The water surrounding our planet's landmasses has accumulated colossal levels of pollution: fertilisers, antibiotics, chemical runoff, fuel, and waste are dumped in all possible waterways from extractivist practices working across coasts and oceans.
Oil spills repeatedly spew across coastal regions, with tens of millions of gallons entering the world's oceans every year—creeping further and further north as the oil industry advances on Arctic territories. Leached fertilisers and road runoff encourage toxic blue-green algae-blooms and "red tides", causing widespread kill-off of oceanic creatures. Meanwhile, chemical run-off causes heavy metals, PCBs, PBDEs, and EEDCs to accumulate in aquatic food webs— disrupting metabolic pathways, causing diseases, and changing fish sex.
Over the past four decades, open-net fish farms have grown to operate like underwater feedlots, releasing sludge and parasites into the ocean. While operating within environmental legal frameworks, these are proving insufficient to tackle the increasing destruction of marine habitats. Salmon farms are at the forefront of this toxic runoff, severely affecting other species and their surrounding, as well as depleting faraway oceans through their feeding system. Processed fish feed contains Peruvian or Senegalese anchovies, exhausting fish populations and fisherfolks' livelihoods in order to feed Norwegian and Scottish salmon to the rest of the world.
In a season of polluted shores, CLIMAVORE aims to divest from extractivist practices that capitalise from and dump into the world's oceans. CLIMAVORE moves away from intensive fish farming, and transitions towards regenerative aqua-cultures to strengthen coastal economies and water ecologies alike.