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Wishing you a very happy, healthy and peaceful new year!
Here we are again folks, it’s the end of another year! Many of you will be looking forward to a well-deserved break (I know we at Ocean Unite certainly are…), but before you disappear offline, we thought it would be good to have a quick flashback over 2018 to take stock of what’s happened these past 12 months. It’s also a good reminder that while it may not always feel like it, there is progress being made. Below are a few of Ocean Unite’s blue highlights that we wanted to share with you before 2019 rushes in and takes over.
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We are all now off to the beach but look forward to bringing you all the latest Ocean news in January.
Antarctica2020 launch: a group of high-level influencers from the world of sport, politics, business, media and science have come together to focus efforts on super-charging the level of Antarctic marine protection by 2020.
Arctic high seas fishing moratorium signed: Arctic and distant water fishing nations will keep 2.8 million km2 of the central Arctic Ocean off limits to commercial fishing for at least 16 years, to protect Arctic marine ecosystems that have opened up due to melting ice.
30×30 gaining momentum: Brazil announced MPA plans that increase national protection to 26.3%; the Seychelles will create 2 new MPAs, boosting protection from 0.04% to 30%; and the UK government called on world leaders to support the need for global protection of 30% of the Ocean by 2030.
South African MPAs increase 12-fold: a further 20 MPAs have been announced in South African waters, increasing protection from 0.4% to 5%, due to sterling efforts by environmental groups working on the #Onlythismuch initiative.
G7 Ocean Blueprint: with Canadian leadership, the G7 nations developed a pretty robust plan regarding working together to fight illegal, unreported and unregulated (IUU) fishing; promote sustainable fisheries; plan for Ocean risk and increase coastal resilience; establish marine protected areas; and reduce marine pollution.
Caribbean Climate-Smart Accelerator launched: this new initiative aims to promote unprecedented collaboration in the region, to make sure it becomes more resilient to natural disasters and promotes Ocean health. Caribbean countries will work together to develop the world’s first “climate-smart” zone.
2018 – International Year of the Reef: coral reefs, marine cities livelihoods and coastal defense – have been taking a huge battering. Through the International Coral Reef Initiative they’ve got some well-deserved attention this year, but need a lot more to protect them from overfishing and climate change.