The latest news, comment and analysis from the Friends of Ocean Action, leaders who are fast-tracking solutions for a healthy ocean.
Global Tuna Alliance calls for 25% catch reduction in Indian Ocean yellowfin tuna
The Global Tuna Alliance, a body working with Friends of Ocean Action to eliminate illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing in tuna fisheries, has published independent management advi...
12 innovative and surprising solutions for saving our seas
Changemakers brought together by innovation platform Uplink hail from six continents and tackle a range of challenges facing the Ocean, from freight shipping to plastic pollution.
This boat made from plastic waste is on a mission to end ocean pollution
The boat, made entirely out of plastic waste and recycled flip-flops, has sailed from Kenya to Tanzania to raise awareness for plastic pollution in the ocean.
60% of the world's fish species at risk of extinction due to climate change
New research suggests that climate change could wipe out 60% of all fish species in the oceans. Previous studies predicted fish would be far more resilient.
Net gains: Thai project turns fishing nets into virus protection gear
Thailand is one of the world's biggest plastic polluters, but a small community project is recycling its discarded fishing nets into vital supplies to help fight coronavirus.
'Reef cubes': could these plastic-free blocks help save the ocean?
Start-up ARC Marine has come up with a green alternative to artificial reefs - restoring marine biodiversity at the same time as protecting offshore wind farms from strong tides.
Highly protected marine areas will benefit UK fishing, not threaten it
Highly protected marine areas are the best way to conserve and restore marine life. Here's why the UK government must seize its chance to create more of them.
The plastic pandemic is only getting worse during COVID-19
Single-use plastics, such as surgical masks, have been vital in supporting society during COVID-19. However, the increase in plastic waste is putting a strain on waste management systems.
How scuba divers are turning ocean waste into COVID face masks
The international diving organization PADI is recycling ocean plastic to make anti-coronavirus face masks. We look at similar schemes around the world.
5 ways the ocean can contribute to a green post-COVID recovery
From food production to renewable energy, the ocean represents a vast and untapped resource. Here are five ways we can use it to shape a greener future.
How face masks, gloves and other coronavirus waste is polluting our ocean
The coronavirus pandemic is driving us towards more single-use products and the environment is already seeing the impact.
Track and trace: transparent and digitized fishing data is crucial to ocean resilience
The COVID pandemic has made it tougher than ever to detect illegal fishing. Digital tracking and tracing could be a great help as we rebuild our economies.
Time to protect the ocean: what is an 'MPA' and why do we need them?
A comic-book-style guide explains what we mean when we talk about protecting the ocean - something that will be even more urgent as we reset after COVID-19,
3 innovations which are leading the fight to save our ocean
Our ocean faces an unprecedented set of interconnected challenges. These innovators, the winners of our Ocean Solutions Sprint, think they can help turn things around.
Quotes on the future of our ocean from Queen Noor of Jordan, Marc Benioff and more
The first day of the World Economic Forum's Virtual Ocean Dialogues ended Monday with a session looking at how we can restore the ocean's health - Setting the Stage for Ocean Action.
'Water-forecasting' and fish farms fed on waste: how innovation is driving the blue economy
Two young entrepreneurs joined the World Economic Forum’s Virtual Ocean Dialogues to explain how fresh thinking could make aquaculture more sustainable,
UN chief: Our global recovery must include a plan for the ocean
Peter Thomson, the UN Secretary-General’s Special Envoy for the Ocean's makes the case for a 'blue-green' recovery following the coronavirus pandemic.
5 things you need to know about the Virtual Ocean Dialogues
The Virtual Ocean Dialogues are the world's first totally online comprehensive global conference for ocean action. Here's what you can expect.
The top 10 ocean biodiversity hotspots to protect
Research has identified 10 areas of the ocean that need to be protected to support marine biodiversity.
How to follow the Virtual Ocean Dialogues
Find all the information you need to follow #OceanDialogues on our social channels.
