The oceans play a vital role in maintaining life on earth. They house the phytoplankton that produce half the earth’s oxygen. They also form the foundation of the marine ecosystem. But human activity is now threatening that role. Combustion of fossil fuels is causing ocean acidification. Plastic waste is destroying marine creatures by ingestion, suffocation and entanglement. And overfishing has placed certain species in peril. Several startups are working to turn the tide. In this brief, we turn the spotlight on five of them: 12 Tides, Ashored Innovations, Brim Explorer, Pesky Fish, and SafetyNet Technologies.
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