Growing up in a coastal fishing village in Greece, fishing was always something natural for me and my friends, some of whom came from fishing families and have actually become fishermen themselves. Our family sailing vacations evolved mostly around some sort of fishing or underwater exploring – and sailing which as a matter of fact … Continue reading Harvesting from the Sea – the Great debate
The recent atrocious and pointless killing of more than 1400 dolphins in one day in the Faroe Islands has horrified many while making headlines around the world. This outcry may cause the government to review the regulations regarding dolphin hunt – here’s hoping. Since this is kind of a single murder event, it is relatively … Continue reading Biscay bycatch – save our dolphins!
Protecting marine areas is a vital measure in re-establishing and protecting the blue paradises that support and give life to our planet. So when we learned that the SDG target 14.5 (see introduction to the SDGs here Life Below Water – Sustainable Development Goal 14) was the only one of the four targets under SDG 14 with a 2020 deadline to meet (or on track to meet) to be realised, we were delighted and keen for the target to be extended to conserve beyond the 10 % of coastal and marine areas (World Oceans Day is calling for the goal to be extended to 30 pct. protected by 2030 (Sign the Petition – World Ocean Day). But then we learned that the 10 % is “rounded up” from less than 5 % or maybe only 1 % (defying the rules of mathematics and common sense). Continue reading Marine Protected Areas or just “Paper-parks”
SDG 14 “Life Below Water” is essential for sustaining life, as Sylvia Earle so simply, yet eloquently say “No water, no life, no blue, no green”. We humans are on every level dependent on the ocean. Continue reading Life Below Water – Sustainable Development Goal 14