Punxsutawney Phil predicted another month of the latest and greatest in ocean research!
FEBRUARY 2: RESEARCH SUMMARY - SMALL-SCALE FISHERIES
Artisanal fisheries employ approximately twenty-four times more people than industrial fisheries and use less than 1/7th of the fuel, even though they catch the same amount of food and much less bycatch.
RESEARCH: FAO 2015. Artisanal Fisheries
FEBRUARY 3: SUSTAINABILITY TIP - WATCHING WHAT YOU EAT
If you eat fish, and you’d like to make sure your choices are sustainable, we suggest checking out the Monterey Bay Aquarium’s Seafood Watch program. This program has national, regional, and specialized pocket guides with easily-accessible recommendations that help you shop and eat sustainably. If you are in the United States, they have specialized pocket guides for all regions, some with options in Spanish. Find and download your pocket guide at seafoodwarch.org and help us protect fish stocks while we keep the ocean everblue!
FEBRUARY 9: RESEARCH SUMMARY - DEEP SEA SCARIES
This study done in the Antarctic looked at how global currents may transport dangerous pollutants. Many surface and depth water profiles were taken in the southern Indian Ocean and off the coast of Antarctica to assess movement of contaminant particles. The study found that Organochlorine Pesticides (OCPs) do indeed cycle in these ocean currents, even in deeper ocean waters. It is advised that mediating the transport of these chemicals is vital to ocean health.
FEBRUARY 9: SUSTAINABILITY TIP - PICKING PESTICIDES
Are you looking to keep pests out of your house or off your crops? Try using an eco-friendly one, or make your own! Many pests are deterred by salt, so try making your own salt spray at home. Mix salt with warm water and spray affected areas; be careful to spray the soil of plants instead of the leaves, as it can dry the leaves out.
Everblue attended the Fifth International Marine Protected Area Congress (IMPAC5) in Vancouver, British Columbia!
It was such a great experience to meet other ocean advocates, researchers, and marine management practitioners from around the world. The conference centered Indigenous and youth voices and focused on talking about how we can ensure equity in the creation of marine management as we globally move towards the goal of protecting 30% of our oceans by 2030.