Sustaining the Seas

Campanian fish plate

The stories in this exhibition demonstrate how we have exploited the oceans for millennia. But with increasing populations, we need to formulate radically new and sustainable ways of fishing and farming oceans. Depleted natural resources, hunger and unequal access to nutritious and sustainable food sources increasingly contribute to political problems around the world. Unstable weather patterns now routinely cause agricultural devastation.

Whether or not we live by the sea, we all have intimate dependent relationships with the oceans. As well as seafood, the air we breathe comes from the oceans, along with a quarter of the global fish capture that goes to animal food and soil fertilisers. One of the greatest and most urgent contemporary challenges is how to eat the oceans better and fairer.