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Mobilizing Stakeholders and Public Towards Sustainable Fisheries. Introduction to Vision, Mission, Objectives and Research Results Leonard Sonnenschein 2:45PM â€“ 3:00PM. Johannesburg Summit Outcomes.
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Introduction to Vision, Mission, Objectives and Research Results
2:45PM – 3:00PM
- Encourage the application by 2010 of the ecosystem approach (para. 30d);- Maintain or restore depleted fish stocks to levels that can produce the maximum sustainable yield on an urgent basis and where possible not later than 2015 (para. 31a);- Urgently develop and implement national and, where appropriate, regional plans of action to put into effect the FAO international plan of action for the management of fishing capacity by 2005 and the FAO international plan of action to prevent, deter and eliminate illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing by 2004 (para. 31d);- Eliminate subsidies that contribute to illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing and to over-capacity, while completing the efforts undertaken at WTO to clarify and improve its disciplines on fisheries subsidies (para. 31f);- Develop national, regional and international programmes for halting the loss of marine biodiversity, including in coral reefs and wetlands (para. 32d);- Advance implementation of the Global Programme of Action for the Protection of the Marine Environment from Land-based Activities and the Montreal Declaration on the Protection of the Marine Environment from Land-based Activities (para. 33);- Accelerate the development of measure to address invasive alien species in ballast water (para. 34b);- Establish by 2004 a regular process under the Untied Nations for global reporting and assessment of the state of the marine environment, including socio-economic aspects, both current and foreseeable, building on existing regional assessments, as a means to improve the scientific understanding and assessment of marine and coastal ecosystems as a fundamental basis for sound decision-making (para. 36b).
The role of the World Ocean Network is to lead the public in actions to insure living oceans tomorrow.
To create a wider awareness of the fragile state of the ocean ecosystems and what consumer actions can do to bring about a positive conservation change.
Implementing outdoor/indoor field actions on a local scale as well as on a global scale.
to launch a call for Field actions project within the Network, according to pre-defined criteria and objective.
Partners supports of local initiatives on the field as well as votes for global projects which will be financed by the Network fund for Field action.
WORLD OCEAN DAY Celebrations.
Develop common international projects in the above areas and consider for additional funding
Develop joint projects for local action project for all World Ocean Network participants
Establish a Manatee Study Group.
Enlarge the action program to groups to include Eastern Europe Countries, China, Southeast Asia, South America and Persian Gulf.Who We Are
The original committee was made up of 15 representatives and now has
Marine fisheries and aquaculture (the controlled cultivation and harvesting of freshwater and marine organisms) produce close to 100 million tons of fish, shellfish, and edible plants every year, providing a livelihood for about 35 million people, most of who live in developing countries. Overharvesting to meet global consumers’ growing demand for seafood can deplete many species and alter the biological structure of coastal ecosystems. Many species are overharvested because the world fishing fleet is larger than it needs to be. Other problems include destructive harvesting methods such as trawling (dragging weighted nets across the sea floor to catch shrimp and bottom-dwelling fish), and bycatch (unintended catch of nontarget species). Modern trawling equipment scoops through sediment and rock and often kills the worms, sponges and other species that live on the seafloor. Aquaculture, the world’s fastest growing food production activities, with an annual growth rate of about 10 percent in the 1990s, can lead to the destruction of mangroves and may lead to irreversible damage to both estuarine and offshore fisheries by introducing biological, chemical, and organic pollutants (such as antibiotics and pesticides) and by modifying habitats.
Ripple Effects: Population and Coastal Regions by PRB.org
The mission of the Sustainable Seafood Campaign is to educate consumers and children (as influencers) on the issues associated with commercial fisheries and aquaculture and empower them with actions they can take in the market place and/or restaurant.
PRELIMINARY MEETING OBJECTIVES TO DISCUSS FINDINGS BY REGION:
The Sustainable Seafood Campaign’s First Year Summary Report will be presented in January 2006 at the Global Forum on Oceans, Coasts and Islands.
DEPLETED STOCKS RECOVERY: A CHALLENGING NECESSITY
During the eighteenth and nineteenth century, thinkers such as Jean-Baptiste de Lamarck and Thomas Huxley assumed that the size of the oceans and the high fecundity of commercially exploited fish and shellfish meant that, under the conditions prevailing at that time, the risk of extinction of fishery resources was low. These scientists overestimated the ocean’s resilience to fishing and underestimated both the future demand and the potential progress in fishing efficiency. However, the fact that local natural renewable resources could be depleted through wasteful competition and lack of ownership has been known literally for centuries, and by the end of the 1960s the “tragedy of the commons” was already common knowledge.
Seafood Guide: Wallet Cards, Score Cards, Seafood Recommendations
Cooking Shows and Chef Testimonials
Reverse Trend by Economic Doctrine
Summary of Activities &
Findings by Region
We need to identify steps towards sustainable oceans as a priority for 2006-2009
The quantitative outlook developed in the IFPRI study reinforces five major structural shifts that are already underway, but will become more pervasive between now and 2020.