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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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This first Ocean Literacy Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) aims to empower and...
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1 Mar 2017 - As the world grapples with the effects of warming oceans and rising acidification, New Zealand's National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research is looking at the impact of increased COlevels on kingfish.

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Briefing on the main obligations and functioning of the multilateral legal framework applicable to fisheries and The Ocean Conference process. Register by 16 March >

Event Date:
20/02/2017 - 10:00 to 13:00
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Seeks to discuss policy and regulatory options for advancing the implementation of trade in fish related targets under SDG14.Register before 16 March >

Event Date:
20/03/2017 - 05:15 to 22/03/2017 - 13:15
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25 Feb 2017 - Extensive interview with the Minister for Fisheries Semi Koroilavesau on the Preparatory Meeting at the United Nations Headquarters in New York in mid February 2017 for the United Nations Ocean Conference

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Fish is an invaluable resource for food security, export and income generation.

UNCTAD video

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Challenges and Opportunities for the GEF Marine Community Tim Adams, Pacific...
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California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW)'s annual, public meeting

Event Date:
01/03/2017 - 05:00 to 11:00
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UN Headquarters, Conference Room 8

Hosted by the FAO

Event Date:
14/02/2017 - 13:15 to 14:30
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UN Headquarters, Conference Room B

Side Event hosted by the FAO

Event Date:
15/02/2017 - 13:15 to 14:30
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UN Headquarters, Conference Room 12

Side Event hosted by FAO

Event Date:
16/02/2017 - 08:15 to 09:30
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7 Feb 2017 - Millions of Indonesians depend on oceans to feed their families. Fishermen, ferryboat drivers, tour guides and freight workers. When the ocean suffers, so do lives.

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