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).

Latest

California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW)'s annual, public meeting

Event Date:
01/03/2017 - 05:00 to 11:00
Official

UN Headquarters, Conference Room 12

Side Event hosted by FAO

Event Date:
16/02/2017 - 08:15 to 09:30
Official

UN Headquarters, Conference Room 8

Hosted by the FAO

Event Date:
14/02/2017 - 13:15 to 14:30
Official

UN Headquarters, Conference Room B

Side Event hosted by the FAO

Event Date:
15/02/2017 - 13:15 to 14:30
Official

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.

Official

3 February 2017 - Unlike protected lands, marine protected areas can’t be staked with signposts — and, without clear boundaries, mariners can easily drift into areas where they don’t belon

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Ecuador

19 Dec 2016 - Ecuador's National Assembly approved the "Codigo Organico del Ambiente" (COA), the National Environmental Code, integrating and updating all the country's envi

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Malaysia

In Malaysia, various state and national laws protect marine sea turtles; and four species have been identified for conservation purposes.

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Cuba

Playa Florida is a coastal village in the south of Cuba adjacent to one of the most delicate and rich marine eco-systems in the Caribbean.

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17 January 2017 - The SDGs are in place, but are policymakers ready and willing to bite?

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16 December 2016 - FAO - FTT-Thiaroye ovens were introduced in 2014 in Côte d’Ivoire as a simple, but efficient alternative to traditional fish smoking.

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16 December 2016 - Coral in an area in the Atlantic Ocean stretching from Connecticut to Virginia has been protected from deep-sea commercial fishing gear, 

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