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 revolutionize 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.

Feature photo courtesy of World Wildlife Fund. 

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