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World Oceans Day: All eyes on oceans in June 2014

 

Photo Credit: Carlos Aguilera

Photo Credit: Carlos Aguilera

World Oceans Day is an annual reminder that the oceans are our planet’s greatest natural resource and that we must take actions to protect them. The livelihoods of millions of people around the world depend on healthy oceans, yet they face threats including overfishing, acidification and marine pollution.

Fortunately, all eyes will be on the oceans this June through a series of international events designed to raise awareness, inspire positive policies and spark conversations between local governments, fishermen and conservationists about how to build a brighter future. Here are a few events to watch:

  • Food & Agriculture Committee on Fisheries (COFI): On June 9-13, the FAO Committee on Fisheries will meet in Rome, Italy to finalize their guidelines for securing sustainable small-scale fisheries in the context of food security and poverty eradication. View the agenda here.
  • Capitol Hill Oceans Week (CHOW): From June 10-12, the National Marine Sanctuary Foundation will host a week of conferences, workshops, and seminars to discuss the future of the world’s oceans. Guests and speakers come together to bridge the gaps between non-profits, academia, industry, and more to discuss the conservation of the world’s oceans and its resources. Click here to learn more.
  • State Department “Our Ocean Conference”: On June 16 & 17, Secretary of State John Kerry will convene an international conference of scientists, environmentalists and world leaders to discuss solutions for overfishing, ocean acidification and marine pollution. For those that can’t attend, you can follow along and contribute to the discussion through the #ourocean2014 hashtag on Twitter. Secretary Kerry and the Department of State will host delegates from around the world to discuss ocean issues. You can participate by registering for the Department of States’ Thunderclap.
  • Global Ocean Commission Report Release: The independent Global Ocean Commission recently released research on the value of the ocean and will share its much-anticipated recommendations on June 24th. McKinsey & Company will also release a new report detailing the economics of the seas, promising a fundamental shift in how we should value the bounty of the ocean. Learn more here.

The world’s oceans are vital resources, and will continue to be for generations to come. EDF is committed to healthy oceans, fisheries and fishing communities. It is inspiring to see the international community focus on oceans. Thanks to World Oceans Day more will come to learn about the importance of our oceans, and what we can do to protect them.

 

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"50 in 10" Collaborative Aims to Bring 50% of the World’s Catch Under Sustainable Management in 10 Years

On World Oceans Day we celebrated an ecosystem which is inextricably linked to our lives. Oceans cover about 70% of the planet and contain 99% of Earth’s living space. They are home to nearly half of all known species, generate most of the oxygen we breathe, help regulate the climate, and provide food for billions of people around the world. In fact, 2 billion people in the developing world depend on seafood for at least 50% of their nutritional needs.

There are myriad challenges facing the world’s oceans, including pollution, climate change, acidification and overfishing (often as a result of mis-management of fisheries), yet new policies and management tactics offer hope for improving the economic and environmental outlook of our oceans.

EDF is a founding partner of the World Bank’s Global Partnership for Oceans—an “alliance of more than 100 governments, international organizations, civil society groups, and private sector interests committed to addressing the threats to the health, productivity and resilience of the world’s oceans.” A separate but complimentary initiative is the “50 in 10 Initiative” which seeks to ensure that 50% of the world’s fish are caught under sustainable management by 2023. Consensus is emerging among global leaders that solutions to the problems we are facing exist—and can be scaled up to empower fisheries to deploy these proven solutions.

Miguel Jorge, the Director of the National Geographic Society’s Ocean Initiative, was recently named the first managing director of the 50 in 10 initiative. In his new role as director, he will work to expand the network of stakeholders and facilitate knowledge sharing about sustainable fisheries management. Jorge said, “While we’ve made a lot of progress, there’s still a big part of the world where overfishing is a difficult problem to solve. But we have a tremendous opportunity as well…I’m excited about what we can accomplish as 50in10 unites the often disparate approaches of policy reform, community engagement and market strategies under one coordinated effort.” Collaboration among world leaders, industry stakeholders, academics, NGOs and the private sector is essential in order to foster compromise and design management practices that benefit consumers, workers and the fisheries they depend on.

 

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