#BlueRevolution: Crowdsourcing Ocean Conservation

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Aquaculture is one of the fastest-growing food production industries in the world: today, nearly half of the fish we eat are farmed. As the industry expands, it’s more important than ever to ensure that farming in the ocean is sustainable. That’s why we’re launching a campaign today to crowdsource new techniques for the cultivation and conservation of our ocean’s resources.

The goal of the Blue Economy Challenge is to encourage innovations that will revolutionise aquaculture in the developing world. We will focus on the Indian Ocean region, where transformations in aquaculture can help improve livelihoods and ensure access to safe, nutritious, and plentiful food year-round.

One group taking part in aquaculture research is the Warruwi Community on South Goulburn Island in the Northern Territory of Australia.  Bunug Galaminda is the Chairperson of the Yagbani Aboriginal Corporation, an organisation formed in 2011 to help foster economic independence for the Warruwi Community. Yagbani are partnering with industry, government and research organisations in projects investigating production methods for Trepang (sea cucumbers), tropical rock oysters and giant clams. Aquaculture is seen as an opportunity to provide sustainable jobs for Warruwi and many other Aboriginal Communities.

Beginning today and through 30 June 2016, Australia’s Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT), in partnership with Conservation X Labs, SecondMuse, NineSigma, and the World Wildlife Fund (WWF), invites innovators, designers, entrepreneurs, businesses, technologists, and scientists to help us revolutionise the relationship between aquaculture and conservation. Join the conversation on social media using #BlueRevolution.

After several rounds of judging, the winners will be announced at an event to be determined between September – October, 2016. Throughout the coming months, we will invite influencers from across the world of aquaculture to share their expertise and inspiration on our blog. Our first blogger is Cedric J. Simon, Senior Research Scientist in Aquaculture Nutrition at Bribie Island Research Centre. Read his post here.

Image courtesy of World Wildlife Fund. 

Davar Ardalan

About Davar Ardalan

Davar Ardalan is the Director of Storytelling and Engagement at SecondMuse. As a veteran journalist and former social media strategist at NPR News in Washington D.C., Ardalan lead dozens of real-time engagement campaigns to great impact. Most recently she was the Senior Producer and Social Media Strategist for NPR’s Identity and Culture Unit, traveling across the country producing live events and moderating Twitter chats on some of the most critical issues of the day including community and policing, voting rights, education, and immigration. She has cultivated thought leaders across platforms, generating millions of impressions across the globe via Twitter and an even more impressive level of response domestically. Ardalan has also worked as a Supervising Producer for Morning Edition where she helped shape the daily newsmagazine, and was responsible for decisions that required elaborate coordination such as broadcasts from Baghdad, Kabul and New Orleans. Through the years, her public radio productions have been recognized with two NABJ Awards and a Gracie Award from the American Women in Radio and Television. She began her radio career as a reporter in 1991 at KUNM in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Ardalan is the mother of four and lives outside Annapolis, Maryland. In May 2014, she was the recipient of an Ellis Island Medal of Honor, for individual achievement and for promoting cultural unity.

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