The latest news, comment and analysis from the Friends of Ocean Action, leaders who are fast-tracking solutions for a healthy ocean.
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...
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...
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.