Goal 14: Life Below Water

The University of Wollongong is committed to working towards the United Nation's Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) through its governance, teaching and learning, community engagement, partnerships and research. The following initiatives are by UOW staff and students working towards SDG 14: Life Below Water.

Australian National Centre for Ocean Resources & Security

Australian National Centre for Ocean Resources & Security (ANCORS) is the only multidisciplinary university-based centre of its type in the Southern Hemisphere dedicated to delivering specialised research, advisory services, education and training in ocean law and policy, maritime security, and marine resources management.

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Dark fishing fleets in North Korea

Professor Quentin Hanich, Fisheries Governance Program Leader from ANCORS co-authored ‘Illuminating Dark Fishing Fleets in North Korea’, a study revealing the largest known case of illegal fishing perpetrated by vessels originating from one country operating in another nation’s waters. The report released in 2020, was an international collaboration with scientists from South Korea, Japan, Australia and the United States. It found that more than 900 vessels of Chinese origin in 2017, and 700 in 2018, likely violated UN sanctions by fishing in North Korean waters. The vessels likely caught more than 160,000 metric tons worth over US $440 million in 2017-2018.

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Sustainable, community-based fisheries

The project ‘Strengthening and scaling community-based approaches to Pacific coastal fisheries management in support of the New Song’ has undertaken outreach on sustainable community-based management of coastal fisheries with over 100 local communities in Kiribati, Solomon Islands and Vanuatu. Outreach involves community awareness presentations, facilitation of development of community-based fisheries management plans, and training for community monitors to track fisheries catch in select sites with the goal to support adaptive management by communities.

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Ocean Friendly Accreditation

UOW Pulse is recognised as a campus leader for implementing sustainable practices across the University’s food, beverage and retail outlets. The team received a Green Gown Award in 2018 and the Unibar is the first Australian University bar to receive ‘Ocean Friendly Accreditation’ in 2018.

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FishSMARD

ANCORS has supported the development and ongoing annual meeting of a Pacific ‘community-of-practice’ titled FishSMARD (Sustainable Management Approaches and Research Development for Fish). The annual meeting brings together a network of fisheries practitioners in the Pacific who are working to improve community-based sustainable fisheries management. It is an initiative to improve peer-to-peer dialogue, learning exchange and skills development.


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Troubled Waters

Fish play a big role in the lives of people in Melanesia; coastal fisheries are not just a source of food and income, they are also central to cultural identity. ANCORS, together with Wan SmolBag, have developed a theatre play and associated community workshops with themes around sustainable fishing and caring for the marine environment called Troubled Waters.


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Southern NSW Blue Economy

This project aims to ‘take stock’ of the existing state of play in relation to Blue Economy opportunities focusing on five key areas: ocean accounts, spatial mapping, social and cultural values, the governing system and innovation. By exploring the concept of blue economies and creating an optimised example here on the South Coast of NSW the research aims to change the way the world uses its oceans to improve the lives of those dependent on it.

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Transmedia narratives

This project explores narratives and visual representations of a Blue Economy. The research aims to use transmedia mapping to draw connections between human engagements with the south coast and the stories, systems, and practices that shape human‐ocean relations locally. The research team is investigating the ways cultural expression such as art and writing represent the ocean and create community, define public and private space, and helps shape the rhetoric and decision-making involving the ocean’s stewardship.

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Heavy metal pollution

Heavy metals are a major anthropogenic contaminant of estuarine and coastal ecosystems in Australia. The Heavy Metals Pollution research team is using an integrated approach to minimising the impact of heavy metals on public health and ecosystems, improving quality of life. The project employs a number of advanced scientific and technical tools to understand the mechanisms of the removal of heavy metals, establishing unique links between fundamental and applied research.

