Oceans are finally on the main agenda for decision makers
There has been steady progress in expanding levels of protection of the ocean, but that's not enough. The outcomes of the UN Ocean Conference in New York and the Declaration of the G7 meeting on the Environment in support of the Paris Agreement mark the moment the ocean finally arrived on the main agenda for decision makers from all sectors. This is an opportunity we cannot miss to develop a sustainable blue economy and achieve wellbeing for hundreds of millions of people.
Make or break moment for the ocean economy
Notable at this historic ocean conference was the clear recognition of how serious the threats are to the ocean and coasts, from widespread habitat destruction and ecosystem degradation, to overfishing and pollution. By turning the tide today, we can secure food supplies, livelihoods, sustainable economic opportunities and enhanced wellbeing for hundreds of millions of people. The momentum must build from here.
WWF new report: most of the fish we eat in the Mediterranean is imported
The situation in the Mediterranean reflects the global crisis in fisheries. We need to better manage our relationship with fish and the oceans, and to embed sustainability at the heart of our seafood markets.
WWF & Bolton Alimentari: generating a positive change in tuna production
On 6 June WWF and Bolton Alimentari – Europe’s leader in canned tuna production – announced the launch of an international partnership to improve the sustainability of its business practices and to deliver large-scale impacts to help safeguard our oceans and marine life. With this transformational partnership the company commits to source 100 per cent of its tuna within eight years from MSC (Marine Stewardship Council) certified fisheries or from robust Fishery Improvement Projects aimed at becoming eligible for MSC certification. Bolton has made a similar commitment for other fish species in their supply chain such as salmon, mackerel and sardines. Read more.
This is a huge opportunity to influence the way seafood businesses operate and to generate positive change among global suppliers. By sharing good practices we can inspire other seafood companies to embark on the road to sustainability and contribute to well managed fisheries and healthy oceans.
Declaration to transform Mediterranean fisheries