The latest news, comment and analysis from the Friends of Ocean Action, leaders who are fast-tracking solutions for a healthy ocean.
The start-up that believes seaweed can change the world
Oceanium's biorefinery technology can turn sustainably farmed seaweed into food and packaging, fighting food insecurity and aiding a low-carbon economy.
Can ocean health lead to wealth? Our latest House on Fire podcast tackles blue finance
Our latest House on Fire podcast looks at marine conservation and the huge economic and environmental opportunities it offers.
Whale road: how to keep marine mammals safe from speeding ships - House on Fire podcast
Whales are dying in their thousands due to strikes by container vessels. We talk to the experts fighting back, with feeding forecasts, speed controls and sonic sensors.
We have a shared responsibility for bringing our seafarers home
Restrictions imposed due to the pandemic have had the unintended consequence of keeping seafarers away from home for months. The industry demands action.
The Oceanbird: Swedish firm develops largest wind-driven cargo shop
A huge, wind-driven cargo ship could help end the fossil fuel era and curb climate change, its designers in Sweden say. The ship will be 200m long and carry 7,000 cars.
Missed deadline to end harmful subsidies will drive more overfishing: leaders must urgently push for action early in 2021, says UN ocean envoy
Negotiators at the World Trade Organization have signalled that in spite of best endeavours, they will be not be able to meet the 2020 deadline for ending harmful fisheries subsidies that...
5 critical things we need to do to protect our ocean
14 world leaders of the High Level Panel for a Sustainable Ocean Economy are laying out a new action agenda to help protect the ocean.
From arm-sized worms to the Screaming Sixties, this is everything to know about the Southern Ocean
The Southern Ocean, also called the Antarctic Ocean, is like no other. Difficult to study, but rich in life, here's a rundown of what you need to know.
The mighty Pacific Ocean is in peril - this is why
Human activity such as overfishing, climate change and plastic is having a huge impact on the Pacific Ocean, killing millions of sea creatures every year.
Here's how fishing stifles the ocean's ability to capture carbon
When fish die naturally, their bodies and the carbon they contain sink to the depths of the ocean. Yet when fished, this carbon is released into the atmosphere as CO2.
Our ocean floor remains largely undiscovered - these are the countries changing that
Despite our knowledge of the land we live on and the technology available to us, very little of the ocean floor has actually been put on a map.
Overfishing is a social injustice. To end it, we need to eliminate harmful fisheries subsidies.
Overfishing is a social injustice. To end it, we need to eliminate the harmful fisheries subsidies that are overexploiting the ocean's resources.
High-tech for the high seas: How the digital wave can help sustainable fisheries
Data and digital technologies like blockchain can play a big role in supporting aquaculture. Innovative solutions can help all levels of the supply chain.
The ocean is changing faster than ever. Investing in nature can help protect it
Climate change's impact on the ocean threatens the lives of billions of people and could result in massive future costs - but investing in nature can help.
Saving the ocean must be part of the Race to Zero
Helen Ågren, Sweden’s Ambassador for the Ocean, wants the world to save the ocean from climate change and use it to tackle the causes of the problem.
Why our ocean could hold the best solutions to climate change
Climate change has taken a toll on our ocean. But effective solutions to the climate challenges faced on land and at sea could be found within their waters
How building with nature can lead a green recovery for our coasts
How using natural solutions in coastal areas to mitigate and adapt to climate change can build community resilience, lower costs and restore ecoystems
Expanding marine protected areas could boost fish yields – but there's a catch
Marine protected areas - or MPAs - can serve as important tools to conserve marine habitats, manage fisheries sustainably and make food supplies more secure.
Where’s the sea ice? 3 reasons the Arctic freeze is unseasonably late and why it matters
Global warming, highlighted by the Siberian heatwave in June, has meant that much of the Arctic's sea ice hasn't formed. This can cause a cycle of more melting sea ice.
This is how much plastic scientists now think is at the bottom of the ocean
Research in Australia suggests that the amount of plastic on the seabed is many times higher than estimates from previous studies.
Can the growth of aquaculture help restore the health of our ocean?
Aquaculture - the practice of farming food in water - is expanding rapidly. Can we create a future where the industry contributes positively to ocean health?
Arctic Ocean: why winter sea ice has stalled, and what it means for the rest of the world
Multi-year ice helps reflect the sun's rays, reducing the rate of global warming. However, these ice sheets are rapidly disappearing, releasing CO2 and raising sea levels.
Here's how we can reduce emissions from the shipping industry
Nearly 80% of the world's trade is transported by shipping, resulting in the emission of over one billion tons of greenhouse gases annually.
