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Mark E. Capron, PE

Nutrient Recycling Seafood-Science Programme: Draft programme write-up by OceanForesters







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We just uploaded an Ocean Decade Resource Document, “Nutrient Recycling Seafood-Science Programme: Draft programme write-up by OceanForesters”. Some thoughts and questions: 1. When uploading a Resource at:, the choices for Target Audience should include every stakeholder group. (The Ocean Decade Implementation Plan, Version 2.0 lists 16 stakeholder groups.) The list of six target audiences should be expanded to include “local coastal communities”, “local indigenous ocean knowledge holders” (might be combined into one category), and perhaps others. 2. Considering all the UN effort going into signing up for-profit businesses for Ocean Stewardship and Blue Bonds, the Ocean Decade Implementation Plan might want to add a “for-profit business” stakeholder group. 3. Who might I talk to or correspond with concerning a Call for Action that would fit the “Nutrient Recycling Seafood-Science Programme”? 4. Who might I talk to or correspond with concerning a UN entity registering this programme? 5. Who might I talk to or correspond with concerning drafting templates and samples for proposed programmes and projects? 6. We will be recruiting local coastal communities and other stakeholders to express interest in the proposed program. Can you help with that? (Maybe you have to wait for the programme to be endorsed?)

Mark E. Capron, PE

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See the document at:

Mark E. Capron, PE

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Since posting, we have more supporters, including: “Lloyd's Register Foundation is a UK charity established in 2012. They have identified seven pressing challenges within their mission to protect the safety of life and property. Two challenges are particularly important for an Ocean Decade Nutrient Recycling Seafood-Science Programme: safety at sea and safety of food.”(Same outfit authored “The Seaweed Manifesto:…”) We plan to post an update with more supporters about 15 October 2020. After some research, looks like we won’t farm seaweed near coral reefs. We will add this paragraph into the update of the proposed program: “In the tropics, throughout their pre-historic range, giant clams may be the keystone species of built-reef ecosystems and nearby natural coral reef ecosystems. Per Noe (2015), giant clams’ internal algae can provide more net primary productivity than coral or most macroalgae. Giant clams provide food for local organisms directly through their tissue and indirectly through the discharge of feces, gametes (reproductive cells), and zooxanthellae (photosynthetic algae). Noe et al. 2105 and references therein goes on to explain that giant clams control eutrophication (in areas of excess nutrients) two ways: (1) filtering large quantities of seawater, clearing the water of microalgae; and (2) assimilating inorganic nutrients. All this means tropical built-reef ecosystems could employ nutrient recycling to increase fish harvest productivity while improving the health of nearby natural coral reefs. The typical tropical built-reef might have a few hundred mature (+20 years old) giant clams and a few hundred thousand juvenile (less than 10 year old) giant clams.”