The world’s oceans – their temperature, chemistry, currents and life – drive global systems that make the Earth habitable for humankind. How we manage this vital resource is essential for humanity as a whole, and to counterbalance the effects of climate change.
Over three billion people depend on marine and coastal biodiversity for their livelihoods. However, today we are seeing 30 percent of the world’s fish stocks overexploited, reaching below the level at which they can produce sustainable yields.
Oceans also absorb about 30 percent of the carbon dioxide produced by humans, and we are seeing a 26 percent rise in ocean acidification since the beginning of the industrial revolution. Marine pollution, an overwhelming majority of which comes from land-based sources, is reaching alarming levels, with an average of 13,000 pieces of plastic litter to be found on every square kilometre of ocean.
The SDGs aim to sustainably manage and protect marine and coastal ecosystems from pollution, as well as address the impacts of ocean acidification. Enhancing conservation and the sustainable use of ocean-based resources through international law will also help mitigate some of the challenges facing our oceans.
Deck Hand Fishing programme graduate from Fiji National University’s (FNU) Fiji Maritime Academy (FMA) Jone Qolikira believes seafarers working on fishing vessels need to understand the importance of sustainable fishing practices, especially the safe release of bycatch. Qolikira was among the 11 students who recently graduated in the programme after a four-week intense theory and...Read More
In an effort to create greater awareness and education on sustainable offshore fishing practices, a training manual titled “Protected Species Bycatch Mitigation for the Fiji Offshore Fisheries” was launched at the Fiji National University’s (FNU), Fiji Maritime Academy (FMA) by Minister for Fisheries Honourable Semi Koroilavesau today. Bycatch is fish or other marine species that...Read More