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What’s the state of the Oceans today – around Norway, and around the World? Are the Oceans doing well, or are they in serious trouble?
The Oceans cover most of the World’s surface, but we know very little about them compared to what we know about life on land.
During the last century, many marine environments have been severely degraded, and many major fish stocks have been overfished. Today, global warming alters the life conditions of marine organisms, with a multitude of effects that we only start to understand. One that we do understand, however, is the ongoing a destruction of tropical coral reefs, caused not only by climate but also by many other human stressors. We also have polluted the Oceans with a range of toxins, and most recently with vast amounts of plastic.
What can we learn from failures, but also successes, of management in the past and in the present? What can we do to preserve a healthy Ocean for the future, to safeguard marine environments and biodiversity from human stressors, to restore damaged environments, and to ensure marine resources for sustainable harvesting of fish and other marine resources? What will be the state of the Oceans 50 years from now – will things get worse, or will we manage to control climate change and improve management in ways that secure healthy Oceans for future generations? These and related questions form the background for the Oceans Talk by Jeremy Jackson, Nabil Ahmed and Trond Amundsen.
Jeremy Jackson is a professor of oceanography at the Scripps Instiutution of Oceanograpghy in the USA, among the World’s leading marine scientists, and a strong advocate for sustainable management of marine biodiversity.
Nabil Ahmed works at the interface of arts and law, and is among the leaders of the Interprt project focusing on marine “ecocide”.
Trond Amundsen is a professor of animal behaviour at NTNU, working with behavior, ecology and evolution of marine fishes in Norway and abroad, including coral reefs.