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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24 Aug 2017 - The Caribbean is heavily dependent on tourism and other marine services, industries that the Inter Governmental Panel on Climate Change’s (IPPC) last report indicate are expected to be heavily impacted by climate change.

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23 Aug 2017 - Portugal is next month to sign cooperation agreements with other Portuguese-language countries and with Mediterranean and North Atlantic countries on the oceans, covering applied research programmes, ocean clean-up and sustainable fishing, the minister for the sea, Ana Paula Vitorino, announced on Tuesday.

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Portugal organized the Oceans Meeting 2017, including a ministerial segment, in Lisbon on 7-8 September 20

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07/09/2017 - 12:00 to 08/09/2017 - 18:30
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18 Aug 2017 - The President of the United Nations General Assembly, H.E. Mr. Peter Thomson, will ring the Opening Bell of the Nasdaq Stock Market at its MarketSite Headquarters in Times Square, New York, on Monday, 21 August 2017 at 9:30 am EDT, to raise awareness on the urgency of measures required to improve the health of the Ocean.

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17 Aug 2017 - Elimination of government subsidies deemed harmful by the World Trade Organization will be high on the agenda at an upcoming meeting of WTO member states in Argentina.

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16 Aug 2017 - Behavioural evidence suggests marine organisms are not just ingesting microplastics by accident but actively seeking them out as food.

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15 Aug 2017 - Covering 70 percent of Earth's surface, the world's oceans are vast and deep. So vast, in fact, that nearly every coastal country has the potential to meet its own domestic seafood needs through aquaculture.

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11 Aug 2017 - It’s no fluke: Fish populations are on the move, chasing cooler marine temperatures. At Rutgers, scientists track their alarming migrations.

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9 Aug 2017 - PARTNERSHIP is one of the cornerstones for successfully implementing the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

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In June 2017, the United Nations hosted the first Ocean Conference to solidify a global approach for the management and conservation of the oceans.

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2 Aug 2017 - More than half of the world’s oceans belong to no one, which often makes their riches ripe for plunder.

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28 Jul 2017 - ¿Cómo se diseña una Política Oceánica que respalde la conservación de los mares y el uso sostenible de los recursos que provee? Esa fue la pregunta que articuló el taller internacional organizado por el Ministerio de Relaciones Exteriores (MINREL) con apoyo del Programa de las Naciones Unidas para el Desarrollo (PNUD) en Chile, que contó con la asistencia de expertos y representantes diplomáticos procedentes de Argentina, Australia, Colombia, Nueva Zelandia y Perú el pasado 27 de julio en Santiago.

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