Our Ocean

Date: 2016 Description: Our Ocean 2016 Logo - State Dept Image

The Our Ocean conferences focus on the key ocean issues of our time – marine protected areas, sustainable fisheries, marine pollution, and climate-related impacts on the ocean.

The conferences are visually engaging, inspiring, and interactive events with an unwavering emphasis on commitments for action by participants and other stakeholders around the globe.  Through these conferences we strive to inspire the next generation of leaders, entrepreneurs, scientists, and civil society to identify solutions and commit to actions to protect and conserve our ocean and its resources.

We look forward to the next Our Ocean conferences, in 2017 hosted by the European Union in Malta, in 2018 in Indonesia, and in 2019 in Norway.


Date: 2015 Description: Still of ''Sustainable Fisheries'' Video. Text Reads: Over 3 billion people rely on our ocean for animal protein - State Dept Image

Date: 2015 Description: Text Reads: The oceans are changing faster than almost any time in earth's history, and we are the agents of that transformation.  - State Dept Image

Date: 2015 Description: Still of ''Sustainable Fisheries'' Video. Text Reads: Over 3 billion people rely on our ocean for animal protein - State Dept Image

Date: 2015 Description: Text Reads: The oceans are changing faster than almost any time in earth's history, and we are the agents of that transformation.  - State Dept Image

Sustainable Fisheries

The ocean faces serious challenges that threaten the sustainability of marine fisheries.  Catches of many types of fish in the ocean are declining while demand continues to increase.  Overfishing harms the ecology of the ocean, while also reducing the long-term potential of fish stocks to provide food and jobs for the future.  Harmful fishing practices have unintended impacts on birds, marine mammals, sea turtles, and non-target fish stocks.  Learn more»

 

Marine Pollution

An estimated 80 per cent of marine pollution originates on land – pollutants that threaten wildlife and the health and safety of humans. Nutrients, coming from sources such as agricultural runoff, sewage and wastewater discharges, create “dead zones” where fish and other marine life cannot thrive. There are an estimated 500 dead zones in the world. Learn more»

Climate Related Impacts on the Ocean 

The Ocean is the largest carbon sink in the world, it helps absorb carbon dioxide from the atmosphere and plays an important role regulating climate and influencing weather patterns.

Ocean-related climate change impacts, including ocean warming, ocean acidification, and sea-level rise threaten the world’s food security, the biodiversity of the ocean, the integrity of coastal areas and even tourism and recreation.  Responses to these threats will require the coordinated action and commitments from governments and individuals from around the globe.

Marine Protected Areas

Marine Protected Areas (MPAs) are safe havens for fish, whales, dolphins, corals, and other treasures of the sea.  Many MPAs serve as living laboratories that – as undisturbed reference sites – are critical to scientific research and discoveries that benefit humankind. MPAs can also boost economic activity by increasing fish stocks’ sustainability and creating new or improved opportunities for tourism.