Effects of Climate Change on Ocean and Production of Omega-3

Effects of Climate Change on Ocean and Production of Omega-3

The temperature of the oceans is rising further with each passing day- thanks to the pollution spread by the humans. This rise may deliver a hard and crushing blow to the production of the Omega-3 fatty acids which is crucial for the human body and in its absence there will be the global crisis of this critical nutrient. However, there are many who believe that the planet engineering can help to fight back this crisis but is it really going to work?

The study published in the Ambio increase the water temperature can put your brain at risk as it can lead to the global DHA loss by 58% by 2100. 

“This is the projected result of the global warming that is going to affect the vulnerabilities population (infants and fetuses that lacks DHA). This will have a massive impact on inland Africa (Due to the lowest DHA availability)” wrote the researchers of the Ryerson University.

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Maybe it is too soon to predict anything

Another research shows the evidence that climate change is affecting the fisheries and mass production of Omega-3 supplements. Although nobody can predict the full effects, it is not going to be the favor of humankind. But it is still too soon to predict as we have another 8 decades to resolve this issue.

All the global DHA products come from the fish

Currently, almost all the global DHA products come from the fish along with other sources such as krill, algae, and squid contributing a few thousand tons. Prediction based on the data of the fish oil consumption now and 80 years later highlights that countries with rapid population growth in East and South Asia including- japan, china, and Indonesia will witness the shortage of the DHA and Omega-3 fish oil. Apart from this, African countries especially landlocked one is going to face the scarcity of omega and DHA nutrients. As theses, African countries already lack resources they will end up falling below the recommended DHA intake which will increase the risk of mental illnesses.

Our bodies do not make the DHA and we obtain it from our diet. Although plants and meats have a modest amount of fatty acids in them, fish is the most abundant source by far. Fishes basically produce the DHA by consuming the algae and the rising temperature of the ocean is affecting the algae DHA production and has actually led to the 58% reduction. 

The algae will be affected as well?

After witnessing the deduction in the Fish oil, companies are trying to produce the DHA using the algae. The partnership is signed between the DSM and Evonik to produce the Omega-3 fish oil. The only problem with the algae oil is it cost more than the fish oil and if talking about aquaculture, it is the quite price-sensitive industry. Neither seed nor algae oil is covering too much industry but at least they have started to spread with the ambition to grow as big players in the industry.

The relationship between DHA and brain health

Crawford a leader in understanding the relationship between the omega-3 DHA and brain health believe that the complex evolution of our primate brain would have been impossible in the absence of DHA. He also believes that the reduction in the consumption of DHA and omega-3s can increase the risk of mental illnesses and a decline in IQ.

Global warming is not something we can take lightly and if we don’t do anything to reduce the impact the Homo sapiens will vanish from the face of the earth.

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