ALL ABOUT BLUE GROWTH
WHALECOME! This website is ALL ABOUT BLUE GROWTH. It is dedicated to assisting individuals and governments who care about and wish to grow their blue economy for a sustainable future, world where there could be food security and energy abundance for all regardless of geographical or political boundaries. The starting point is that we know more about the Moon than our oceans - we have just skimmed the surface.
'Blue Growth' success, like any tall structure, depends on solid foundations. At the moment the ecological foundations of our oceans are crumbling from man-made pollution, to include plastic, chemical spills and acid rains. The tragedy that was Deepwater Horizon is just one of a long list of examples of what poor management, focused only on short term profits will achieve. Many countries have been treating our oceans like one giant garbage dump and some still are because they may not appreciate the enormity of the clean up challenge. We simply must shun such anti-social behaviour.
We need to start thinking long-term with an emphasis on "planning" for a sustainable future rather than reacting to problems as they crop up and trying to fix our foul ups retrospectively. We also need to learn how to walk before we can run.
FACILITIES - Our test tank took another leap forward with the fabrication of the powered lifting and lowering mechanism for the carriage that takes the SeaVax proof of concept model out into the middle of the water basin. Chris Close inspects his efforts after lifting the rather heavy assembly into position. Two men just about coped with a lot of grunting. Copyright © photograph July 15 2018. All rights reserved. You will need the permission of the Cleaner Ocean Foundation to reproduce this picture except for educational use in school and colleges or for private research.
GAME CHANGER - The SeaVax ocean plastic cleaning vessel is seen here carried by an AmphiMax beach launcher, to form a go anywhere ocean cleaning rig. In our quest to clean the oceans we need to prove the concept using these scale model robots - before we move on to any full size versions, aiming for mass production, local to the plastic hot spots - all around the world. Copyright © photograph 25 June 2018 Cleaner Ocean Foundation. All rights reserved.
ROBOT LAB - Straight back to work from a terrific maritime event in Bulgaria, our volunteers re-assembled the AmphiMax with these rugged swivel axles for water tank and other vehicle trials later this year. This unique shore based vehicle is designed to launch and recover SeaVax. The AmphiMax can handle an all up weight of around 100 tons. The Foundation hope to test a half size version of the real thing in 2019-2020, or as soon as funds allow. Copyright © photograph 23 June 2018 Cleaner Ocean Foundation. All rights reserved.
EMD MAY 2018 - To close this year's sessions, the European Maritime Day mantle is handed over from the Mayor of Burgas to the Mayor of Lisbon with presentations from both parties. As a result of their EMD Burgas has committed to take action to conserve the Black Sea and promote blue growth. Copyright © photograph 1 June 2018 Cleaner Ocean Foundation. All rights reserved.
One area that everyone can help with is to say NO to single use plastic for the packaging and selling of foods. Another way you can help to reduce airborne pollution is to drive an electric car. That way noxious gases that cause acid rain could be reduced in the switch to clean, renewable energy. You can also lobby your local officials and members of your Government to adopt more sustainable policies. Most informed world leaders appreciate the problems we are facing, but need your support and any helpful suggestions as to change to get things done.
UNEA3 - The third meeting of the UN Environment Assembly was held on an exceptional basis, from 4-6 December 2017, with the high-level segment taking place on 5-6 December, and the Open Ended Committee of Permanent Representatives (OECPR) from 29 November to 1 December in Nairobi, Kenya. It was agreed that marine litter should be prioritized. Read more on this event by clicking on the picture above.
BRUSSELS 9 NOV 2017 MARINE LITTER LATEST: Claus Schultze from the DG MARE maritime innovation and marine knowledge & investment section of the European Union is seen here giving a passionate talk on marine litter to a packed house of some 247 delegates. This EMFF call was a pilot action where it was up to the stakeholders represented by those in the audience, to provide feedback. In this speech it was acknowledged that desperately needed innovation "can only happen if we invest." The EU was taking this action in the hope of bridging the "financing gap," what Mr Schultze described as the "valley of death." The focus was on drivers and innovation. We could not agree with the speaker more and thank the EMFF for putting marine litter on their agenda. Our man in Brussels asked the question about Brexit and how that might affect any UK involvement as to project proposals. The answer confirmed our worst fears, in that we are unlikely to gain funding from the EU, save only if the G20 roll up their sleeves after Hamburg and evidence their paper commitment.
BUSINESS ONLY POLICIES - One major blocker to social innovation is that not all enterprise is about making money. Some projects are about improving air quality or ocean health with no thought of making money from such endeavour. Traditional research establishments and academics are funded for pure research and monitoring of the natural environment, but projects that are somewhere in between are generally not catered for in the world of international finance such as United Nations projects, European Union initiatives or UK Government programmes. This leaves projects like SeaVax looking for other ways of raising operating funds - such as crowd funding and philanthropic donations - that are generally only very rare occurrences and for sure require an act of faith, where time is marching.
