For a Living Ocean

Marine Life

Declining fish stocks might give “crucial consequences for our species”

The world’s fish stocks are decreasing. It is estimateds that 90 % of all big fish are already gone. Dr. Michael Crawford, of Imperial College London, sys that “without plentiful DHA, we face a future of increased mental illness and  intellectual deterioration. We need to face up to that urgently”. Docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) is an omega-3 fatty acid found in seafood. You can find the article in Mail Online here: Early human ancestors were ‘aquatic apes’: Living in water helped us evolve big  brains and walk uprigIMG_7782ht, scientists say.

Michael Crawford – one of the speakers at the Human Evolution onference in London 8-10th of May –  states that Docosahexaenoic acid have been crucial for the development of our brains (as well as for other mammals making a living from the sea). According to Crawford we should eat 40 gram fish per day, 200 days a year.

However, by improving our mental health we will also completely undermine the marine stocks – and what will happen when we are another two billion people on the earth? Add overfishing to pollution, climate change and habitat destruction, and a picture of a system in crisis emerges.


Mysteries of the Seafloor – The Great Barrier Reef visualized in new Project

Google Ocean, which was launched in 2009, is now starting a new project, Catlin Seaview Survey which will focus specifically on the Great Barrier Reef – the largest coral reef in the world. The project is a joint venture between Google, the University of Queensland and the Catlin Group.

Tens of thousands of 360-degree, high-definition panoramas of underwater forests, grasslands and crags will be taken by robot camerasvand made available on the internet. You can read more about the project in this ain The Guardian: Virtual diving: underwater panoramas of the Great Barrier Reef – in pictures.

Google Ocean has made it possible for any Internet user to explore the under water world, in what has been called “virtual diving” . Here you get the possibility to explore the ocean – which contains 99% of the biosphere.

Google Ocean contains information from leading scientists and oceanographers. Individual divers do also contribute – who knows what Bajau Laut would depict if they were getting a camera in their hands?