All life on this planet depends on the ocean. Now, the ocean urgently depends on us, how we treat it and if we are ready to make the necessary changes for a more sustainable future. The state of the oceans affects our life and our survival, no matter who we are, what we do or where we live.
A MILLION REASONS TO BE LOVED
There are so many facets to look at when talking about this fascinating element. You can focus on marine wildlife, and [all the amazing creatures that inhabit this remarkable world]1. You can talk about the role the ocean has had on the development of our species as humans, or [its impact on our different cultures]2. Or how about the fact that the ocean is the reason [why our atmosphere has oxygen at all]3, and plays a crucial role in climate change mitigation? No matter which way you look at it, there is no doubt that the ocean touches us, in one way or another. At the very least, anyone who has ever had the chance to admire the ocean’s aesthetic beauty will agree.
ALWAYS PRESENT, OFTEN FORGOTTEN
Throughout history, the ocean has always served us with all of its mighty powers and its seemingly endless resources. Perhaps we have been taking these things for granted? Well, it sure sounds like the ocean is being carelessly handled when reading about the sea of plastic within the Pacific. (There are areas in the ocean with seven times more plastic than fish now.) Or hearing the news about the 260 (!) fishing vessels outside the waters of the Galapagos, a delicate and sensitive ecosystem. A single one of these vessels alone can remove 300 tons of wildlife from the water. 300 tons multiplied by 260 vessels, equals way-too-much harm to living creatures. And that is only a tiny fraction of how much the global fishing fleet shovels up yearly.
It is the responsibility of our generation to put an end to the devastation of our oceans. We are dependent on the oceans for our very survival on this planet. We need to wise up, and manage our marine resources better.
Fish oil is a clear example of how our commercial quest for valuable commodities creates both environmental destruction and depletion of marine resources. Fish oil is the conventional, raw material for omega-3 EPA and DHA. The growing demand for omega-3 products globally provides strong economic incentives for overfishing and destructive exploitation of marine habitats. The UN body for fisheries and agriculture, FAO, stated in its 2018 State of World Fisheries and Aquaculture Report that over 90 percent of the sea's fish stocks are already fished out at maximum capacity, or overfished. The World Wildlife Foundation has shown that over half of all life in the ocean is already gone. Greenpeace has warned that the entire Antarctic ecosystem is at risk of collapse due to the sharply increasing fishing of krill for omega-3 supplements.
BE WISER, GO TO THE SOURCE
Using fish and krill for omega-3s does not make much sense in the first place. [Omega-3 EPA and DHA, the important omega-3 fatty acids found in fish oil and krill, come from microalgae]10, which the fish get through their food. Unfortunately, fish and krill also accumulate heavy metals, PCB, dioxins, PFAS and other toxic compounds from the pollution in our oceans. Remember that sea of plastic?
Fortunately, today we know how to farm microalgae so that we can obtain the precious omega-3 oil directly from its source. In this way, we not only protect both marine wildlife and delicate ocean ecosystems, but we also protect ourselves from the toxic pollutants found in fish and krill. Algae oil is the only plant-based alternative that contains the same healthy marine omega-3 fatty acids as found in fish or krill. Farming microalgae on land to produce omega-3 is part of the solution to end overfishing, and to protect our oceans.
JOIN OUR HEROES
Another great way to increase ocean awareness and create a change is to support your favorite ocean advocacy, such as Sea Shepherd or the Blue Planet Society. Fashionistas might want to check out one of our own favorites, Parley for the Oceans. Parley works with brands, artists, designers and scientists to raise awareness about the beauty and fragility of our oceans, and to explore new ways to end their destruction. We are all for Parley’s collaborative approach on how sustainable change can happen. Read more about Parley, and perhaps get yourself involved in one of their projects here.