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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SOFIA 2018 emphasizes fisheries' role in achieving the SDGs and measurement of...
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6 Sep 2018 - The World Bank launched the first in a series of bonds designed to raise awareness about the importance of ocean and water resources.

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24 Aug 2018 - Scientists have cataloged over 30 ways that the sea supports human well-being, including providing a source of nutrition, supplying raw materials and supporting recreational activities.

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17 Aug 2018 - Healthy fisheries may be the key to feeding ten billion people-if they're managed correctly.

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13 Aug 2018 - Atsuko Nozaki has been growing and selling oysters in Japan's Okayama Prefecture for 46 years and is now the face of the family aquaculture business.

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7 Aug 2018 - UNCTAD - The subsidies that do harm to fisheries, and which have underpinned the dramatic decrease of fish stocks in the last 40 years, must be withdrawn by 2020.

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26 Jul 2018 - WTO members in the Negotiating Group on Rules exchanged views and information on disciplines to prohibit subsidies to illegal, unreported and unregulated (IUU) fishing.

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17/07/2018 - 09:15 to 28/07/2018 - 17:15
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19 Jul 2018 - Aimed to take stock, exchange experiences and present options for the implementation of trade-related targets of SDG 14 (Targets 4, 6, 7 and b).
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16/07/2018 - 10:00 to 17/07/2018 - 18:00
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25 Jun 2018 - Eight nations, including India, around the Bay of Bengal were brought tog

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20 Jun 2018 - This year’s World Oceans Day, observed annually on 8 June, featured the release of publications and the launch of campaigns to tackle plastic pollution.

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World Economic Forum - It can seem that the world is awash with bad news about the ocean, but there are also a few bright spots. Here are five marine success stories.
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8 Jun 2018 - Overfishing and climate change threaten the vital food supply of more than one billion people.

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