The Earth’s oceans are wondrous and magnificent, hosting an array of unique and jaw-dropping marine species with astounding adaptive capabilities. With depths of approximately 14,000 feet and a broad geographic range that consists of hot springs, hydrothermal vents and pillars, it’s no wonder that nearly two-thirds of ocean life remains undiscovered. Not only do oceans support a diverse group of organisms, they also produce more than half of our atmosphere’s oxygen and absorb the most carbon from it. We depend on these vast waters for food, water, and products that keep us healthy, clothed, and entertained. Join us at SXSW Eco this year to discuss the future of our oceans–see the exciting sessions we have in store below.
Recently, much deserved attention has been brought to the critical levels of overfishing, plastic and toxic pollution, ocean acidification, and the effects of climate change on marine life. Although ocean conservation issues have become more prominent, there needs to be more discussion centered around ways to prohibit dumping and sustain life. Join Anna Clark of EarthPeople, Charlotte Vick of Mission Blue, Mark McWilliams of Kiss the Ocean, and Mark Hall of Sakana Film Productions LLC on Monday morning as they share their multidimensional overview on pollution control in the panel Ocean Conservation Through Social Innovation.
Emerging smart technology can bridge competing ocean interests and build collaborative solutions with everyone from fishing communities to energy developers to government agencies around the world. Blue Tools: Inclusive Tech for Ocean Health brings together field experts to highlight the newest tech tools that are helping to protect our seas.
Explore the fragility of the fishing industry and partnerships and initiatives around the globe that are making the most positive difference on the world’s fisheries in Are There Really Plenty of Fish in the Sea?