OCEANELDERS' TOP TEN LISTS
Each year, we will be publishing lists of the best nations, the worst nations, and over each year, the most improved nations in the world with respect to their care for and treatment of the ocean. Help us determine the criteria we should use for these lists and help us determine which nations should be on these these lists. We will take all your recommendations along with the recommendations of ocean NGOs and select the finalists. Post your ideas here.
In the first attempt ever to return a captive orca to the wild, in 1999 Jean-Michel merged three non-profit organizations to form Ocean Futures Society to continue research and care for Keiko, the captive killer whale of “Free Willy” film fame. In working with Keiko, Jean-Michel and his team pioneered both husbandry techniques and scientific research on wild orcas. In 2002, Keiko was returned to the wild and entrusted to the Humane Society for continued long-term care and monitoring. In another “first,” on Earth Day 1997, Jean-Michel led the first undersea live and interactive video chat on Microsoft Internet, from the coral reefs of Fiji, celebrating the International Year of the Reef and answering questions from “armchair divers” throughout the world. In 1998, Jean-Michel participated in a live downlink from the Space Shuttle Columbia to CNN to highlight the International Year of the Ocean, discussing NASA’s contribution to ocean awareness with astronaut and marine biologist, Rick Linnehan. - See more at: http://www.oceanelders.org/elder/jean-michel-
Fionn Farrell commented
Finding the criteria to try to compare developing countries/ small islands and developed countries is like trying to compare chalk and cheese. I'm from and was educated in Europe and have since moved to a small island in the Caribbean, the difference in resources alone is incomparable?
things that may be feasible to assess:
-The level of education is another incomparable factor between developed vs developing countries both within government departments and the general public, however if this was included in the criteria it may encourage developing countries to educate their staff within the marine resources/ environmental government departments to higher standards and encourage the issue of marine conservation into schools.
- Introduction and development of marine biology/ conservation into schools curriculum
-% increase or decrease of annual budget dedicated to Marine Resources/ Conservation from once year to the next (but % of that money that actually makes it to beneficial works and programs may be unknown)
- Introduction / Removal of Legislation
- The presence of an independent public annual publication on the health of a nations oceans (Perhaps there's opportunity to create a standard template/online form which can be filled out by a designated conservation NGO within each nation)
-I understand that policing and assessing the validity marine protected areas (MPAs) is an entirely different conversation but I think the introduction of MPA's by governments is a vital step and should be recognised as a good thing.
-% increase in designated MPA from previous year
-Again the same applies for Aquaculture (policing and monitoring may not be a priority but introduction is important)
These are a few ideas off the top of my head I'm sure people are reading this with their eyes rolling back in their heads at the flaws in each of these ideas but just thought I'd give my two cents and see what other ideas are out there.
ria kemp commented
What countries have done to preserve areas and endangered species. Like for example Bolivia for trying to save their pink dolphin by declaring it a national treasure. New Zealand for doing nothing to save the critically endangered Maui's dolphin.. Shall i mention The Netherlands...
Shawn Steyn commented
Hey there. I am not that up to date when it comes to this kind of 'stuff', but since I am a scuba diver myself it interests me. I think the two most important 'controllable' impacts nations can have are firstly 'what we put in' (pollution) and secondly 'what we take out' (harvesting of marine resources). I think that these are the two things that will give a pretty close indication on the nations influence.
On a by note, and I speak under correction, but a few days I heard on a local radio station (I live in Namibia), that Namibia has been put on a shortlist of countries with the best marine harvesting and sustainable fishing practices. From this list will be chosen the country with the best practices and their system will be implemented in many countries around the globe. If I remember correctly Namibia was somewhere under the top 5. But as I said before, I speak under correction. Just in case this might help in some way... :)
Other than that I just want to congratulate you on the work that you do! Good Job! Keep it up!
Looking forward to hearing what happens further.
Kind regards and all the best!
Aaron Kendeall commented
Can you please take a detailed look at farming practices. In addition to consumption having an effect on global stocks in the oceans, inland nations' farming practices also affect aquatic life. Vietnam and shrimp, Japan and freshwater eel, the United States with salmon. Please list how commercial practices impact consumption because profitability is the driving force behind this problem.
It is also very hard for consumers to educate themselves when it comes to sustainability. A notice of governmental responsibility would be appreciated. Countries that do thing like list sustainability on food packaging should be nodded, while those without regulation called out.
I'd love to learn more about this. Please feel free to contact me. Cheers.
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