Global Ocean Commission Publishes Report on Ocean Resources
On June 24, 2014, the Global Ocean Commission published a report entitled From Decline to Recovery: A Rescue Package for the Global Ocean. According to this report, there are five key drivers of ocean decline: rising demand for resources; technological advances; decline of fish stocks; climate change; biodiversity and habitat loss; and weak high seas governance.
To shift from continued decline to a cycle of recovery and urge nations to effectively protect ocean resources, the report put forward a package of proposals. These proposals include: ensure that all fish stocks are being fished sustainably; protect vulnerable marine areas; reduce biodiversity loss; eliminate illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing; and reduce by 50% quantities of plastic debris entering the marine environment.
The report calls on ending illegal, unreported and unregulated (IUU) fishing and improving tracking capacity of fishing on the high seas.
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