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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21 Mar 2019 - This week, Conservation International is co-hosting the Blue Oceans Conference to bring attention to ocean conservation issues in Africa, with the Governments of Liberia and Sweden.

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13 Mar 2019 - Make sure wherever you buy fish you ask the seller where it's is from and who caught it. If they don’t know, tell them: retailers need to know their sources.

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11 Mar 2019 - Index uses 40 indicators to benchmark vulnerability, prevalence and response to illegal, unreported and unregulated (IUU) fishing.

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On 8 June every year, World Oceans Day provides a unique opportunity to honor, help protect, and conserve our world’s shared ocean. Register your event here.
Event Date:
08/06/2019 - 08:00 to 20:00
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8 Mar 2019 - PEW - Women make up a significant part of the world’s fisheries workers, but often work in harsh conditions and for pay far below what men receive.

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7 Mar 2019 - Peter Thomson said, “A WTO agreement on fisheries subsidies must be achieved by the end of 2019. Only then can we meet the deadline for SDG 14.6.

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4 Mar 2019 - High-level representatives from UN member states and international organizations gathered at UN Headquarters to celebrate World Wildlife Day.

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25 Feb 2019 – UNDP/GEF partner the Pacific Islands Forum Fisheries Agency (FFA) was awarded the top prize in Bangkok for fighting IUU in the world's largest tuna fishery.

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19 Feb 2019 - Mark Kurlansky - We have arrived at a point where a fishery that could be saved simply by good management would be extremely fortunate.

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18 Feb 2019 - “The ocean is under threat from pollution and plastics, from overfishing and habitat loss, from acidification, which threatens all life on Earth.” - Cody Simpson, UNDP Ocean Advocate

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15 Feb 2019 - Report contains examples of successful water and/or ocean...
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30 Jan 2019 - Efforts to support Timorese women fishers to participate in decisions about small-scale fisheries, including through the landmark Women Fishers’ Forum, are showing promise.

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