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SUPPORTING THE SEA AROUND US TO PRESERVE OCEAN HEALTH AND FISH

8/20/2014

SUPPORTING THE SEA AROUND US TO PRESERVE OCEAN HEALTH AND FISH

8/20/2014

Our oceans are changing around us. Among the many perils facing oceans today are the effects of climate change, overfishing and pollution. More data and resources are needed around the world to ensure that oceans and fisheries remain healthy. 
 
Paul Allen and Vulcan Inc. believe change happens when complex issues such as declining ocean health, are quantified through better data and tools. That’s why the Paul G. Allen Family Foundation is supporting the University of British Columbia’s Sea Around Us project which aims to improve data on global fisheries. 
 
Researchers are currently compiling comprehensive data on fish catches to help developing countries in Africa and Asia better understand the fishing industry’s impact on their marine ecosystems. This tool will provide governments and NGOs with a better explanation of the impact humans are having on our global oceans. 
 
This way, governments may be able to make informed policy changes that will not only preserve their ocean resources but strengthen their economies as well.
 
Sea Around Us started this project in June and the data will be compiled by June of 2016. The $2.6 million in funding from the Foundation will also support FishBase, which will create the largest and most extensively accessed online databases about adult finfish. The Foundation and Vulcan Philanthropy will also provide support through technical expertise and coordination with other organizations. Some of the lessons from the Great Elephant Census database project will also inform this new tool. 
 
The Foundation has a history of supporting ocean projects and most recently signed on to develop a program in Indonesia’s Raja Ampat region around manta rays. 
 

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