ALL FISHED OUT - A recent United Nations study reported that more than two-thirds of the world's fisheries have collapsed or are currently being over fished. Much of the remaining one third is in a state of decline due to habitat degradation from pollution and climate change. Escalating amounts of point and non-point pollution continue to threaten water quality and fish habitat. Yet, the human population consumes over 100 million metric tons of fish annually and more than 25% of the world’s dietary protein is provided by fish.
The subject is expansive, where the following sectors are considered by most organizations to be of considerable importance. We will be focusing our attentions on these areas in order of environmental value, in the hope of divining a path to accelerate blue growth sustainably. You may appreciate that harmful exploitation of the sea is also to be addressed and discouraged. We want jobs and wealth generation in circular economy fashion:
DWINDLING FISH STOCKS - Food security is a major problem the world will have to face as the available land for to grow crops reduces in competition with land for housing, as the population expands. The situation is far from sustainable and a bubble that will burst. When the bubble bursts it will cause the deaths of millions of people, where additional farming will create more carbon dioxide to heat the climate, making more land barren in a vicious circle that we must take steps to prevent happening.
Around 10% of the world (700,000,000 million people) rely on the ocean for food, but in addition to our poor land management record, we are also polluting the seven seas with plastic that is toxic - so reducing the number of fish that we might harvest for food. Aquaculture, is seen as the savior for fish supply, but fish farming is dependent on ocean and land derived feeds, hence is more of an icing quick fix than a really tasty cake.
ABOUT OUR BLUE GROWTH A-Z - We are just one of literally hundreds of concerns doing their best to promote Blue Growth around the world, with the Circular Economy firmly embedded as the driver. There are so many organizations involved in this worthy cause that it is sometimes difficult to see at a glance where the initiatives are in place and where more attention is needed.
That is why we thought it helpful to have an A to Z index of the projects that are taking place, planned for the future, or have taken place as examples of progress. It is also helpful to us to know who our potential international partners are. We only started compiling our Index in May of 2017, but we hope that by this time next year to have a comprehensive listing of contributors to blue growth and the current state of the art.
A VAST RESOURCE - The ocean is a vast underutilized resource in terms of energy generation now over fished to to the point of stagnation to feed a growing world population as land is being absorbed to build on for housing and factories, so reducing agricultural potential. In short, we are exhausting our natural resources in order of ease - for maximum profits - a short term strategy. It is easier for us to take all the fish and minerals we can in the short term and fill the ocean with waste and not worry about the consequences today. But what about tomorrow?
The use of single use plastic for packaging is just one horrifying example of major stakeholders using the most convenient means to get their product to market, while ocean literate policy makers watch marine life suffer as they grapple with ways to juggle economics and morals, praying for a miracle as they work out their terms of office.
OCEAN CONDITIONER - This vessel is designed to operate in fleets to target sea-borne waste before it settles on the ocean floor where nobody can recover it. There is nothing like it in existence today, though thankfully, other ideas for trapping plastic waste are being developed in tandem, such as that of Boyan Slat and the Seabin.
We hope to be able to continue with our research and development of SeaVax so that if we are unable to manufacture them ourselves that third party operators may do so with the support of continued R&D and other technical backup. To this end we are continuing to improve our facilities for the next round of experiments through 2018.
OCEAN CLEANUP GAME: The "SeaVax" game starts and you have to decide which ocean to clean up first. You see plastic trickling into the oceans as marine litter and you must clean up each ocean as you race to complete the levels from one ocean to another.
If you play the game cleverly you are able to manage plastic flow into the oceans. If you don't fish for plastic very well - the oceans get choked with plastic and the world population slowly dies from starvation. Sadly, this is actually happening in the real world. But as an eco-warrior you can help stop that from becoming the fate of millions of people. This game is under development as of January 2018. If you like the game we may extend the concept into a powerful 3D Virtual Reality experience.
SEAVAX - For our part, we will be doing all we can to bring to the table a blue water prototype of this ocean cleaning vessel - where waste and the health of the seven seas appear to us to be a high priority to counter wild fish catch stagnation - that clearly requires ocean regeneration. The Cleaner Oceans Foundation will be publishing news articles on this website in the hope of stimulating research today for a brighter blue economy tomorrow. Please note that progress on this project is funding dependent. At the moment the planned build stages of this versatile platform cannot proceed until sufficient backing is obtained. We are an independent not for profit organization reliant on voluntary donations to progress this important work, we are not supported by any government fund or other governmental group or organization.
SPONSORS: This website is sponsored by the Cleaner Ocean Foundation, Bluebird Marine Systems (who were funded by Avaaz in 2016) and many other contributors too many to mention here. Collectively, our supporters are dedicated to growing the blue economy for the good of mankind and for our children who will inherit what we leave behind.
BLOCKER - The opposite of blue growth and something that is a serious menace is the accumulating mountain of toxic plastic under the sea where we cannot see it. The only evidence of this for landlubbers is coastal pollution on our shores that we only see on holiday and in the occasional media article and soon forget as we return to our office desks and factories. In the main these are single use plastics made for our short term convenience - without regard to the long term consequences.
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