At a time when 90% of global fish stocks are either overfished or fully fished, it’s worth remembering that this isn’t just a crisis affecting our planet’s marine biodiversity. More than 1 billion people worldwide rely on seafood as a source of protein, and more than half this number depend on fishing and related sectors for their livelihoods.
On December 9, 2014, a major oil spill of 350,000 litres occurred in the UNESCO World Heritage site of the Sundarbans in Bangladesh. The accident threatened to destroy the world’s largest mangrove ecosystem and its unique aquatic life. There were fears that the spill might lead to severe long-term degradation of this delicate and ecologically important environment.
The recent Global Oceans Action Summit for Food Security and Blue Growth, held in the Hague, the Netherlands, highlighted the need to take steps to tackle overfishing, climate change and pollution of the oceans. The summit committed to a set of concrete actions responding to the urgency for restoring productive, resilient oceans that drive broad-based blue growth and deliver food security.