Saving our ocean
To deliver good environmental status these legislative tools need to meet sustainability targets, including sustainably managed fisheries and established marine spatial plans by 2020 and 2021.
Sustainable Development Goal 14: on ‘Life Below Water’ has raised ocean conservation and ocean governance issues onto the international agenda. To successfully implement the targets within the SDG 2030 agenda there, the EU needs to address the budget deficit of 3 trillion USD between the public money available and the estimated cost to ‘leave no one behind’.
Source: Living Planet Report 2016
The Sustainable Blue economyIn 2015 the value of the ocean economy was assessed at over 24 trillion USD. The Blue Economy is growing rapidly, as investors and policy makers turn to the sea for economic opportunities, resources, and prosperity. However, unsustainable economic activity in the ocean poses a great risk to lose the natural capital and resources on which such growth depends.unsustainable economic activity in the ocean poses a great risk to lose the natural capital and resources on which such growth depends.
Raising demands for marine resources are accompanied by weak policy implementation, lack of regulation outside of national jurisdictions, data deficiency, and a single sector approach to ocean management.
What is WWF doing?WWF is working with Member States to ensure environmental coherence in marine spatial plans as well as with the Commission and private sector to develop a set of guidelines and ‘guardrails’ to influence investment decisions and development policy within the maritime sector along the most sustainable blue economy pathways possible.
The EU should make sure it achieves the good environmental status (GES) and sustainable management of fish stocks by 2020. To ensure this we are advocating for:
- better implementation and monitoring of the EU IUU regulation to end illegal, unreported and unregulated (IUU) fishing.
- establishing an ecological coherent network of multiannual management plans for the European Regional Seas;
- increasing investments to collect and assess fisheries data;
- sustainable fishing practices that guarantee the elimination of fish discard, fleet capacity in line with fishing opportunities, and a lower impact on the marine environment;
- increased cooperation and involvement of stakeholders in the management of fisheries to deliver tailored measures and to ensure the right level of stakeholder buy-in and compliance.
More about oceans
WWF preliminary comments on current negotiations to end harmful fisheries subsidies in the WTO
Succeeding in oceans governance
A vision for the healthy Mediterranean
Mediterranean swordfish –WWF recommendations to improve the state of the stock
Securing a sustainable blue economy in the Baltic Sea
Western Indian Ocean economy report