The Global Ocean Commission recently highlighted the risks that declining ocean health has on global food security.
Three billion people depend on fish to provide at least 20 percent of their animal protein, and more than 500 million people would be deprived of their primary source of protein if fish stocks around the world continue to decline.
Climate change and overfishing are two of the biggest factors contributing to this potential food security crisis. Climate change has led to ocean acidification and warming waters, which are contributing to an overall decline in ocean health. It’s also pushing fish stocks further north, altering fisheries and food supplies in tropical regions.
“Ocean acidification and warming temperatures are hugely complex, long-term problems,” Global Ocean Commission co-chair José María Figueres said in a news release. “But overfishing is something that we can tackle right now, with tools already at our disposal.”
That’s why this week, the Commissioners agreed on a package of proposals for ocean restoration and governance reform that will be presented to the United Nations in June. They have prioritized several issues that require prompt action, including overfishing and illegal fishing, fishing subsidies and more.
“We’ve agreed an ocean rescue package,” said David Miliband, Global Ocean Commission co-chair. “Now we need governments, business and civil society to join us in implementing it. We know what needs to be done but we can’t do it alone.”
To learn more, read the full news release: Declining ocean health threatens food security.
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