Seas and oceans cover 70% of our planet. We rely on them for food, energy and water yet we have managed to do tremendous damage to these resources. Its extremely important that we protect these precious resources by eliminating pollution, control over fishing and responsibly manage and protect all marine life across the globe. Life below water must be a focus as a global citizen.

STATISTICS OF WATER

Oceans cover three quarters of the Earth’s surface, contain 97% of the Earth’s water, and represent 99% of the living space on the planet by volume.

Shelled molluscs, reef building corals and man shelled or skeletal organisms face a high risk of weakening shells due to high levels of ocean acidity, caused by major shifts in the carbon chemistry of the water.

Globally, the market value of marine and coastal resources and industries is estimated at $3 trillion per year or about 5% of global GDP.

Oceans contain nearly 200,000 identified species, but actual numbers may lie in the millions.

Oceans absorb about 30% of carbon dioxide produced by humans, buffering the impacts of global warming.

Oceans serve as the world’s largest source of protein, with more than 3 billion people depending on the oceans as their primary source of protein.

Marine fisheries directly or indirectly employ over 200 million people.

Open Ocean sites show current levels of acidity have increased by 26% since the start of the Industrial Revolution.

Without concerted efforts, coastal eutrophication is expected to increase in 20% of large marine ecosystems by 2050.

16% of all major marine ecosystems are placed in a “high” or “highest” risk categories for coastal eutrophication.

The proportion of world marine fish sticks within sustainable levels has declined from 90% in 1974 to 68.8% in 2013.

70% of European Union members have introduced regulations, poliices and laws aimed to help small fisheries and stop the spread of unsustainable, overfishing practices.

THE OCEAN CHALLENGE

When effectively managed and well resources, marine protection areas are an important safeguard to preserving ocean life. Protected areas now cover 5.2% of the global marine environment, a number which we would like to see increase in the coming years. Use Prepr and our PIE kit to help make a solution and save life under water.

Existing Innovations

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Saltwater Brewery: Compostable Six Pack Holder

A craft brewery in Florida created an edible six pack holder out of wheat and barley waste, designed to feed animals instead of killing them. It is in response to an estimate 1 million sea birds and 100,000 sea mammals or ocean species are affected by plastic waste every year.

Catalina Sea Ranch

Off the coast of California, the first ever “Sea Ranch” has been launched. It is an offshore aquaculture that responsibly “farms” sea cultures. Mussels, Oyseters, Sea Urchin are among many of their “crops“. Responsibly farming these animals in open water it a safe way to meet demand while not putting pressure on existing fish stocks or using harmful fishing methods.

Take The Challenge

Co-Learn the PIE method and build a team, choose a challenge that you’re passionate about and apply PIE to co-Solve and co-Create projects with impact. Build your portfolio and tap into your infinite learning potential.

Requirement

Prepr Challenge Kit

What You Will Get

– Receive a Prepr Certificate in problem solving with PIE
– Compete to win first, second and third place trophy and bragging rights
– Build your professional portfolio
– Win prizes, giveaways and more…

Deadline

December 31, 2019

Register Your Team

This challenge requires a team of four.

Get Challenge Kit

Includes everything you need to work with a team to co-create ideas and build your project.

Length

 

1 Year

Challenge Date

 

February 20, 2019

Available Spots

 

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