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Solution for Governing the World’s Oceans

The Challenge

The significance of our oceans for human life, the world’s climate and biodiversity is immense. Oceans cover more than 71 per cent of the planet’s surface, provide 97 per cent of its water supply, ...

The significance of our oceans for human life, the world’s climate and biodiversity is immense. Oceans cover more than 71 per cent of the planet’s surface, provide 97 per cent of its water supply, and their yet widely unknown biodiversity is unparalleled. They provide jobs and growth, food, energy, and raw materials, and 70 per cent of global trade is handled by ships. Oceans thereby secure the livelihoods of millions of people, especially in coastal regions. But these livelihoods are increasingly endangered by the effects of global warming, by the unrestricted exploitation of the oceans and by the ecological damage the oceans are suffering from overfishing, pollution and noise.

Improve monitoring of fishing activities in the world's oceans

While merchant vessels can be tracked and monitored well today, this is not the case for fishing vessels. International Maritime Organization serial numbers should be introduced for fishing vessels. Port authorities should be given the right to inspect ships for illegal fishing. Censors should be installed to all vessels to improve monitoring.

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