A Productive Ocean

31 May – 2 June 2022

A productive ocean where global food supply, source of livelihood and societal needs are sustainably managed.

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This Ocean Decade Laboratory presents challenges and opportunities with regard to “A Productive Ocean”. An ocean that supplies living and non-living resources, sustains livelihoods and serves societal needs requires responsible, equitable and sustainable management and stewardship.

The bounty of the ocean sustains the livelihoods of present and coming generations. The ocean provides structures and functions that support not only tangible goods and services, but also intangible, cultural and spiritual values – all of which form the basis for human wellbeing. In the decades to come, a growing and increasingly prosperous global population in combination with the envisaged energy transition will make even greater demands on the ocean. This Laboratory will present and discuss the role the ocean could have in providing food, energy, transportation and raw materials now and in the future while at the same time maintaining the ocean’s health and preserving its cultural and spiritual values.

A changing climate, overfishing, pollution and habitat destruction present serious threats to ocean productivity and humanity. This Laboratory will encourage participants to think beyond current challenges and opportunities with regard to a productive ocean as well as to explore solutions for responsible, equitable and sustainable use.

You will hear about inspirational examples of collaboration between researchers and different ocean stakeholders, from rebuilding wild fish stocks, ensuring transparent fisheries management, protecting biodiversity, and proving ocean-based wind energy to working together with local communities on sustainable tourism. We invite you to discuss the challenges we are facing on a global scale and how researchers can be part of finding solutions. Science has an important role to play both in providing the knowledge to challenge and support society and in generating new ideas on the local, regional and global scale. There is great potential for further developing collaboration on a sustainable blue economy between the private and public sector. The United Nations Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development 2021–2030 invites you to engage and participate in developing the transformative ocean science solutions that are needed to sustain a productive ocean.

DOCUMENTATION

The ocean is the world’s largest ecosystem, which billions of people depend on for their lives and livelihoods. Every second breath we take comes from the ocean. Fish and seafood are a major source of food for billions of people. Industries such as tourism, energy, and transportation are dependent on the ocean for jobs and income. The ocean truly is productive for life on our planet.

The seventh Ocean Decade Laboratory was titled “A Productive Ocean” and discussed these issues with stakeholders from all over the world. In this five-minute summary, we take you through the highlights of the Laboratory, which took place from 31 May to 2 June 2022.

Meet some of the essential people who work to create a balance between productivity and sustainability. Hear them articulate their hopes and ideas for the future of the ocean.

The Core Event and the Wrap-up of the Ocean Decade Laboratory “A Productive Ocean” can be watched in their entirety here and here.

Graphic Recording Session 3: Dialog, Productivity needs Sustainability

Copyright BMBF / Franziska Schwarz, Visual Faciliators

PROGRAM CORE EVENT

31 May, 3:00 – 7:00 pm CEST

MODERATOR

Monika Jones, International TV and Conference Host, Germany

3:00 pm CEST

OPENING

Jens Brandenburg, Parliamentary State Secretary, Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF), Germany

Vladimir Ryabinin, Executive Secretary, Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC) of UNESCO, France

Co-Chair of the Laboratory “A Productive Ocean”
Reinhold Hanel, Head, Thünen-Institute of Fisheries Ecology in Bremerhaven, Germany

Co-Chair of the Laboratory “A Productive Ocean”
Anna Jöborn, CEO, Swedish Foundation for Strategic Environmental Research, Sweden

3:20 pm CEST

Talk

WHERE ARE WE NOW AND WHY WE NEED TO COOPERATE?

Co-moderation

Nina Jensen, CEO, REV Ocean, Norway

Panelists

Shakuntala Haraksingh Thilsted, Global Lead, Nutrition and Public Health, WorldFish, Malaysia
Adam Ceesay, Programme Manager, Wetlands International Afrique (WIACO), Senegal
Kemal Pınarbası, Project Researcher, HELCOM Secretariat, Finland
Alexis Papathanassis, Professor, Cruise Management, Bremerhaven University of Applied Sciences, Germany

4:20 pm CEST

Q&A with audience/online participants

4:35 pm CEST

BREAK

4:45 pm CEST

Showcases

MARKETPLACE OF THE PRODUCTIVE OCEAN

Fisheries
Merete Tandstad
, EAF-Nansen Programme Coordinator, Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), Italy

— Aquaculture
Flower E. Msuya, Senior Researcher, Founder & Chairperson, Zanzibar Seaweed Cluster Initiative, Tanzania

 Marine spatial planning (MSP)
Jorge Arturo Jiménez, Director General, MarViva Foundation for Costa Rica, Panama and Colombia

Islands diving sectors within the blue economy
Zaidy Afrin
, UN Fellow of Government of Grenada´s Blue Innovation Institute & Ph.D. Candidate at World Maritime University (WMU), Sweden

Offshore wind
Ingrid Lomelde
, Vice President Sustainability, Aker Offshore Wind, Norway

