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World Oceans Day - Nayantara Jain

Executive Director -

Marine Biologist

Scuba Instructor

Ocean Lover

The ocean covers over 70% of the earth and produces 50% of the planet’s oxygen. It supports humanity’s sustenance and biodiversity as the main source of protein. The ocean is key to our economy with millions of people employed in ocean-based industries.

With these key factors in mind, the ocean needs help.

50% of coral reefs stand destroyed and 90% of big fish populations depleted, we are doing more damage than we can ever imagine.

This year’s theme for World Oceans Day is “The Ocean: Life and Livelihoods” and the challenge of the decade is to “Conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources” by 2030.

It is pleasantly surprising to discover the many organizations and individuals who are actively fighting for ocean conservation and preservation of marine life. And these do not just begin and end with beach cleanups and photo-op sponsors. It is founded by Mitali Dutt Kakar and Prahlad Kakar and their whole team is dedicated to protecting the ocean and the life within.

Reef Watch’s strategy for conserving our marine spaces is to first know and understand the ocean, then use the knowledge to inform sustainable management through restoration rehabilitation, educate and raise awareness about the ocean’s beauty, diversity, and essential ecosystem services ocean provides us with.

Nayantara Jain is the Executive Director at ReefWatch and is a marine biologist, conservationist and mermaid!

Nayantara journey began in the Andamans, where she felt her life purpose take form. Her love for water and beaches was always prevalent having travelled as a daughter of an IAS officer. Jain sustained herself for a film marketing job and then began her journey when she became a DIVEMASTER and so began her mermaid life.

Speaking of the effects of lockdown on our water bodies, Jain pushes to bank on the opportunity we have with reduced tourism and waste disposal at this time. But urges that “We are at a tipping point. At a precipice. Although we are killing sharks at an astounding rate and the water temperature is rising with the coral reefs facing the brunt of it, we are still in a situation where these animals are not extinct." (Sic Indulge Express)

There is a silver lining that Jain sees with young children concerned about the environment. She says that the rising aspirations of “wanting to be marine biologists or wanting to come and volunteer with the organisation or know how they can organise a beach clean-up in their city. Indians are coming in to learn how to dive and surf and just interact with the ocean more. This is really the time for us to act. If we as a society realise the importance of a healthy ocean and come together we can bring about a change.” (Sic Daily Pioneer)

Excerpts from :


Indulge Express

Daily Pioneer

Reef Watch India

Nayantara Jain


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