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Sustainable Fisheries

Hey peeps, I bring to you another experience from a field trip that I had the last weekend with some of my classmates, a trip to Sotenäs Industrial Symbiosis Network (northern Gothenburg – west coast).  The aim of this trip was to see and understand how the community of little less than 10,000 people has managed to achieve high levels of sustainability in different sectors… for purpose of awesomeness and innovation, I’ll be focusing the post one of the fisheries that we visited.

But why fishing is a concern for not only environmentalist, but for you reader who loves eating fresh nordic salmon or you who enjoys a delicious fish ceviche… well, overfishing (capturing more adult fishes than the ones needed to replenish the population)  is a very real situation all around the world, where more than 70 % of Earth’s fish stocks suffer from OVEREXPLOITATION. One of the main reasons is called by-catch, which means that fishermen use unsustainable gears that capture different aquatic species than only fish; species, that are not the ones meant to fish such as turtles, sharks, seabirds, youngfish, corals, etc.  But wait a minute, not everything is lost! Look at the image below…

What you are seeing is a sustainable gear used in a fishery in Sotenäs! Why is this technology sustainable? Well, now you have to strongly use your imagination haha…. Desired fish (for example large cods) enter through an open space in the bottom-right part of the image. Then, they are trapped in the second compartment (the one behind the yellow part) thanks to the large space on top this yellow part. Of course, there are other smaller fishes entering the net with other marine creatures as the ones named above; nevertheless, the net is designed in a way (sorry for the bad quality of the picture) where the different diameter holes make it easier for smaller species (or not desired ones) to scape the net and stay in the ocean.

Well, in conclusion what they are doing there is awesome! They created this net for it to only catch the fishes they needed, but in a way of not killing other species while letting the small ones to grow naturally and restore the balance to the system. Moreover, they told us that at least in the EU zone, there are strong laws on fishing practices,

  • They can’t discard unwanted fish (another problem that affects ecosystems as they throw away dead overfished creatures that pollute the ecosystem),
  • Each region has a maximum amount on weight for fishing, in a way to preserve the ecosystem… they better use sustainable practices to maximize their catch don’t you think?

Remember that you should eat sustainably as well and  about the practices behind the dish your are about to eat. Let’s just stay with the fact that over 3 billion people depend on seafood, so let’s invest in sustainable practices!

Royal Gifts

This post is related to the next 2 questions, how productive was your week at work/school and do you remember what was your last birthday present? Well, for King’s Carl XVI Gustaf 70th birthday (2016), he received as present solar panels! Yes, solar panels haha

As it might seem weird to receive this kind of present, it seems the King was pretty happy about it; nevertheless, he had to wait 2 years to actually be allowed to install them. Why? Well, they are currently being installed over the Royal Palace in center Stockholm and as any other protected building by national heritage laws, this was no exception. King Carl had to wait for the Swedish National Heritage Board to accept the installation once they were sure that the panels will not be seen from the ground (you will be able to see them flying over Stockholm).

And now, why did I ask about your productivity? As a matter of fact, King Carl was helping installing them! Yes, he was at the roof of the palace (all suit & tie) helping the workers install his “new” toy. The installation of more than 500 panels will be expected to be carried out over the next 6 weeks. How cool is your King/Prime Minister/President/etc? I don’t think as cool as him haha!

This all goes by the hand with Sweden’s goal of being 100% powered by renewables by 2040. Let’s remember that solar energy accounts for less than 1 % of the total energy mix and that Sweden is highly dependent on hydro and nuclear energy. So, do you think it was an awesome bday gift or nej? Remember fossil fuels are not forever nor environmental friendly 🙁 …. so how’s your country doing in renewables? Sweden is an all-in country in the renewable energy sector <3

Green Week at KTH ’18

Yes Stockholmers! This is the 2′ time that our friends from THS bring this amazing creation to us! Green week is going to be here from the 27 April till the 8 May with amazing lunch lectures, mingles, breakfasts and more! You can’t let pass the opportunity to participate in this environmental [super] friendly week.

But what’s the aim of this amazing week happing at KTH? Well, first of all this is an event created by students for students! They want to connect both professionals and students interested in sustainable development to detonate innovative ideas and provide meeting places to share these ideas! I have also heard that Al Gore may stop by…

No… just kidding, maybe for next year’s meeting, but in the meantime check how’s this week looking like…

Feeling keen about participating? Find more information here. Don’t forget to follow and share to be tuned with future events happening in Stockholm!

Music Tech Fest

Hey Stockholmers and peeps from KTH, got a tip from our friends of PR at KTH about this amazing MTF coming up in September! What is this ? Well, Music Tech Fest is a

giant creative laboratory featuring music hacking, a research symposium, workshops, demos, performances by internationally renowned artists and industry showcases that connect artists, technologists and businesses in a unique and vibrant environment.

Confused about MTF? If you are into music, science, media, making, prototyping, or if you have ideas for entirely new products and business models, this is for you. Do you want to get more info? Click here!!! What will you obtain from this experience?

  • Collaborate with artists and other creators on unique new challenges
  • Experience awesome performances by world-renowned music artists
  • Engage in a global research community that explores the boundaries of interaction with physical objects
  • Experiment with new forms of expression and communication

Still doubting? Just let me highlight the magnitude of this event, because it has been held in many locations around the world including the Barbican in London, Centre Pompidou in Paris, Microsoft NERD labs in Cambridge MA and Funkhaus in Berlin.

See you there Stockholmers and don’t forget to visit MTF’s official page for application!

Look at that Butt

Do you smoke? Do you know someone who smokes? There’s a topic that’s been in mind for a couple of weeks that you may find quite interesting. Let’s be clear, this post WILL NOT try to persuade you to quit smoking, but WILL BE about the residues that around 75% of smokers toss on the streets…
Cigarette Butts!

Sweden has the lowest rate when it comes to people who actually smoke cigarette, it’s is only 5% of the population. The reason of that, is that the Swedish Government allow people to buy a thing called “snus” (moist powdered tobacco) that comes in a tinny bag and people put it in their mouths somewhere between the gums and the lips. Still, some people of that 5% manage to toss out the c-butt on the streets.

So as I said it before, I’m not here to make you change your mind about smoking, but at least put the butt in the garbage! Remember that wildlife like birds could eat this residue full of chemicals, but…

The chemicals found in one cigarette butt can leach out and contaminate approximately 7.5 liters of water within one hour.

STOP POLLUTING WATER!

Want to know more about recycling C-butts? Look at this amazing video from National Geographic about this residue and how it could be recycled 😀 Don’t forget to comment and subscribe!