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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2 Apr 2020 - The Guardian - Major review reports recovery of marine life but a redoubling of efforts is still needed.

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06 Mar 2020 - Women's fishing activities around the world amount to an estimated 3 million tonnes of marine fish and other seafood per year, contributing significantly to food and liveliho

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27 Feb 2020 - One in five fish caught in the central western Pacific, which includes the exclusive economic zones of Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines and Cambodia, is illegally traded.

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26 Feb 2020 - The Guardian - Fishing ban has led to an increased consumption of the reef fish in the Pacific country – such as grouper, snapper and parrotfish – that the marine sa

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20 Feb 2020 - Humanity is pushing the world’s oceans to the brink. But as grave as the situation is, experts say there is reason for hope.

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7 Feb 2020 - In 2015 SDG 14.4 to end illegal, unreported and unregulated (IUU) fishing by 2020 was seen as an achievable target, it is now a deadline we’re going to miss. But we have a suite of tools with which to take on IUU fishers.

 

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23 Jan 2019 - Members discussed a new proposal from Canada on prohibiting subsidies that contribute to overcapacity and overfishing, and special flexibilities for developing and least developed countries to help them implement a future deal.

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11 Nov 2019 - Costa Rica seeks to optimize the potential of a sustainable wild capture fisheries sector.

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28 Oct 2019 - Governments, businesses, organizations and research institutions made commitments toward improving marine health and productivity worth more than $63 billion.

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22 Oct 2019 - Our appetite for fish is wreaking havoc on aquatic populations worldwide. The solution is involving all levels of society, from consumers to policy makers.

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7 Oct 2019 - Massive global expansion of tuna fisheries also poses a threat to sharks and other species, says study.

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26 Sept 2019 - Researchers synthesize new data and assessment methods to show how freshwater fish feed poor rural populations in many areas of the world.

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