Advancing Solutions Around the World
The biggest threats facing the ocean like climate change, unsustainable seafood production and plastic pollution are global. So are the solutions. Now more than ever, we're building bridges across borders, raising our voice around the world on behalf of the ocean. Here are some of the key places we made a splash in 2017.
Nurturing Japan's Sustainable Seafood Movement
Our colleagues in Japan invited Aquarium experts to join hands across the Pacific for a healthier shared ocean. Aquarium researchers, policy experts and sustainable seafood advisers have deep relationships with scientists, public officials and businesspeople in Japan. Those ties grew stronger in 2017, as Japan stepped up its international engagement in the sustainable seafood movement. The global community has endorsed the ambitious target of ending overfishing and illegal fishing by 2020, the same year that Tokyo will host the Olympics.
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Calling for Global Action at the UN Ocean Conference
In June, the United Nations hosted its first Ocean Conference a global gathering focused on protecting the marine resources vital to all human survival. The UN's Sustainable Development Goal for the ocean mirrors the Aquarium's own conservation goals. Our experts spoke before UN delegates from around the world on critical topics including seafood sustainability, plastic pollution and ocean acidification. At the conclusion of the conference, all 193 UN member nations unanimously adopted a call "to act decisively and urgently [for ocean health], convinced that our collective action will make a meaningful difference to our people, to our planet and to our prosperity."
Sharing the U.S. Model for Sustainable Fishery Management
As the United Kingdom prepares to leave the European Union, it faces the challenge of creating its own federal fishery management law. In November, Aquarium Chief Conservation Officer Margaret Spring was invited to present to representatives of British fishing, government and environmental groups. Margaret described how science-based management has helped the United States build some of the most sustainable federally managed fisheries in the world—a successful model for our British colleagues to consider.
Making a Splash at the "Our Ocean" Conference
Each year, delegates from around the world gather at the "Our Ocean" conference, and pledge meaningful actions to protect the health of the global ocean. In 2017, they convened in Malta, where the Aquarium made a public commitment to reduce plastic pollution and launched the Southeast Asia Fisheries and Aquaculture Initiative with former U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry.
Marching for Science
At the March for Science—in Silicon Valley and around the world—we stood up for the power of science to inform policies that protect our global ocean.
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Tracking the Health of Devil Rays
With our colleagues in Ecuador, we’re using electronic tags and genetic testing to study the fate of these graceful mobulids after they’re released from fishing nets.
Overcoming Obstacles to Sustainable Seafood Production
We’re joining with governments and industry in Thailand, Indonesia, Myanmar, Vietnam and the Philippines—mapping a path to seafood production that’s both environmentally and socially sustainable.
Putting Pacific Bluefin Tuna on a Path to Recovery
Pacific nations—influenced by our scientists and policy experts—reached a breakthrough agreement to help the imperiled species rebound to a sustainable level.