Life Below Water: The UN's Sustainable Development Goal #14

Wednesday, March 13, 2019 - 19:00 - 21:00

UN Goal #14

Dwight Owens, User Engagement Officer,  Ocean Network Canada

Life Below Water: The UN's Sustainable Development Goal # 14

Goal 14: Conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources. ... Throughout history, oceans and seas have been vital conduits for trade and transportation. Careful management of this essential global resource is a key feature of a sustainable future.

Dwight will talk to us about this goal and the challenges and solutions facing the world's oceans such as those listed below:

  • The global share of marine fish stocks that are within biologically sustainable levels declined from 90 per cent in 1974 to 69 per cent in 2013,

  • Studies at open ocean and coastal sites around the world show that current levels of marine acidity have increased by about 26 per cent on average since the start of the Industrial Revolution.

  • Global trends point to continued deterioration of coastal waters due to pollution and eutrophication. Without concerted efforts, coastal eutrophication is expected to increase in 20 per cent of large marine ecosystems by 2050.