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How can we ensure sustainable fishing and healthy oceans?

Workers walk on plastic crates with different fish offered for sale at a wholesale market for fish and other seafood in Mahachai, in Thailand's Samut Sakhon province April 23, 2015. Thailand's agriculture minister said on April 22, 2015 he had confidence in measures designed to combat illegal fishing after the European Union gave the country six months to clean up its act. Thailand, the world's third-largest seafood exporter, was issued a "yellow card" and risks an embargo on its fish exports in October unless it cracks down on illegal fishing.

Sustainable Development Goal 14 aims to improve the health of the oceans, as the world uses more marine resources than ever. Image: REUTERS/Damir Sagolj

Florina Pirlea
Analyst, Development Data Group of the World Bank
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