Why Ocean Health is a Wicked Problem

Here’s a good article from the Huffington Post outlining why keeping our oceans healthy and our fisheries productive is such a challenge.

Wicked Problem  is a bit of an NRM buzzword these days. When you combine the complexity and dynamic nature of natural systems, human behaviour, climate change, politics and expediency, some issues can become a quagmire of complexity.

I reckon the recipe for success is something like:

  • an excellent information base through good and accessible science;
  • leadership, commitment, passion and human ingenuity in pretty equal measures;
  • military strength strategy and tactics; and
  • a solid dose of good luck…

There’s some great ideas and suggestions here in an Oceans context. ¬†Keep em in mind next time you grapple with one of these perennially difficult fisheries or marine conservation challenges – and good luck!

By Andy Bodsworth

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