Future food “more likely to be found in oceans than on land”

If the international community can manage fishing more sustainably, then future food is “more likely to be found in oceans than on land."

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Small-scale fisheries are key to “blue growth” of seas and oceans

Small-scale fisheries account for 90 per cent of all jobs in the industry worldwide and their so-called “blue growth” is essential to make fishing more sustainable.

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Ban highlights importance of sea tribunal as legal body commemorates its 20th anniversary

Recalling the renewed focus on seas and oceans, including as illustrated in the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said today that as the global law of the sea continues to grow in relevance, so does its international tribunal.

“Biodegradable” plastics: more harm than help, says new report

Biodegradable plastics are thought by most to be good for the environment, but the opposite may be true.

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Celebrating vital role of seafarers, UN officials encourage young people to consider life of 'real adventure'

On the Day of the Seafarer, the United Nations is issuing a strong call to young people to consider seafaring as a career, including with the UN maritime agency, which could offer them a chance to experience “real adventure” in a workplace that might be a hundred thousand-ton oil tanker or a cargo ship navigating the world's oceans with beautiful landscapes and also a stimulating job in a truly hi-tech environment.

UN officials spotlight vital role of seafarers in global trade, transport

Seaborne trade is the engine room of the global economy, senior United Nations officials declared today, marking the Day of the Seafarer by calling on people everywhere to recognize the seafarers who, with quiet dedication, keep the wheels of the world in motion.

UN General Assembly set to explore impacts of ocean acidification

The United Nations General Assembly will begin today its consideration of the impacts that the increasing acidification of the world's oceans will have on the marine environment and on people.

At General Assembly, Ban calls for universal commitment to ‘constitution of the oceans’

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today marked the 30th anniversary of the launch of the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS) by calling for a collective global effort to have all nations commit to the treaty, which is often called the “constitution for the oceans.”

On World Oceans Day, Ban urges countries to protect marine environment

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today urged countries to boost their efforts to protect the world’s oceans, which are threatened by overfishing, toxic waste, and climate change.

UN official stresses importance of ocean treaty in governing use of seas

The United Nations legal chief has stressed the importance of the global treaty governing the use of oceans and their resources and urged States that have not ratified it to do so this year, which marks the 30th anniversary of the opening for signature of the convention.