Ocean Action Hub

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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22 Apr 2020 - Marking 50 years of Earth Day amid the COVID-19 fallout brings greater urgency to climate-change action for marine life and more.

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16 Apr 2020 - Overfishing off the coast of Bangladesh is creating a "fishless" zone in one of the world's largest marine ecosystems, scientists are warning.

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15 Apr 2020 - Machine learning is making an important contribution to monitoring marine ecosystems, track IUU fishing and identify microplastics in the ocean.

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9 Apr 2020 - To further boost its resilience against disruptions to global supply chains amid the ongoing Covid-19 outbreak, the authorities have now set their sights on the nation's south

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8 Apr 2020 - This UNDP report aims to serve as a first public presentation or...
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8 Apr 2020 - To help overfished stocks recover, as well as to safeguard those that are still within sustainable harvesting limits, both the private and public sectors have important roles to play. 

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2 Apr 2020 - The Guardian - Major review reports recovery of marine life but a redoubling of efforts is still needed.

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06 Mar 2020 - Women's fishing activities around the world amount to an estimated 3 million tonnes of marine fish and other seafood per year, contributing significantly to food and liveliho

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27 Feb 2020 - One in five fish caught in the central western Pacific, which includes the exclusive economic zones of Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines and Cambodia, is illegally traded.

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26 Feb 2020 - The Guardian - Fishing ban has led to an increased consumption of the reef fish in the Pacific country – such as grouper, snapper and parrotfish – that the marine sa

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20 Feb 2020 - Humanity is pushing the world’s oceans to the brink. But as grave as the situation is, experts say there is reason for hope.

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7 Feb 2020 - In 2015 SDG 14.4 to end illegal, unreported and unregulated (IUU) fishing by 2020 was seen as an achievable target, it is now a deadline we’re going to miss. But we have a suite of tools with which to take on IUU fishers.

 

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