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Sustainable fisheries and climate change at Day 2 #OurOcean

After the downpours accompanying the first day of Our Ocean, a much more typical, warming Mediterranean sun greeted Conference attendees for the second day of the event. Friday morning’s keynote address was delivered by His Serene Highness Prince Albert II of Monaco. The Prince spoke about the challenges and opportunities in the Mediterranean, including climate change and its effects on marine resources, marine pollution, damage to marine habitats, efforts at awareness raising and possibilities to develop ecotourism in the region. [more]

#OurOcean opens in Malta

The fourth annual Our Ocean Conference opened today on the Mediterranean island of Malta. Hosted by the European Union in the EU’s smallest member countries, this is the first time that the global meeting – previously held in Chile and the US – comes to Europe. [more]

On the eve of Our Ocean: Financing the Forgotten Fisheries

The evening before the opening of the #OurOcean Conference, a Financing the Forgotten Fisheries event hosted in Malta by the NGO Rare addressed the challenge of how to attract financing aimed at strengthening small-scale fisheries communities. [more]

Large Ocean Nations’ Forum on Blue Growth underway in Malta

As highlighted on our Blue Growth blog last week, an interesting event opened this week, the Large Ocean Nations Forum on Blue Growth. Hosted 2-4 October in Malta, just prior to the Our Ocean Conference, the event is part of a three-year project headed by the Faroe Islands’ Ministry of Fisheries. [more]

From ocean-sourced fashion to luxury seafood: Large Ocean Nations’ Forum on Blue Growth opens in Malta

The premise of the upcoming Large Ocean Nations Forum on Blue Growth is intriguing: island nations – whether developed or developing, north or south, western or eastern hemisphere – share many of the same challenges and can learn from one another’s experiences when implementing Blue Growth. [more]

Advancing aquaponics in the Caribbean

A crisp, blue sign emblazoned with “FRESH TILAPIA” entices customers to stop in at Indies Greens in Upper Renfrew, on the Caribbean island of Antigua, to pick up these delicious fish for a panfry or barbeque. Bred and raised in Antigua under the supervision of Larry Francis and his team, these tilapia are grown using aquaponics. [more]

Wrap-up of the sixteenth session of FAO’s COFI Sub-Committee on Fish Trade

The Republic of Korea’s second largest city, Busan, played host to FAO’s sixteenth session of the COFI Sub-Committee on Fish Trade during the week of 4-8 September 2017. The COFI Sub-Committee on Fish Trade has been meeting every two years, beginning in 1986. [more]

Sixteenth session of FAO’s COFI Sub-Committee on Fish Trade opens today in Republic of Korea

Today in Busan, Republic of Korea, the sixteenth session of FAO’s COFI Sub-committee on Fish Trade (COFI-FT) opened. Fish is one of the most widely traded food commodities in the world, estimated at a value of 143 billion USD in 2016. And developing countries play an increasingly important role in fish trade. In 1976, developing countries accounted for only 37% of world fisheries trade (based on volume), while today developing countries supply a full 60% of the fish traded annually. [more]

Innovative Ocean financing: Seychelles Blue Bonds

On Friday, during the 40th session of the FAO Conference, there will be Conference side event entitled Blue Ocean, Blue Growth: People, Resources, Innovation. That event takes place on Friday, 7 July 15:00-16:30 CET, and will review FAO’s participation in the recent UN Ocean Conference, before exploring innovative approaches to Blue Growth aimed at harnessing ocean resources to promote economic growth for coastal communities. [more]

Marking Ocean Day at the #SaveourOcean Conference

Thursday morning in New York was dedicated to celebrating World Oceans Day, which takes place each 8 June. As UN General Assembly President Peter Thomson noted, the celebrations taking place this year during the UN Ocean Conference also celebrated our awareness of the need to “right the wrongs” we have done to the ocean. Speaking in plenary, Thomspon announced that more than 1 000 voluntary commitments were submitted, and called the conference a turning point towards protecting the ocean. [more]

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