5:40 pm CEST

BREAK

5:50 pm CET

Dialog

PRODUCTIVITY NEEDS SUSTAINABILITY

Co-moderation

Vera Agostini, Deputy Director, Fisheries and Aquaculture Policy and Resources Division, Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, Italy

Panelists

Isabella Lövin, Chair, Stockholm Environment Institute & Co-chair, Friends of Ocean Action & Author, Sweden
Kristal Ambrose, Founder and Director, Bahamas Plastic Movement; Ph.D. Candidate, World Maritime University (WMU), Sweden
Jörn Schmidt, Chair of Science Committee, International Council for the Exploration of the Sea (ICES), Denmark

6:35 pm CEST

Q&A with audience/online participants

6:45 pm CEST

LOOKING FORWARD

Summary/Closing and outlook on Satellite Activities and Wrap-up

— Co-Chair of the Laboratory “A Productive Ocean”
Reinhold Hanel, Head, Thünen-Institute of Fisheries Ecology in Bremerhaven, Germany

Co-Chair of the Laboratory “A Productive Ocean”
Anna Jöborn, CEO, Swedish Foundation for Strategic Environmental Research, Sweden

PROGRAM WRAP-UP

02 June, 3:00 – 4:30 pm CEST

MODERATOR

Monika Jones, International TV and Conference Host, Germany

3:00 pm CEST

OPENING

Co-Chair of the Laboratory “A Productive Ocean”
Reinhold Hanel, Head, Thünen-Institute of Fisheries Ecology in Bremerhaven, Germany

Co-Chair of the Laboratory “A Productive Ocean”
Anna Jöborn, CEO, Swedish Foundation for Strategic Environmental Research, Sweden

3:10 pm CEST

KEY MESSAGES OF CORE EVENT

Co-Chair of the Laboratory “A Productive Ocean”
Reinhold Hanel, Head, Thünen-Institute of Fisheries Ecology in Bremerhaven, Germany

Co-Chair of the Laboratory “A Productive Ocean”
Anna Jöborn, CEO, Swedish Foundation for Strategic Environmental Research, Sweden

3:20 pm CEST

REPORTS OF ENGAGEMENT QUESTIONS

Balancing Trade-offs in Protection and Use of Marine Ecosystems
Jörn Schmidt, Chair of Science Committee, International Council for the Exploration of the Sea (ICES), Denmark

Ocean Sustainability Throughout the Value Chains
Michele Quesada da Silva, Marine Spatial Planning Consultant, IOC-UNESCO, France

Deep-Seabed Mining
Christian Müller, Head of Sub-Department “Marine Resource Exploration”, Federal Institute for Geosciences and Natural Resources (BGR), Germany

3:40 pm CEST

REPORTS OF SELECTED SATELLITE ACTIVITIES

Establishing Global Knowledge Networks in SmartNet
Steven Bograd, Supervisory Research Oceanographer, NOAA Southwest Fisheries Science Center, Institute of Marine Sciences (UCSC), USA

Ghana’s Small-Scale Fisheries Sector
Christiana Naana Sam, Fish Biologist, Teaching Assistant, University of Bergen (UiB), Norway

—  Catch of the day
Carolyn Lundquist, Associate Professor at University of Auckland, National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research (NIWA), New Zealand

4:00 pm CEST

CLOSING

Co-Chair of the Laboratory “A Productive Ocean”
Reinhold Hanel, Head, Thünen-Institute of Fisheries Ecology in Bremerhaven, Germany

Co-Chair of the Laboratory “A Productive Ocean”
Anna Jöborn, CEO, Swedish Foundation for Strategic Environmental Research, Sweden

4:05 pm

OUTLOOK / CLOSING: OCEAN DECADE LABORATORIES 2022

Vladimir Ryabinin, Executive Secretary, Intergovernmental Oceanographic, Commission (IOC) of UNESCO, France

Angelique Pouponneau, Policy Adviser to the Chair of the Alliance of Small Island States (AOSIS), Seychelles

Guillermo Ortuño Crespo, Postdoctoral Researcher, Stockholm Resilience Centre (SRC), Sweden

CO-CHAIRS

SPEAKER

Reinhold Hanel

Head, Thünen-Institute of Fisheries Ecology in Bremerhaven, Germany

SPEAKER

Anna Jöborn

CEO, Swedish Foundation for Strategic Environmental Research, Sweden

SPEAKERS & MODERATORS

SPEAKER

Kristal Ambrose

Founder and Director, Bahamas Plastic Movement; Ph.D. Candidate, World Maritime University (WMU), Sweden

SPEAKER

Adam Ceesay

Programme Manager, Wetlands International Africa (WIACO), Dakar, Senegal

SPEAKER

Shakuntala Haraksingh Thilsted

Global Lead, Nutrition and Public Health, WorldFish, Malaysia

SPEAKER

Nina Jensen

CEO, REV Ocean, Norway

SPEAKER

Jorge Arturo Jiménez

Director General, MarViva Foundation for Costa Rica, Panama and Colombia

SPEAKER

Ingrid Lomelde

Vice President Sustainability, Aker Offshore Wind, Norway 

SPEAKER

Christian Müller

Head of marine resource exploration, German Federal Institute for Geosciences and Natural Resources (BGR), Germany 

SPEAKER

Alexis Papathanassis

Professor for Cruise Tourism Management, the Bremerhaven University of Applied Sciences, Germany

MORE SPEAKERS & MODERATORS
1 June, 4:00-6:00 pm CEST

Air-Sea Observations for Offshore Wind Energy

Join this virtual workshop to network and brainstorm about how the Observing Air-Sea Interactions Strategy (OASIS) Ocean Decade Program could provide air-sea observations for Offshore Wind-Energy, including for Small Island Developing States (SIDS).

