We are thrilled at the announcement of groundbreaking plan of the Global Ocean Commission, that has generated eight concrete proposals from science, academia, business and NGO’s to catalyze a reversal of the alarming ocean decline we’ve seen over the past century. As our supporters know, Mission Blue is dedicated to elevating public knowledge and concern for our global ocean, through diverse means from expeditions to films. The issues that the report addresses, such as governing the high seas or combating marine plastics, are issues that Mission Blue and her nearly 100 partners are engaged with daily in a battle to right the wrongs done to the Blue Heart of Our Planet.
There are 8 exciting proposals put forward by the new initiative:
1) A UN Sustainable Development Goal for the Ocean — putting a healthy living ocean at the heart of the UN’s post-2015 development agenda, with detailed targets and specific indicators for ocean heath.
2) Governing the High Seas — A new global agreement on the conservation and sustainable use of biodiversity in international waters.
3) No More Overfishing — Full transparency — countries should disclose and account for all their public spending in the fisheries sector.
4) Illegal, Unreported and Unregulated Fishing — All high seas fishing vessels to carry a unique identification number and transponders, in order to be internationally identifiable and tracked in real time.
5) Keeping Plastics Out of the Ocean — Establishing time-bound quantitative reduction targets, as well as creating incentives to promote recycling and extend producer responsibility.
6) Offshore Oil and Gas — the adoption of international binding protocols with safety and environmental standards for offshore oil and gas exploration and exploitation on the continental shelf, including provisions for emergency response, and capacity building for developing countries.
7) Global Ocean Accountability Board — The Board would use clear criteria to measure what has been done and whether it has made a clear difference, as well as holding to account those who are exploiting or mismanaging the high seas.
8) Creating a High Sea Regeneration Zone — turning the high seas – with the exception of those areas where Regional Fishery Management Organizations action is effective – into a regeneration zone where industrial fishing is prevented.
Check out the website for full information and also the YouTube video below for more color on their work. Let’s get ourselves behind this one!