February 6, 2014
Scientific American Explains: How to Save the Oceans and Feed the World
BY: Michael Gardner
“Let’s save the oceans and feed the world.” We’ve been saying that a lot lately, but now we have company.
Last week, Bloomberg Philanthropies committed a historic $53 million over five years to improve international fisheries management. The project will help deliver healthy oceans to our future and ensure that 700 million people can eat a healthy seafood meal every day. It’s a necessary intervention for the oceans at a time when overfishing threatens our food supply and we face the challenge of feeding 9 billion people in the not-so-distant future.
In a recent interview with Scientific American, Oceana CEO Andy Sharpless explored this idea a bit more. How will we protect the oceans and make sure there is enough food for our hungry planet? Just 25 countries and the European Union manage more than 90 percent of the world’s wild fish catch, he says. We’ll turn things around one country at a time. It’s manageable. And it’s not too late.
Want to know more? Take a look at the video: