SDG14: Life Below Water

The oceans supply substantial amounts of the world's food, but are often ignored in discussions about combating hunger and making food systems sustainable. With this in mind, Springer Nature has focused on SDG 14 with two principal approaches. We are publishing a number of high-level overviews from research consortia with a view to influencing discussions by heads of state and decision-makers in various sectors of society and policymaking. 

One example is the peer-reviewed outputs of the Norwegian SN SDG logo © Springer Nature 2019government's international High Level Panel (HLP) for a Sustainable Ocean Economy, intended to stimulate the UN Ocean Summit. 

Another approach is to enhance oceans-related outputs across all of our imprints, all of our content types, and across the academic disciplines.

World leaders committed to solutions for ocean health and wealth

The ocean in humanity's future

Fourteen world leaders ask an international group of researchers where next for the ocean economy. This collection delivers some of the answers.

The High Level Panel for a Sustainable Ocean Economy is a group of world leaders committed to developing and catalysing solutions for ocean health and wealth that support the Sustainable Development Goals.  The panel commissioned a series of ‘Blue Papers’ assessing the health and economic potential of the oceans.  In this Collection we present peer-reviewed research papers, Reviews, Perspectives and Commentaries that distill and build on the findings in these Blue Papers to help navigate the transition to a more sustainable relationship with our seas. Discover the collection.

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The Springer Nature Sustainability Community supports our SDG Programme. Read recently published articles and thoughts from researchers working to solve the world's grand challenges. Featured are contributions related to SDG 14.

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Highlighted Articles

Benefits and gaps in area-based management tools for the ocean Sustainable Development Goal

Nature Sustainability

Half a century of global decline in oceanic sharks and rays


A transition to sustainable ocean governance

Nature Communicatons

Towards an Autonomous Pelagic Observatory: Experiences from Monitoring Fish Communities around Drifting FADs

Thalassas: An International Journal of Marine Sciences

“Bring fishermen at the center”: the value of local knowledge for understanding fisheries resources and climate-related changes in Lake Tanganyika

Environment, Development and Sustainability

Oil pollution in the North Sea: the impact of governance measures on oil pollution over several decades


Review: Rebuilding marine life


Changing role of coral reef marine reserves in a warming climate

Nature Communications

Sea change in coastal science

Nature Communications

A multidisciplinary approach to identify priority areas for the monitoring of a vulnerable family of fishes in Spanish Marine National Parks

BMC Ecology and Evolution

Long-term monitoring for conservation: closing the distribution gap of Arctocephalus australis in central Chile

BMC Research Notes

Unveiling protist diversity associated with the Pacific oyster Crassostrea gigas using blocking and excluding primers

BMC Microbiology

The biology and ecology of tropical marine sardines and herrings in Indo-West Pacific fisheries: a review

Reviews in Fish Biology and Fisheries

Marine spatial planning: Coordinating divergent marine interests


An impact and adaptation assessment of changing coastal fishing grounds and fishery industry under global change

Mitigation and Adaptation Strategies for Global Change

Financing a sustainable ocean economy

Nature Communications

An inshore–offshore sorting system revealed from global classification of ocean litter

Nature Communications

SDG14 and societal impact

Discover SDG14 researchers' attitudes towards societal impact in this downloadable infographic, part of a larger project in partnership with the Association of Universities in the Netherlands (VSNU), exploring the role of open research in accelerating progress on global societal challenges. Learn more.

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The oceans provide much of our food and regulate our climate by absorbing heat and carbon dioxide. However, oceans are under serious threat.

Springer is very proud to support academics, professionals and practitioners around the world, offering cutting-edge research in a vibrant ocean sciences research collection. With currently over 2,000 scientific books and 90 journals, we support knowledge expansion and sustainable solutions.

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Oceanic Global

The Oceanic Global World Oceans Day 2020 event featured keynote speeches, panels, and presentations from leading names across industries. The event which typically takes place in the UN headquarters was open to the public for the first time, and accessible live from all continents around the globe.

Here three of the speakers, Bill McKibben, renowned American environmentalist, Michael Selden, the Co-Founder of Finless Foods, and Olivier Ceberio, Co-founder of Resolute Marine Energy, share their thoughts on research collaboration, public engagement, and what it means to make meaningful change.

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