheries & Aquaculture

‘Massive oil rig-like structures that were once the realm of science fiction are now made manifest’.

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Could Seaweed Snacks Help Restore the Oceans?

Tiffany Duong, EcoWatch Fisheries & Aquaculture

When Palmer cofounded 12 Tides with Pat Schnettler, they wanted to address some of the dire challenges facing the ocean — coastline destruction, pollution and overfishing.

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Will WTO members act now to end harmful fisheries subsidies?

Peter Thomson, World Economic Forum Fisheries & Aquaculture

Every year over $20 billion of taxpayers’ money funds harmful fisheries subsidies around the world.

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NOAA identifies prime places for aquaculture

The Fish Site Fisheries & Aquaculture

NOAA has released two Atlases compiling the best available science to inform the identification of Aquaculture Opportunity Areas (AOAs) in the Gulf of Mexico and Southern California.

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How a New Program Is Restoring Oyster Populations

Carol Kaufmann, The Pew Charitable Trusts Fisheries & Aquaculture

A creative collaboration taps unused oysters to help clean up New York Harbor.

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New Tool Helps Seafood Businesses Fight Illegal Fishing

Kristine Beran & Huw Thomas, The Pew Charitable Trusts Fisheries & Aquaculture

Users can verify source of fish—and hold suppliers to fair labor standards.

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Cop26: Oceanographer Sylvia Earle calls for industrial fishing ban on high seas

Dan Collyns, The Guardian Fisheries & Aquaculture

Ending unsustainable commercial exploitation of the Earth’s ‘blue heart’ is as vital as curbing fossil fuel use, says pioneering biologist.

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Aqua-Spark plans investment in Africa’s catfish producersShem Oirere

Shem Oirere, Seafood Source Fisheries & Aquaculture

Aquaculture investment fund Aqua-Spark has announced plans to invest in catfish-producing companies in sub-Saharan-African markets as part of its strategy to support the growth of the region’s aquaculture industry.

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Misconceptions about offshore aquaculture refuted in new paper

Rob Fletcher, The Fish Site Fisheries & Aquaculture

The offshore aquaculture sector has faced dogged criticism that undermines public support, but a new paper addresses many of these misconceptions and outlines the industry’s role in shoring up food security in the United States.

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Latin American countries join reserves to create vast marine protected area

Dan Collyns, The Guardian Fisheries & Aquaculture

Four Pacific-facing Latin American nations have committed to joining their marine reserves to form one interconnected area, creating one of the world’s richest pockets of ocean biodiversity.

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The stage is set for seaweed startup success

Rob Fletcher, The Fish Site Fisheries & Aquaculture

Europe’s growing band of seaweed producers could be generating revenues of €2.7 billion and providing 85,000 jobs by 2030.

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Stop overfishing or we’ll buy elsewhere, top UK fish firm warns European states

Karen McVeigh, The Guardian Fisheries & Aquaculture

Young’s Seafood joins calls for sustainable quotas of mackerel, herring and blue whiting to be agreed in line with scientific advice.

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Sharks and rays are in free fall: More than one-third are threatened with extinction from overfishing

VanderWright, W. et al., The Conversation Fisheries & Aquaculture

Sharks, rays and chimeras are now the second-most threatened vertebrate group, after amphibians. In a recent study, we found that over one-third of sharks and rays are threatened with extinction.

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Algae sex could save corals from climate change

Mike Williams, Futurity/WEF Fisheries & Aquaculture

A new study shows the algae that are important to corals are able to reproduce through sex. 

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Tuna Fishing and Retail Groups Join Pew in Encouraging Ratification of Crew Safety Treaty

Kristine Beran, The Pew Charitable Trusts Fisheries & Aquaculture

Cape Town Agreement would lower risks in one of world’s most dangerous professions and curtail illegal fishing.

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World Octopus Day IG Live

Investable Oceans Fisheries & Aquaculture

We were thrilled to host @Octonation founder and octopus fan #1 Warren Carlyle @octowarren to celebrate one of our favorite cephalopods! We talked about how amazing octopuses are, why people love them, and what’s in store for the future.

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Countries Must Adopt Ecosystem-Focused Management for Northeast Atlantic Fisheries

Jean-Christophe Vandevelde & Ashley Wilson, The Pew Charitable Trusts Fisheries & Aquaculture

Failures show need for precautionary catch limits and sustainable strategy for mackerel, herring, and blue whiting.

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'Living seawalls' bring back biodiversity to Sydney Harbour

James and Redmayne, Jill Gralow, Reuters Fisheries & Aquaculture

About 50% of the natural shore of the harbour has been transformed by seawalls and pilings, which do not support biodiversity the same way a natural coastline would.

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