New research reveals the true extent of corruption in fisheries
Corruption is a problem throughout the fisheries value chain, and its impacts are serious and widespread. Here's how policy-makers can start to address it.
Virtual Ocean Dialogues to Fast-track Action, Innovation and Resilience
Innovation and solutions are at the forefront of the first Virtual Ocean Dialogues, a summit to fast-track actions for a healthier ocean and planet hosted by the Friends of Ocean Action a...
COVID-19 is a chance to end harmful fishing subsidies. Here's why we must take it
The COVID-19 recovery is an opportunity to foster a sustainable ocean economy. To that end, governments must end the funding of harmful fishing practices.
8 ways to rebuild a stronger ocean economy after COVID-19
COVID-19's impact is being felt at sea as well as on land - but the pandemic offers an opportunity to start building a fairer, more sustainable ocean economy.
Special Envoy for the Ocean calls for elimination of harmful fisheries subsidies by end of the year
Friends of Ocean Action co-chair adds his voice to those affirming support for the intensification of their efforts to develop new WTO disciplines in 2020, including a Fisheries Subsidies...
Indonesia unveils action plan to prevent 16 million tonnes of plastic from entering the ocean
A diverse community of plastic pollution action leaders across Indonesia’s public, private and civil society sectors released a joint Action Plan for combatting plastic pollution and waste.
Increasing finance for a healthy ocean
The Ocean Finance Handbook is a new guide that seeks to demystify the investment landscape of the sustainable blue economy.
Coming soon: Virtual Ocean Dialogues
A global online conference for ocean action, the Virtual Ocean Dialogues, has been announced to take place on 1-5 June 2020 to connect communities across the world that are seeking innova...
Here's how transparent global fisheries can be a reality
The WEF's Tuna Traceability Declaration comes into force this year – a crucial step towards stemming illegal fishing that harms both ecosystems and economies
A healthy human future depends on healthy oceans. Here's why
The oceans can play a huge role in feeding the planet's growing population - but we must avoid the mistakes we have made in land-based agriculture if we are to do this sustainably.
Here's how eating sea urchins could help save the oceans' dying kelp forests
As sea urchin populations boom they are killing kelp forests and damaging vital marine ecosystems.
Climate change is acidifying the ocean at an alarming rate - and these animals are worst affected
Increasing ocean acidity is threatening its inhabitants, including the Dungeness crabs, whose shells are being dissolved.
We need natural solutions to fight ocean and climate risk
The ocean, which feeds us, regulates our climate and is one of the engines of the global economy, is changing at the fastest rate in human history. We need to find practical, powerful way...
How venture capital can help stem the flow of ocean plastic waste
When combined with public policy, corporate commitments and changes in human behaviour, here’s how venture capital can help stop plastic waste polluting the ocean - especially in Asia.
2019 was the oceans' hottest year on record
From coral bleaching and rising sea levels to increased marine heatwaves and more powerful storms, climate change is destroying our ocean ecosystems - harming people just as much as the f...
This is how The Ocean Cleanup's mission to clear the Great Pacific Garbage Patch is going
The Ocean Cleanup has collected 60 massive plastic bags from a floating barrier in the Great Pacific Garbage Patch. Here’s what you need to know.
Overwhelming Public Support for Ban on Fishing for Endangered Species, Poll Finds
New global survey shows three out of four adults say we should ban fishing of endangered species and stop government fisheries subsidies that lead to overfishing and illegal fishing. It c...
The ocean is teeming with microplastic – a million times more than we thought, suggests new research
A new study finds there could be a million times more tiny plastic pieces in the ocean than we thought, and they might be infiltrating the food chain.
Illegal fishing plagues the Pacific Ocean. Here's how to end it
Illegal fishing undermines economic development, national security, food security and human rights – and nowhere is this more starkly evident than in the Pacific.
How do we end ocean plastic pollution? Go to the source of the problem – dirty rivers
The Ocean Cleanup Foundation is tackling the issue of plastic pollution in the world's oceans by collecting and cleaning waste from major rivers.
