Can the Ocean Feed Our Rapidly Growing Population?

Written by on November 20, 2013 in Other News

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Will our growing population turn to seafood?

Will our growing population eat seafood? Photo credit: Vanessa Pike-Russell via photopin cc.

80 Million Coming for Dinner: What to Serve?
Every year, our population grows by nearly 80 million. By 2040 there will be more than 9 billion people on Earth. These new people will require a lot of resources, including food. How are we going to feed all these people? One place to look is the ocean. It’s a good place to look because “a single 150 g (5 oz) serving of seafood can provide 60% of a person’s daily need for protein.” But can we feed a growing population while still maintaining sustainable fisheries? Check out this analysis of the future of seafood (and food in general) from the Ocean Health Index.

Sea sponges share secrets
Researchers recently discovered new compounds from sea sponges that show “anticancer activity.” The compounds, chondropsins, are produced by three species of Australian sea sponge, including one found in the Great Barrier Reef. Chondropsins (a type of chemical called macrolide lactams) have an “unprecedented profile of activity against a panel of 60 tumour cell types.” If these compounds could be used medically, they could initially be taken from the wild but eventually would need to be produced synthetically.

What’s a humpback whale doing in the forest?
This video has a pretty great message: ‘out of sight, out of mind’ is a big problem for the oceans. If whales like this were living on land, would we care more about them? You can see the video from Whale and Dolphin Conservation below.

Copyright © 2013 by Marine Science Today, a publication of Marine Science Today LLC.

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About the Author: Emily Tripp is the Publisher and Editor of She holds marine science and biology degrees from the University of Miami's Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science and a Master of Advanced Studies degree in Marine Biodiversity and Conservation from Scripps Institution of Oceanography. When she's not writing about marine science, she's probably running around outside or playing with her dog. .


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