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[SDG Target 14.4] By 2020, effectively regulate harvesting and end overfishing, illegal, unreported and unregulated (IUU) fishing and destructive fishing practices... more

[SDG Target 14.4] By 2020, prohibit certain forms of fisheries subsidies which contribute to overcapacity and overfishing, and eliminate subsidies that contribute to IUU fishing... more

Definition

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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17 Sept 2020 - El Programa de las Naciones Unidas para el Desarrollo (PNUD), a través de su proyecto Cadenas Mundiales Sostenibles de Suministro de Productos del Mar (GMC por sus siglas en

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24 Aug 2020 - Digital platform Uplink is announces it's Ocean Cohort of 12 innovations tackling the biggest issues facing our seas.

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4 Aug 2020 - The Guardian - Dumped and ageing fibreglass boats are breaking up, releasing toxins and microplastics across the world.

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22 Jul 2020 - The coastal and marine environment supports tourism and fishing, critical to the Maldives economy. Without ecosystem conservation and funding, it could be lost.

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10 Jul 2020 -WEF - Using waste food to farm insects as fish food; and high-tech real-time water quality monitoring: innovations that could help change global aquaculture, were showcased at

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26 Jun 2020 - The ocean plays a critical role in moving heat around the planet. Seafloor maps are vital for fisheries management and climate change forecasting.

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24 Jun 2020 - From illegal fisher, to reformed leader, fostering coastal and marine protection through a sea change of partnerships, empowerment and inclusion.

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23 Jun 2020 - Small fishing boats, fish markets and female workers are among the categories worst affected by the economic impact of the coronavirus crisis on the world’s fisheries,

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11 Jun 2020 - The 2020 edition of The State of World Fisheries and Aquaculture...
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9 Jun 2020 - This short, animated video gives insights into governance of tenure and resource management in small-scale fis

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8 Jun 2020 - How has COVID-19 affected the ocean economy?

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22 Apr 2020 - Marking 50 years of Earth Day amid the COVID-19 fallout brings greater urgency to climate-change action for marine life and more.

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