Ocean Action Hub

[ SDG Target 14.2 ] By 2020, sustainably manage and protect marine and coastal ecosystems to avoid significant adverse impacts, including by strengthening their resilience, and take action for their restoration in order to achieve healthy and productive oceans.

Marine and coastal ecosystems provide many services to human society, including food and other goods, shoreline protection, water quality maintenance, waste treatment, support of tourism and other cultural benefits, and maintenance of the basic global life support systems.

The provision of these services is threatened by the worldwide degradation of marine and coastal ecosystems. Fisheries are in global decline. Coastal habitats have been modified and lost, and in many cases the rate of degradation is increasing. Habitat loss and modification result in a loss of ecosystem services and also threaten biodiversity (UNEP, 2006, p. 7).

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29 Aug 2019 - To prevent several millions tons of plastic from flushing into the ocean every year, engineers are paving roads with it.

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28 Aug 2019 - Protecting Sri Lanka's largest marine sanctuary and reviving its former glory.

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26 Aug 2019 - BBC - Countries have agreed to strengthen protections for 18 threatened species of sharks and rays, including those hunted for their meat and fins.

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20 Aug 2019 - The Guardian - Fish stocks are stable and reef health improving, in part thanks to Belize’s substantial ‘no-take’ zones.

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19 Aug 2019 - Kristin Hugo - If you care about the environment, it’s time to start talking about the 640,000 tons of discarded fishing gear killing ocean creatures.

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16 Aug 2019 - High nutrient levels in 2018 resulted in a nearly 9,000-kilometer belt of Sargassum, a seaweed critical to many marine animals but also a nuisance when it washes up on shorel

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15 Aug 2019 - When developing a marine protection area, the genetics of species living within that area need to be taken into consideration. Tiny organisms can help make those decisions.

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13 Aug 2019 - Plastic is officially everywhere.

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12 Aug 2019 - Saving reefs will require combining local and global efforts.

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7 Aug 2019 - BBC - Rampant overfishing to feed demand has left wild sea-cucumber stocks declining globally. But a scheme to protect the environment while improving lives is seeing success.

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6 Aug 2019 - NatGeo - Few marine organisms can survive the toxic low-oxygen conditions of dead zones. Here’s how our agricultural practices make them worse.

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5 Aug 2019 - A teenager from Ireland may have found a way to rescue our oceans from the growing plastic pollution problem.

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