The ocean provides us with food, water and air. Its health directly affects our health. While new research shows positive effects of interaction with coastal nature, new potential threats are causing growing concern — for example, pollution of the marine environment caused by industrial exploitation of its resources, or by pharmaceutical residues in sewage driving evolution of antibiotic-resistant germs in coastal areas. In this episode of Ocean, we'll meet researchers from EU-funded projects in Catalonia and Cornwall to learn more about the link between human health and the health of the seas — and find out what should we do to preserve both.
In Spain, Catalan researchers are studying the positive effects of sea activities on oncology patients and working with doctors to develop a 'blue prescription' as part of therapy. They have also established the first 'Oceans & Human Health Chair' in Europe and are working on the health and safety of sea-based renewables (EU-supported BIOPAIS project). And the European Centre for Environment and Human Health in Cornwall works with surfers and other coastal communities within the BLUEADAPT project studying the link between diseases and antibiotic resistance and marine pollution.
OCEAN is a Euronews magazine in collaboration with the Directorate-General for Maritime Affairs and Fisheries (MARE). It features monthly 8-minute videos, where we discover fascinating projects and developments related to the ocean and coastal communities.
Broadcast since 2019, OCEAN features episodes on marine protected areas, small-scale fisheries, ocean energy, aquaculture, IUU fishing, sustainable fisheries and much more. Missed one? Check them out on the Euronews website! You will also find some nice extras about these topics.
- Publication date
- 29 March 2023
- Directorate-General for Maritime Affairs and Fisheries