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Subjects and courses for SDG 14

Subject description

This subject provides an introduction to the topic areas of cell biology, biochemistry, biotechnology, genetics, microbiology and immunology. During this subject you will look closely at the links between structure and function in cells and important biological molecules whilst investigating cellular division and mechanisms to control the cell cycle and prevent cancer. You will hear about techniques in genetic engineering and break throughs in biotechnology. You will learn about different microorganisms and their role in human, animal and/or plant health and explore the physiology of the immune system. Through engagement in group research projects you will develop skills in effective research and communication, teamwork, self-reflection and peer assessment whilst developing your digital literacy skills in presenting your research through PowerPoint (or similar tools) and generation of an electronic Portfolio. Find out more.

This subject is working towards:

All 17 United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. 

Faculty

Faculty of Science, Medicine and Health

Degrees

General Schedule of electives, Bachelor of Bionanotechnology (Honours), Bachelor of Bionanotechnology (Honours) (Dean's Scholar), Bachelor of Conservation Biology (Honours), Bachelor of Conservation Biology (Honours) (Dean's Scholar), Bachelor of Exercise Science, Bachelor of Exercise Science and Rehabilitation, Bachelor of Marine Science, Bachelor of Marine Science (Honours) (Dean's Scholar), Bachelor of Medical and Health Sciences, Bachelor of Medical and Health Sciences (Honours) (Dean's Scholar), Bachelor of Medical Biotechnology (Honours), Bachelor of Medical Biotechnology (Honours) (Dean's Scholar), Bachelor of Medicinal Chemistry (Honours), Bachelor of Medicinal Chemistry (Honours) (Dean's Scholar), Bachelor of Nutrition and Dietetics (Honours), Bachelor of Nutrition and Dietetics (Honours) (Dean's Scholar), Bachelor of Nutrition Science, Bachelor of Pre-Medicine, Science and Health, Bachelor of Science

Subject description

The science of how the solid Earth works is essential to overcome great challenges presently facing our society: monitoring and mitigating climate change, protecting the natural environment and sustainably resourcing our future. This subject provides an introduction to Earth science by considering topics related to the solid Earth: deep time, our place in space, plate tectonics, the rock cycle, crystal growth, groundwater, palaeoenvironments, volcanic eruptions and magmatic plumbing systems, earthquakes, mountain building, mass extinctions, critical minerals required for a low-carbon future, landscape evolution, and archaeology. This subject consists of two parts. In the first half of this subject you will learn to ‘read’ minerals and rocks to understand the evolution of landscapes, unravelling thousands to billions of years of Earth’s history. In the second half of this subject you will apply this knowledge to conduct your own fieldwork, creating a map and technical field report to discover what the Illawarra region looked like millions of years ago. Find out more.

This subject is working towards: 

Goal 13: Climate action    Goal 14: Life Below Water    Goal 15: Life on Land     

Faculty

Faculty of the Arts, Social Sciences and Humanities

Degrees

Bachelor of Environmental Science (Honours), Bachelor of Environmental Science (Honours) (Dean's Scholar), Bachelor of Marine Science, Bachelor of Marine Science (Honours) (Dean's Scholar), Bachelor of Science

Subject description

This capstone subject will provide students with an opportunity to consolidate their knowledge, skills and attributes required for safe, competent practice as beginning registered nurses. Students will explore global issues in healthcare and how they can impact local change as registered nurses. Students will propose and complete a capstone learning project through which they demonstrate their abilities to integrate, analyse, synthesise and apply knowledge and skills relevant to their professional interests. The project will focus on a relevant scholarly, professional or practice issue \that impacts their local community utilising the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals as a framework. Students will complete a critical reflection of the work undertaken during their degree that includes their state of readiness to undertake the role of a registered nurse within the workplace and how they may impact local and global challenges within this role. Find out more.

This subject is working towards:

All 17 United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.

 

Faculty

Faculty of Science, Medicine and Health

Degrees

Bachelor of Nursing, Bachelor of Nursing (Conversion)

Latest news for SDG 14

Women with reef fish for sale at Gizo market, by the ocean, Western Province, Solomon Islands. Photo by Filip Milovac, WorldFish
Coral, Great Barrier Reef Picture by Catheline Froehlich
Dr Michelle Voyer from the Australian National Centre for Ocean Resources & Security (ANCORS)