Uriel Soberanes
Photo Credit: Uriel Soberanes.

Returning
oceans to
a flourishing
state

School of great barracudas

Ocean ‘roadhouses’ are locations where fish come to feed, breed, and socialise.

What we do

A healthy ocean is one that can withstand a changing climate and increasing human pressures, is resilient, and free from pollution with a plentiful biomass of fished species. As human pressures and increase and the health of our ocean continues to decline, dramatic steps are required to protect and conserve this resource.

In line with the Sustainable Development Goal (14) and its targets, our key objective is to return our ocean to a healthy thriving state. To facilitate this, we are committed to ending overfishing and dumping plastic, heat and CO2 in our ocean, supporting the sustainable use of ocean resources, conserving key habitats, and facilitating world class research.

Underwater  Scuba diver explore and enjoy  Coral reef  Sea life

Australia is a global leader in many areas of ocean research. An increase in protection of marine parks allow species of fish to flourish and thrive.

How we do it

Using the best existing data sources, and with an investment in new data and methods, we are developing a Global Fishing Index to help us understand the problem of overfishing and the driving forces behind it.

We are committed to a clean ocean, advocating for a circular economy, and an industry-led economic solution to advance a future with no plastic waste and excess heat.

We are committed to making Western Australia a hub for world-class marine conservation research, by providing state-of-the-art facilities to Australian and international scientists.

We advocate for protecting areas critical to ocean recovery and work with international allies to conserve key habitats across the globe.

Why we care

A healthy ocean is critical for human life and covers 75% of the Earth’s surface. It provides food security and livelihoods for billions of people, impacts the quality of air we breathe, and is pivotal in our efforts to counter the effects of a changing climate.

Marine pollution such as plastic litters our ocean across the globe and can be found polluting our rivers and waterways, in the deepest depths of ocean trenches, and in the digestive systems of ocean life both large and small.

Our ocean has become 26% more acidic since the beginning of the industrial revolution, which is beginning to impact the reproduction and development of ocean life. As our ocean warms, coral reefs and ocean ecosystems critical for species’ survival (such as breeding grounds) deteriorate.

Our fish stocks are being depleted beyond the rate at which they can sustain themselves, risking extinction and irreversible changes to our ecosystems and food webs.

We no longer have the luxury of time. The Flourishing Ocean initiative was launched at Minderoo Foundation to engage the best science and latest technologies to halt damage and support our ocean to recover.

We all have an obligation to ensure the vast seas under Australian control are managed sustainably.

Shiver of reef sharks

Resources

Flourishing Oceans Proposed Research Capabilities

Partners

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