Future Food & Ocean Warming

Author: Mike Lloyd | Date: 31 Jan 2019

Ocean warming is disrupting food stocks. How can technology help?

1-minute demystifier.

2017 was the warmest year on record in the ocean1

Ocean warming is driving entire groups of marine species to different parts of the oceans

Marine life is following the direction and speed of climate change2

Warming oceans are expected to lead to reduced catches

In the meantime new innovations are helping produce more food sustainably

Aided by technological innovation, farmed seafood is on the rise

“The only way to protect ocean food resources is to cut greenhouse gas emissions3”. 

Climate change is disrupting marine life, so Norway’s aquaculture industry is developing new ways to feed farmed salmon

CO2Bio uses Photo-bio reactors – a process based on photosynthesis which absorbs CO2 

CO2Bio’s transparent algae tubes take their CO2from Norway’s largest oil refinery at Mongstad

Seaweed is a rapidly growing aquaculture crop that can also help reduce CO2levels

Seaweed absorbs CO2and turns it into carbon that can be buried in sediments4

If just 9% of the world’s ocean surface were used for seaweed farming, we could remove 53 billion tonnes of CO2 from the atmosphere5 

That same seaweed could also produce enough biofuels to replace all of today’s fossil fuel energy needs6 

Robotic kelp farms are being developed by Marine BioEngergyInc7

Drones move the kelp plants to optimise sunlight and nutrient absorpsion, and then deliver them for harvest

To help protect our ocean food sources you can invest in renewables and green tech, and divest from fossil fuels









Photo: Mayor Astrid Aarhus Byrknesin Lindåsmunicipality.