Results from the Global Oceans Action Summit for Food Security and Blue Growth

The Global Oceans Action Summit for Food Security and Blue Growth proofs to me that governments are able to improve the situation, as well that multiple countries (80!) can work together on such important and difficult issue. This summit took recently place in The Hague, The Netherlands, from 22 to 25 April 2014

This are the (main) results:

  • The only way to end the war of attrition at sea is to stop overfishing and to eliminate overcapacity

  • From now on, subsidies should be used for sustainable fisheries only;

  • Illegal fisheries must be banned, and we need regional agreements with businesses to achieve this;

  • Accelerating ratification of agreed mechanisms for improved fisheries practices to make the fisheries sector more sustainable, and tackling pollution;

  • A stronger recognition of the impact of climate change on the oceans is crucial;

  • The oceans must be a special focus in the United Nations Sustainability Objectives.

Quite good isn’t? Three important topics can be found here and there in the press release:

We will need to take unorthodox steps to tackle overfishing, climate change and pollution of the oceans.

I think it is great that governments linking these important issues, understanding the threat for humans (ourselves), and taking action together. The big question is what milestones will be achieved in the coming period. From my experience it is easier to make plans than execute them. Hopefully all the participants will show their best side by fighting these very important issues with passion.

What do you think? Are you happy with this achievement? Do you think it is the right step forward or what else people should do?

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