Innovative marine uses

Man has utilized the oceans since the beginning of civilization. It has become evident in recent decades that this exploitation has led to the degradation and depletion of the marine environment. Fishery collapses, pollution, habitat and species losses, eutrophication and the consequences of climate change are now a common challenge to many of the world’s seas.
At the same time new scientific and technological developments provide opportunities for innovative uses of marine ecosystems which have the power to bring positive environmental benefits. If we can learn more about the potential benefits and impacts of these new uses and steer future development towards those which hold more promise, we may be able to proactively improve the state of the ecosystem while at the same time promoting sustainable economies.