Finding ‘breathable’ seas may get tough for marine critters
Since warmer waters will harbour less oxygen, some stretches of ocean that are habitable today may not be in the future.
WTO urged to end harmful fisheries subsidies as new film shows devastating consequences
Subsidized industrial fishing fleets are decimating marine ecosystems, with extreme impacts on the livelihoods and food security of small-scale fishing communities, a new film from the En...
3 ways we could store carbon in the ocean - without harming it
The ocean could help us reduce global temperature rise, by capturing and storing carbon through biological, chemical and electrochemical approaches.
New research shows the Atlantic Ocean just had its hottest decade in 3000 years
This past decade has been the Atlantic Ocean’s warmest in three thousand years, according Massachusetts Amherst University and Quebec University.
‘Secret rainforests’ have been discovered deep in our oceans. Here’s what that could mean
More than 116 coral reefs have been found deep beneath the high seas that lie outside any country's jurisdiction. They need protecting, but there's a pandemic in the way.
5 economic opportunities for a sustainable ocean economy
Supporting the ocean economy has significant benefits, with every $1 invested returning $5, according to analysis. Here are 5 ocean priorities for the COVID-19 recovery.
Just how much is the Earth heating up?
Data from NASA shows the Earth gradually heating up since the 1880s. Scientists are projecting that 2020 will become the second-hottest year ever recorded.
These industry leaders are calling for a carbon levy on shipping fuel - here’s why
Reducing shipping emissions is a vital to fighting climate change, yet greenhouse gas emissions from the maritime sector are increasing, but carbon levies could hold the key.
The impact of rising sea levels on mass migration
The idea that rising seas will force millions to move, unleashing a refugee crisis like no other, has now become commonplace, but it could be an oversimplification.
These 5 innovators are turning the tide on plastic pollution
Here are five entrepreneurs and their respective businesses that are looking to battle the plastic pollution pandemic by extending their usage around the world.
'Net-zero' emissions: What is it and why does it matter so much?
Countries, cities and businesses are aiming for 'net-zero' emissions - where any human-produced carbon dioxide or other climate-changing emissions are removed from the atmosphere.
Arctic sea ice shrinks to second-lowest 'summer minimum' on record
This year, the Arctic sea ice has reached its second lowest 'summer minimum' on record, according to data from the National Snow and Ice Data Center (NSIDC).
Less talk, more action: 5 things the most successful partnerships share
Public-private collaborations are key to achieving the Great Reset and meeting SDG targets. Partnerships achieving the most impact share five elements.
Jane Goodall: The window of time to find climate change solutions is closing
Embrace solutions such as solar and wind energy or the future could become 'very dark', says the renowned primatologist.
4 challenges we need to solve to protect our ocean
The integrity of ocean ecosystems is threatened by climate change, pollution and overfishing. A new sprint is looking for innovative solutions to address some of the key challenges.
The ocean's chemistry isn't the same everywhere - this is what it means for marine life
A new study by the University of Santa Barbara overturns a 130-year-old assumption about the chemistry of ocean water. Here's why it's important.
These surfers are using sensors in their board fins to monitor ocean warming
Surfers around the world are using Smartfins to gather data about the health of oceans. Smartfins are fixed to the tail of surfboards and contain a number of sensors.
Paint: the big source of ocean microplastics you didn’t know about
The volume of microplastics from paint on steel surfaces that enters the ocean every year could be equivalent to 150-225 billion empty plastic bottles.
This small area of seagrass in Wales could be a big deal in the battle against climate change
Seagrass meadows are also important to biodiversity – but they’re one of the most threatened ecosystems on Earth.
Atlantic ocean holds 10x more plastic pollution than previously believed, new study finds
The amount of plastic in the ocean has been 'massively underestimated', according to a National Oceanography Centre study.
This new technology could change how we study ocean life
A new microscope, developed at Stanford University, offers for the first time a way to track and measure sea plankton's behaviors and molecular processes.
Half of all tourism happens on the coast, so what lies ahead as sea levels rise?
In the next 80 years, sea levels are expected to rise by around 2 meters. With around half of all tourism taking place in coastal areas, there are major implications for the industry to c...
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...
Deep-sea minerals could meet the demands of battery supply chains – but should they?
Deep-sea mining has attracted controversy due to concerns of potential damage to delicate ecosystems before scientists have had chance to assess what is at stake.
11 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.
Envisioning a blue recovery
Erna Solberg, Norweigan PM and Tommy Remengesau, Jr, President of Palau, discuss the essential role the ocean plays in creating a sustainable and prosperous global 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...
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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.
Saving the ocean must be part of the Race to Zero
Helen Ågren, Sweden’s Ambassador for the Ocean, wants the world to save the ocean from climate change and use it to tackle the causes of the problem.