The Accelerating Decay of Ocean Health
The industrial age has produced many incredible advances to human life. But the affect this has had on the planet and in particular the world’s oceans, has not been positive.
Climate change, increasing sea surface temperatures, hypoxic dead zones, ocean acidification, harmful algae blooms, sea level rise and more… these are all syndromes affecting the health of our oceans.
We believe that behavior change and policy change, while critical and necessary, are too slow to manifest - and conservation only produces sanctuary from overfishing. What is needed is technologies that can assist in remediation of these syndromes, in local areas.
A New Model for Confronting the Unfolding Crisis
Aquavetic Labs (AVL) is comprised of engineers, scientists, business consultants and advisors. Multiple engineers on our team have experience in the medical device field, and early on they offered a metaphor that’s proved apt in defining our mission: building medical devices for the ocean.
By developing, testing and iterating targeted remediation technologies, we can protect and preserve pockets of biodiversity and aquatic productivity. With a sustained focus on improving the health of the oceans, we can reduce the impact of human activity and ultimately participate in the global reaction to climate change and its many effects.
Investing in Actionable Solutions
AVL transitioned to an incubator in 2019 and is now raising capital to develop ocean restoration technologies with the ultimate goal of incubating and spinning out multiple highly focused companies based on actionable technology, concrete initiatives, and traction with partners, stakeholders, and customers. This business-driven approach will help maximize the proliferation of remediation technologies by allowing economic incentives to be part of the motivation.
At present, AVL is incubating two companies: one focused on engineered ocean upwelling (pelagic aquaculture), the other on mitigating thermal stress in salmon rivers (thermal refugia). Additionally, our work groups are exploring projects in a number of areas.
A Medical Device for the Ocean
Developing a bypass for thermocline suppression of deep water nutrients.
Natural open ocean upwelling is failing. The effects of anthropogenic climate change have greatly weakened the mechanisms that drive natural upwelling in the open ocean.
Our whitepaper proposes the development of engineered upwelling technologies that can restore localized areas of ocean temperature and nutrient levels such that plankton can bloom, create oxygen, attract and feed marine life, and sequester carbon,
Relieving Thermal Stress in Pacific Salmon Rivers
Targeted solutions for salmon runs on the brink
As climate change intensifies, river temperatures are rising while water volume levels simultaneously decline, and the combined effect creates considerable stress on salmon at the egg fertilization stage, fry stage and the returning adult spawning stage.
By developing cooling technologies and deploying them in combination with adaptive shading devices, we can meaningfully decrease the stresses placed on salmon during their river-based stages of life.
Climate Change: The Oceans as the Great Modifier
The world’s oceans are a nonlinear system, and part of what’s tricky about nonlinear systems is that individual problems can appear manageable—or at least containable—nearly up to the point at which systemic collapse becomes irreversible. The climate is another such nonlinear system. And just as the effects of climate change are exacerbating the decline of ocean health, so the changes happening in the oceans are intensifying the negative effects of climate change.
When it comes to anthropogenic climate change, the oceans are the great modifier. Either they will continue to protect the habitability of Earth or they will accelerate catastrophe. For those of us dedicated to finding a new way forward, it’s essential to recognize that relationship.