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Fisheries and aquaculture contribute US$100 billion per year and about 260 million jobs to the global economy (UNDP, 2012). Women comprise 47 percent of the total workforce dependent on commercial capture fisheries for their livelihoods, including the post-harvest sector (World Bank, 2012). Global wild fish catch has been flat at around 80-85 million metric tonnes per year since the late 1980’s; the additional global demand since then has largely been made up by the rapid growth in aquaculture which now supplies about half of annual global consumption of fish protein.

About 30% of global fish stocks are considered overexploited, 60% fully exploited, and only 10% underexploited (FAO, 2010). 20% of fish stocks are subject to illegal, unreported and unregulated (IUU) fishing, valued at $23 billion per year. Destructive fisheries subsidies that support unsustainable practices, total about $16 billion per year. World Bank/FAO estimate that the economic loss due to overfishing is now $83 billion per year (World Bank, 2017).

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18 Apr 2018 - The second meeting of the Sustainable Ocean Initiative (SOI) Global Dialogue with Regional Seas Organizations (RSOs) and Regional Fisheries Bodies (RFBs) on Accelerating Prog

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10 Apr 2018 - The Southwest Madagascar Coastal Current has been a missing piece in scientists’ understanding of the waterways in the region.

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27 Mar 2018 - With the goal of preserving and increasing the value generated by the world’s oceans, corporate, environmental, non-profit and other participants in the Economist World Ocean

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21 Mar 2018 - ​A major new report for the UK Government has highlighted the huge economic potential presented by the world’s oceans.

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19 Mar 2018 - Investing time and effort in protecting the world’s oceans is key to shoring up the resilience of the global economy.

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16 Mar 2018 - Better fisheries management could reverse spiraling population declines in roughly half of threatened ocean species caught unintentionally.

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The upcoming East Asian Seas (EAS) Congress celebrates 25 years of partnerships for healthy oceans, people and economies. 

Event Date:
27/11/2018 - 09:00 to 30/11/2018 - 18:00
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In order to avoid disaster–and to ensure a sustainable supply of fish for the future–far more of our ocean needs urgent protection.

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9 Feb 2017 -  Major step forward towards cleaner seas and safer navigation

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Leaders from across the political, economic, environmental and risk sectors will gather in Bermuda (8-10 May 2018) for the first Ocean Risk Summit.

Event Date:
08/05/2018 - 14:30 to 10/05/2018 - 19:00
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18 Jan 2018 - A new program Ocean Solutions Accelerator aims to help advance startups in tech and conservation relating to the big blue. 

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9 January 2018 - The World Ocean Council is kicking off 2018 by partnering with the Sovereign Wealth Fund Institute (SWFI) to focus attention on ocean, coasts and islands at the annual SWFI Institutional Investor Forum (Santa Monica, California, 20-22 February).

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