Oceans Day: Is the Blue Economy viable?

Can India sustainably develop its marine resources?
India’s coastline is over 7,500 kilometres (over 4,600 miles) long, and nearly a fifth of the country’s population – about 250 million people – live along the coast. From mineral resources to food, tourism and maritime trade, the Indian Ocean is a lifeline, and its assets are worth billions of dollars.

But now the government is looking at an ambitious coastal development project to build ports, dams and inland waterways. How will this impact coastal communities and marine life? Will it end up choking the oceans, or can India adopt the Blue Economy and sustainably develop its marine resources?

As we celebrate World Environment Day and World Oceans Day this week, we ask our guests whether the Blue Economy is viable. 

Presenter: Devina Gupta

Contributors: Nayantara Jain, executive director, ReefWatch Marine Conservation; Ganesh Nakhawa, sustainable fishery operator and founder, BluCatch; Puja Mitra, founder and director, Terra Conscious

Schools celebrate World Ocean Day

BBC Spotlight


Children across the south west will be celebrating our oceans today as part of Schools Ocean Day.

The event, organised by the National Marine Aquarium as part of World Ocean Day on 8 June, aims to help primary schools teach pupils about the marine environment and the habitats and different species within it.

Children will be taking part in activities including rock-pooling on the region's beaches and fancy dress in the classroom.

What the day should be is a celebration of the ocean. I think we're all well aware now that the ocean is facing some quite serious problems, but World Ocean Day should be about celebration of the habitats, the animals, what the ocean does for us and what we can do to help it."

Nicola BridgeNational Marine Aquarium
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