31 May, 10:00 pm - 1 June, 1:00 am CEST

Marine Culture: Communities and Revolution

Marine aquaculture is an underdeveloped activity. The fast-growing of it in Brazil is a concern to the multiple users of marine waters. This event proposes a debate among producers, fishermen, researchers, marine use regulators & coastal communities.

31 May, 7:30 – 8:30 pm CEST

Harvesting a Productive Ocean

Fashion can contribute toward a productive ocean. This discussion will cover ocean tourism, sustainable fishing practices and how seaweed is the next frontier when it comes to sustainable ocean practices.

1 June, 6:30 – 10:00 am CEST

Prosperous Ecosystems in the Western North Pacific

Aiming toward a prosperous future of the marine ecosystems in the western North Pacific, we will have several scientific talks about their current and projected states, and a panel discussion on their social/economic/cultural values.

1 June, 10:00 – 11:30 am CEST

Resilient Aquatic Food Systems for a Productive Ocean

A webinar as part of WorldFish’s week-long celebration of 2022 World Oceans Day to highlight actionable solutions to achieve healthier, more just and more environmentally sustainable food systems from the ocean.

1 June, 11:00 am – 12:00 noon CEST

Sustainable Seafood Consumption

What is your decision process when buying seafood? Want to better understand the differences between species, origin or freshness of fish? And to clarify questions around farmed fish? B2E is here to support your seafood choices.

1 June, 12:00 noon – 2:00 pm CEST

Ghana’s Small-Scale Fisheries Sector

This Satellite Activity aims to engage experts and stakeholders involved in Ghana’s fish supply and value chain. It will create a platform for indigenous fish stakeholders often left behind to actively engage in the global fishery dialogue.

 

1 June, 2:00 – 4:00 pm CEST

The Science we Need for the Healthy Fjords we Want

What are the challenges and opportunities for implementing the vision of the UN Ocean Decade for fjord ecosystems? Join us for a virtual trip to fjord regions of the world to hear from science, policy and industry leaders working in these areas.

1 June, 4:00 – 6:00 pm CEST

Establishing Global Knowledge Networks in SmartNet

We aim to establish a network of partners to co-design and implement a suite of activities to support knowledge production and dissemination on the status and future of marine social-ecological systems in support of the UN SDGs.

1 June, 6:00 – 8:00 pm CEST

Challenges for a Sustainable Blue Amazon

Brazil has an extensive maritime area of 5.7 million km², equivalent to 67% of its land territory. This webinar will discuss the development of the Blue Amazon, focusing on the sustainable guarantee of food security.

2 June, 10:00 am – 12:00 noon CEST

A Productive Ocean – Sustainable Food Supply

The need for the change toward aquaculture is obvious: fish stocks in the oceans are under serious threat and global demand for fish products is increasing. Hear our speakers on how to tackle this challenge with the help of innovative technologies.

2 June, 11:00 pm – 3 June, 12:30 am CEST

Indigenous-led Ocean Science Collaborations

We present collaborations between science and Māori tribes from New Zealand’s east coast exemplifying how ocean research can interact with stakeholder indigenous communities for sustainable management of coastal resources.

1 June, 2:00 – 3:15 am CEST

Catch of the Day

Where is your fish coming from and how is it being caught? Join our panel session on sustainable fisheries management and global fish consumption and be the first to look at data from our global fish stock survey.

OCEAN DECADE LABORATORIES

7 – 8 JULY 2021

AN INSPIRING AND ENGAGING OCEAN

An inspiring and engaging ocean where society understands and values the ocean.

15 – 17 SEPTEMBER 2021

A PREDICTED OCEAN

A predicted ocean where society has the capacity to understand current and future ocean conditions.

17 – 19 NOVEMBER 2021

A CLEAN OCEAN

A clean ocean where sources of pollution are identified and removed.

9 – 11 MARCH 2022

A HEALTHY AND RESILIENT OCEAN

A healthy and resilient ocean where marine ecosystems are mapped and protected.

5 – 7 APRIL 2022

A SAFE OCEAN

A safe ocean where people are protected from ocean hazards.

10 – 12 MAY 2022

AN ACCESSIBLE OCEAN

An accessible ocean with good governance, open access to data, information and technologies.

31 MAY – 2 JUNE 2022

A PRODUCTIVE OCEAN

A sustainably harvested and productive ocean ensuring the provision of food supply.