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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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23 Oct 2017 - All sea life will be affected because carbon dioxide emissions from modern society are making the oceans more acidic, a major new report will say.

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18 Oct 2017 - Ocean and Climate Youth Ambassadors and staff from the Peace Boat visited UNDP headquarters to learn about UNDP’s work on ocean conservation and sustainable development.

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16 Oct 2017 -  Seychelles received a round of applause in New York today from a group of ambassadors to the United Nations dedicated to promoting the Sustainable Development Goal (SDG14) o

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13 Oct 2017 - The most sustainable fisheries are now also becoming the more profitable, according to a new report on the performance of the EU’s fishing fleet.

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11 Oct 2017 - Niue's  government has recently announced the creation of a large-scale marine protected area encompassing 40 percent of the country's Exclusive Economic Zone.

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The Ocean is the blue heart of our planet … This video opened the 4th International #OurOcean conference (Malta, 5-6 October 2

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The 2017 edition of the Our Ocean Conference – An Ocean for Life - builds on...
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9 Oct 2017 - The World Bank approved over US$20 million to improve fisheries and marine resources management in the Seychelles.

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6 Oct 2017 - A global conference, Our Ocean, to better protect marine life has raised more than $7 billion and won commitments to protect huge swathes of the Earth's oceans.

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4 Oct 2017 - If plastic usage continues at current rates, our children’s children are going to be deprived of the chance to experience the ocean’s majestic wilderness that mankind has taken for granted for generations.

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The September 2017 edition is dedicated exclusively to Ocean related matters...
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27 Sep 2017 - A high-level event on ‘SIDS Responding to Climate Impacts and Planning for a Sustainable Future' addressed initiatives, partnerships and actions that can help realize the SDGs.

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