Small-scale fisheries are old, driven by tradition and vital for our oceans
Local communities often play outsized and overlooked roles in global fisheries. For example, Senegal and Mexico are both home to small groups who supply fish to locations all around the w...
The solution to fighting climate change could be lurking in our oceans
It is known for being the most efficient method of storing carbon dioxide, but algae is also used to make tennis shoes, metal alternatives and meat-free burgers. This is how it could help...
Global Trade Deal Needed Urgently to Ban Subsidies Threatening Fish Stocks
Sir David Attenborough, the Friends of Ocean Action, the World Economic Forum and WWF send powerful video message as trade delegates meet at the WTO. Watch at https://wef.ch/overfishing.
New Industry-Led Alliance to Clean Up Tuna Supply Chains
A coalition of companies from across global tuna supply chains aims to stop illegally caught tuna getting to market and seeks to boost environmental sustainability and respect for human r...
This chart shows the planet's oceans are getting warmer
Earth's oceans are getting warmer. Climate change has led to higher temperatures earlier than expected and continued global warming will lead to changes in the strength, frequency, spatia...
World Economic Forum and Aker Group Announce Technology Centre for Ocean and Environment
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New Coalition Aims to Make Zero-Emissions Shipping Plain Sailing
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Five ways individuals can help save the oceans
With every choice we make, especially those we put our money behind, we cast our vote for what we care about.
These scientists have mapped the world's oceans - here's what they found
In 83% of the ocean, at least a quarter of the species are threatened and regions like the Mediterranean and Black seas are the most vulnerable, according to a new study.
Act against illegal fishing to boost food security
G20 governments have the chance to close the net on illegal fishing, an enterprise that is fuelling food insecurity, violence and poverty.
Efforts to save the planet must start with the Antarctic
Southern Ocean protection needs to be supercharged to help tackle the climate crisis and biodiversity loss
This is how China can be a friend to ocean conservation
Beijing is at the helm when it comes to shaping what a marine industrial revolution will mean for the health of the seas.
Banks launch green charter to help shipping reduce its carbon footprint
Financial institutions are including climate considerations in lending decisions to incentivize shipping’s decarbonization
If you want to save the ocean, make women part of the solution
Women depend on the ocean for livelihoods as much as men, yet their voices are not heard loudly enough when it comes to solving the crises facing our seas.
Ocean Envoy calls for World Trade Organization members to end harmful fisheries subsidies
UN Secretary-General's Special Envoy for the Ocean Calls for Immediate Action from the World Trade Organization to Eliminate Harmful Fisheries Subsidies
We have the tools to tackle illegal fishing. It’s time to use them
A UN agreement, market action and Fourth Industrial Revolution technologies together offer a new opportunity to crack the problem of illegal fishing.
Why the ocean holds the key to sustainable development
With just 12 years to go before the 2030 deadline for meeting the SDGs, it is clear that the ocean will play a central role. World leaders much act now, writes the Prime Minister of Norwa...
Women’s voices must be heard in the battle to save the ocean
Women depend upon the ocean for the livelihoods just as much as men, yet their voices are not heard loudly enough when it comes to solving the crises facing our seas. It's time to change ...
Can our oceans be saved by following the model of national parks?
Parks on land host some of the world’s most famous conservation successes. The global community should now step up efforts to replicate this success - underwater.
We can save our ocean in three steps - if we act now
The ocean is at a tipping point, and governments have a decision to make: is it business as usual, or can we work together to restore sustainable, clean and productive waters?
90% of fish stocks are used up – fisheries subsidies must stop emptying the ocean
In order to meet the UN's Sustainable Development Goals and secure the livelihoods of millions across the developing world, harmful subsidies to large fleets must end by 2020.
Here are 5 of the biggest threats to our oceans, and how we can solve them
For a healthy planet, we need healthy oceans. Yet they are under threat. The time to act on this is now.