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The Ocean is Everybody’s Business, Make it Yours

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Public Asks

  • Find out how your supermarkets rank in seafood buying. Buy local and support your local fishermen.
  • Ditch single-use plastic water bottles and help reduce the amount of plastic that makes its way into the ocean. Take the #OneLess pledge.
  • Purchase recycled products, and ask companies to reduce their plastic footprint.
  • Tell Fed Ex to join other industry leaders such as UPS and DHL in agreeing to stop shipping shark fins, #Fedextinction
  • Reduce the damage caused by ocean acidification, which results from CO2. Reduce your carbon impact by cutting down on plane travel, and if you need to travel then offset your carbon impact by investing in the protection of seagrass beds that are highly effective in sequestering carbon.
  • Learn all you can about the Ocean – join the conversation and spread the word about the importance of Ocean protection.
  • Support Ocean literacy and ask your local education authority to ensure that the Ocean is part of the curriculum.
  • Write to your Government to tell them to support the appointment of a special representative for the Ocean at the UN, with a clear mission and sufficient resources to significantly improve global Ocean governance, including by: combating overfishing, destructive fishing and pollution; protecting habitats; and reducing the impacts of climate change in line with scientific projections and recommendations.

 

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Business Asks

  • Reduce the damage caused by ocean acidification, which results from CO2. Companies need to take action to reduce carbon emissions that are harming the planet and acidifying our Ocean. Commit to a carbon neutral future like the B-team companies http://bteam.org/planb/#restore-nature 

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  • Reduce sea pollution. Commit to reducing plastic packaging and waste from the production of your own products (if applicable) and business operations, and ensure recycling, whenever possible. Get innovative – @TBPInnovate and #Thinkbeyondplastic
  • Buy local and support your local fishermen.
  • Identify opportunities to seek direct engagement with local fishermen.
  • Protect and nurture all sea life by supporting the campaign to strongly protect at least 30% of the Ocean by 2030. Invest in Ocean conservation to promote a healthy Ocean #OceanSummit. It is definitely a smart investment, with high returns in terms of jobs, fish and improved services.
  • Commit to reduce plastic packaging and waste from production and business operations, and ensure recycling.
  • Design products for re-use – make them multiple use, not single use.
  • Remove all single-use plastic water bottles from your offices and retail outlets. Try offering alternatives, or refill stations and encourage your customers or employees to take the #OneLess pledge.
  • Ocean-based industries, such as fisheries, shipping, tourism and energy: ensure your activities are sustainable. As Ocean users, you should invest in Ocean conservation to promote a healthy Ocean.
  • Commit to only sourcing and providing certified sustainable seafood, which is not listed on any seafood ‘red lists’.
  • Ocean-based companies: take pro-active measures to ensure your activities are not impacting marine life in the most vulnerable areas of the sea, ie coral reefs.
  • Encourage governments to take legal measures to protect the most vulnerable marine areas, and support scientific research to help identify and protect them, and demonstrate that a healthy Ocean is part of the economic revenue model.
  • Ask your Government to end perverse fishing subsidies and to support the decision to reform harmful fisheries subsidies at the WTO Ministerial Conference in December 2017, joining those governments that have launched an initiative to get them eliminated once and for all.
  • Demonstrate that businesses would be better off without having to compete with subsidized fishing fleets.
  • Raise awareness among consumers and staff about the state of the Ocean – and actions that they can take to protect it.
  • Work with countries to build capacity for sustainably managing their fisheries.
  • Support ocean research initiatives as part of your business model.
  • Assess what economic contribution a healthy Ocean makes to your business model.
  • Translate Ocean science so that it becomes relevant to your business, and accessible to your staff and customers.
  • Ask your Government representative to support the appointment of a special representative for the Ocean at the UN, with a clear mission and sufficient resources to significantly improve global Ocean governance, including by: combating overfishing, destructive fishing and pollution, protecting habitats; and reducing the impacts of climate change in line with scientific projections and recommendations.

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Government Asks

  • Use scientific knowledge and existing laws to protect life in the most vulnerable areas of the seas. Continue the wave of Antarctic protection and support the agreement to establish two new large MPAs in the Southern Ocean in 2017 – the Weddell Sea and East Antarctica. http://lewispugh.com/antarctica-2020-campaign/
  • Protect and nurture all sea life by supporting the campaign to strongly protect at least 30% of the Ocean by 2030. Follow the science and take inspiration from other recent large-scale Ocean protection announcements to establish a network of large-scale marine protected areas in your own waters.
  • Ensure you meet, or even exceed, the SDG14 targets, and update the United Nations on an annual basis as to your progress.
  • We also need to see the appointment of a special representative for the Ocean at the level of Under-Secretary General, with a clear mission and sufficient resources to significantly improve ocean governance. Including combating over-and destructive fishing and pollution, protecting habitats, and reducing the impacts of climate change in line with scientific projections and recommendations.
  • Support development of a roadmap on financing needs, gaps and pathways to support the implementation of SDG14 at the United Nations and ensure it is included in the ‘Call to Action’ for the UN Ocean Conference in June 2017.
  • Enact single-use plastic bag bans or levies and provide financial incentives for recycling, minimising waste, and circular economy initiatives.
  • Make single-use plastic water bottles a priority issue and work towards removing all single-use plastic water bottles from your offices and Government buildings. Take the #OneLess pledge.
  • Stick to, or perhaps even go further than, the commitments you made when you signed the Paris Agreement.
  • Support renewable energy industries and help transition jobs out of the carbon economy.
  • Ratify the Port State Measures Agreement and make sure it is properly implemented.
  • Adopt laws that apply ecosystem-based fisheries management and include marine protected areas.
  • Ban destructive fishing methods, such as bottom trawling.
  • Declare your waters 'shark sanctuaries' to prohibit the sale, trade or possession of any shark products.
  • Provide incentives for 'slave-free seafood'.
  • Act on scientific recommendations, rather than let short-term economic gains dictate ocean policy to:
    • protect vulnerable deep-sea ecosystems from bottom trawling;
    • only allow deep-sea mining is to occur, it should not take place until appropriate and effective regulations for exploration and exploitation are in place to ensure that the full range of marine habitats, biodiversity and ecosystem functions are adequately and effectively protected, including through a network of marine protected areas and reserves.
  • Adopt rules and regulations that effectively trace seafood and other marine products entering your country and ensure they are from sustainable, fair sources only.
  • Provide development aid incentives for sustainably managing fisheries and building capacity for ending IUU fishing.
  • Empower and fund national research bodies to improve the understanding of the Ocean directed at the public and government officials.
  • Make the Ocean part of the schooling curriculum for all ages.
  • Assess what economic contribution a healthy Ocean makes to your economy.
  • Put in place policies that promote sustainable small-scale fisheries, and remove subsidies for large-scale fishing fleets that are linked to overfishing and IUU fishing.
  • Tell your country to support the appointment of a special representative for the Ocean at the UN, with a clear mission and sufficient resources to significantly improve global ocean governance; including bycombating overfishing, and destructive fishing and pollution; protecting habitats; and reducing the impacts of climate change in line with scientific projections and recommendations.
  • Stop supporting overfishing and illegal fishing though use of fisheries subsidies: Support the decision to reform harmful fisheries subsidies at the WTO Ministerial Conference in December 2017, joining those governments that have launched an initiative to get them eliminated once and for all.

 

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