Most empirical research into Marine Protected Areas (MPAs) focus their studies on specific natural or social features and governing structures. This research approach looks into multi-use MPAs in the eelgrass restoration site in Japan. Findings from this research contribute directly to SDG 14 (life below water) and SDG 2 (zero hunger).

Ocean & Coastal Management, Volume 154, March 2018, Pages 72-82.

This article contributes to SDG 13 (climate action), SDG 14 (life under water) and SDG 15 (life on land). Using case studies, this research examines the threats to mangroves, consequences, and potential solutions for effective conservation.
This study suggests the promising potential of satellite remote sensing images for monitoring illegal, unreported and unregulated (IUU) fishing activities, contributing to SDG 14 (life below water).
Effective science-based fisheries management can be applied to a risk-based management framework as an essential step towards the achievement of Goal 14 with respect to the conservation and sustainable use of marine resources for sustainable development.
The study identifies different issues which have resulted in a weak fisheries regulatory framework in Bangladesh and how the legal framework governing the Bangladeshi fisheries sector can be reformed. The study submits that a reformed legal framework could play an instrumental role in achieving Sustainable Development Goal 14 in Bangladesh.

Microchemical Journal, Volume 136, January 2018, Pages 25-39.

Focussing on SDGs 3 (Good Health and Well-being), 12 (Responsible Consumption and Production), 14 (Life Below Water) and 15 (Life on Land), this Elsevier Atlas Award winning review explores the effects of antibiotics on natural microbial communities in soil and water systems.
Huge amounts of food waste exist in the consumption stage in developed countries. The waste can be converted into safe, nutritious, and value-added livestock feeds. ReFeed can be a game changer, simultaneously addressing multiple challenges such as food security, resource and environmental sustainability, and climate change. This is related to SDG's 2, 12, 13 and 14.
World Efficiency Solutions (WES) is the premier international meeting for the low-carbon and resource-efficient economy focussed on creating the low-carbon and resource-efficient market place. WES was first held in 2015 in Paris during COP21 negotiations, focusing on climate change solutions. World Efficiency develops a new environment consensus: economic and human activities must, to be sustainable, be redesigned to limit their impact on the environment while awareness of the planetary limits (climate change and resources scarcity) becomes widespread. A key objective for WES 2017 is to Identify new market opportunities aligned to the 2030 Sustainable Development Goals (estimated market opportunities are larger than USD 12 trillion) and the Paris Agreement on Climate Change from 2015.
SDG14 Life Below Water aims to lay the foundation for the integrated and sustainable management of the oceans. However, any environmental management has to be based around targets which are SMART – specific, measurable, achievable, realistic and time bounded. The discussion here shows that many of the targets adopted for SDG14, and especially a detailed analysis of Target 1, are aspirational rather than fully quantified.

Current Opinion in Environmental Sustainability, Volume 28, October 2017, Pages 90-99

Since the 1950s the amount of plastics in the marine environment has increased dramatically. Worldwide there is a growing concern about the risks and possible adverse effects of (micro)plastics. This paper reflects on the sources and effects of marine litter and the effects of policies and other actions taken worldwide related to SDG 14.