Once upon a time, sturgeon the size of school buses roamed the oceans, seas, and rivers of the world. Huso huso is the largest and now the rarest species of sturgeon, growing on average to about 25 feet long. Huso huso lives in the Caspian and Black Seas and it is now unclear whether the species has gone extinct in the wild or not. When the International Union for Conservation of Nature (the IUCN) last surveyed the species in 2010, the population had decreased by 90% over the past sixty years and a number of the populations had gone extinct in the wild. Most if not all individuals are now bred and raised in hatcheries.
Thoughts on shipping, sustainable oceans, and my trip to Posidonia
By Jason E. Kelly
Every two years Greece hosts the Posidonia shipping conference, considered by many to be one of the most pioneering and impactful maritime events in the world. In early June, I was fortunate to attend this year’s event (my first time), which hosted over 22,000 participants and 2,000 exhibitors from 92 countries, making this one of the largest international shipping exhibition in history.
The ocean is never far from my thoughts: our family business is Moran Shipping Agencies, Inc., a global leader in maritime transportation logistics, ship agency, international safety and environmental regulatory compliance, and the digitization of port call management. Most recently, our company has diversified into new Bluetech areas including maritime cyber security, ballast water testing, and offshore wind logistics services.
Through my experience in shipping, I have come to understand uniquely the importance of healthy sustainable oceans, and in particular, the vital role shipping plays in this mission. Scientists and industry leaders have taught me that good data is our starting point and that only through investment in innovation driven by all stakeholders (particularly industry) will we successfully achieve the goal of sustainable oceans. This ideal led me to co-found SeaAhead Inc. earlier this year, where a key part of our mission is to foster innovative solutions to the environmental challenges impacting marine transport.