Globally, we are virtually celebrating the United Nations’ World Oceans Day. They invite us to join their virtual event to learn more and spread the word about the state of our oceans and the state of global fisheries industries.
I recently joined Skylo, having worked my entire life in the fishing industry. We are making a world of difference to improve our oceans, not just on Oceans Day, but everyday.
There is a long battle ahead to achieve widespread sustainable fishing. Small changes can help fight the impacts of climate change and have a positive impact and realistic solution to improve the future of our oceans and help increase the sustainability of the fishing industry. In order to keep our worldwide oceans clean and healthy, we all need to adopt a more ocean-friendly lifestyle by changing our consumer habits.
There are at least five ways that we can be more aware and make better decisions in our daily lives to make the oceans cleaner, safer and more sustainable.
1. Get Educated. There are numerous websites and publications that can help us all stay informed. As you educate yourself, you can also learn more about your local & national representatives and vote for ocean sustainability.
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2. Eat sustainable seafood. According to the U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization, 75% of the world’s fisheries are significantly depleted or recovering from overexploitation. Demand that your seafood provider buy from sustainable fisheries. Look for terms like line-caught, diver-caught, sustainably-caught, or sustainably-harvested.
3. Use reusable plastic products. Plastic is taking over our oceans, and they are degrading marine habitats and contributing to the deaths of many types of marine life. Plastic resembles food to many marine birds, turtles and marine mammals and it can wreak havoc on their digestive systems. To help prevent these unnecessary deaths, people can recycle and reuse bags and water bottles, pushing enterprises to stop producing so much unnecessary plastic.
4. Properly dispose of hazardous materials. Motor oil, batteries, and other hazardous materials end up in coastal areas due to improper disposal, polluting waters and hurting the ocean health and life. We can all do better at making sure we safely dispose of hazardous waste materials.
5. Buy ocean-friendly products. Avoid unsustainable and marine unfriendly products, like cosmetics containing shark squalene and jewelry made of coral or sea turtles. These products are directly linked to unsustainable fishing and are lending themselves to the destruction of entire marine ecosystems.
Albert Einstein said, “We cannot solve our problems with the same level of thinking that created them.” As we face these sustainability and climate related issues, indeed, we need to act fast, and we need to apply innovative technology solutions that can both keep us informed and accelerate the ways we change our behavior.
Innovative IoT technologies move us closer to adopting a real-time understanding of the food we are consuming. Knowing more about the fish we eat -- like where and when they were caught -- is a big step forward in sustainable fishing. These technologies promote a greater understanding and will not only help with sustainability efforts, but also improve our health and well-being. Imagine if we could all see a live tracking map at the market or restaurant as we order our food. This technology exists today - we just need to implement it.
The future of ﬁsheries depends on digital innovation. Improvements in IoT technologies offering 2-way alerts, SOS messaging, and ship-to-shore communications about catches, and always-on vessel monitoring and location awareness. Given the high cost of communications, not to mention the complexities faced when trying to deploy access points and platforms, there hasn’t yet been a realistic solution. Skylo has changed all that -- making it easy and affordable for fishermen everywhere to deploy solutions.
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