SDG14 - Life Below Water
‘Life Below Water’, seeks to conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas, and marine resources for sustainable development (United Nations, 2019). This SDG aims to reduce the effects of common environmental issues within marine ecosystems such as overfishing, ocean acidification, and coastal eutrophication (United Nations, 2019).
Western Initiatives Supporting This Goal
- Students who wish to learn more about marine environments are able to take an Environmental Studies in Marine Biology field course at the Bay of Fundy in New Brunswick. Students study marine birds, mammals, and fish as their lean important oceanographic field techniques and the impact that human activities have had on this ecosystem (Western University, 2019). Students are also able to develop several skills including oceanographic sampling (water quality, dredges, grabs, trawls, plankton tows), surveying, organism identification, quantitative ecological sampling, experimental design, and fundamental data analysis (Western University, 2019).