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Motivation

Safeguarding the oceans can help economic growth, curb poverty and raise food security.

Wildcatch Fisheries in a Nutshell

  • Fish, crustacean and mollusk represent 17% of total animal protein intake.
  • The dwindling numbers of wild fish from soaring demand results in lower efficiency to trap fish measured by input energy. Takes 5X more energy (kWh) to catch same volume relative to 1950s.
  • ~ 50% of the fish stocks are classified as collapsed, rebuilding or over exploited. This combined with fisheries increased footprint (60% to 90% of world’s oceans), greatly threatens ability of endangered ocean species to reproduce and maintain their numbers.
  • The greatest food security risks are on low income areas where fish and crustaceans are their main source of protein intake.
  • Ocean management best practices and gains tend to be negated by: other markets, illegal fishing and excessive waste
  • Species at top of food chains like Tuna, Shark & Billfish are most in danger.

Landscape of Technologies and Relevant Applications

Seafood Marketplace: Wildcatch vs. Aquaculture

Value Generation: Applying Technology + Policy

Other Major Threats to Dwindling Stocks

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