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John Kerry played a key role in negotiations leading to the designation of the Ross Sea Region marine protected area, the largest protected area in the world. Source: The Pew Charitable Trusts

Pew shares insights from an event highlighting the importance of Ross Sea protected area to species and research

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Mineral resources from the marine realm include near-coastal occurrences of phosphorites, sand, gravel and heavy mineral enrichments, many of which are already being actively mined today, and the resources of the deep sea, which form the primary focus of marine resource exploration activities at the Bundesanstalt für Geowissenschaften und Rohstoffe (BGR). Such resources, which in part are found in international waters, offer countries which are poor in metallic raw deposits the opportunity to acquire exploration licenses from the International Seabed Authority (ISA) of the United Nations. These could pass into exploitation licenses at a later stage. Image courtesy of BGR.

On 26 February 2018, the Secretary-General of the International Seabed Authority (ISA) presented its Draft Strategic Plan for the period 2019-2023. In particular, the plan details how ISA’s plans fit into the United Nations new sustainable development agenda and goals. Of most relevance to the ISA is sustainable development goal fourteen (SDG14) – Conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources for sustainable development.

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PEW’s Andrew Clayton describes how the EU isseeking thebest path to achieving common fisheries policy goals

With overfishing stilla major concern in many European Union waters, fisheries ministers, industry leaders, and other stakeholders are discussing ways to meet the goals set out in the EU Common Fisheries Policy (CFP), such as accelerating how quickly fisheries ministers set catch limits in line with scientific advice.

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Seaweeds and seagrasses have potential to mitigate some effects of ocean acidification, according to a new report presented to the California state legislature earlier this month. California Sea Grant Extension Specialist Joe Tyburczy, who is based at Humboldt State University in Humboldt, California, served on the working group that wrote the report.

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Today (March 8) at The Economist World Ocean Summit in Cancún-Playa del Carmen, Mexico, the Sustainable Blue Economy Finance Principles were unveiled. The Principles were developed through a broad consultation led by the European Commission, WWF, the Prince of Wales’s International Sustainability Unit and the European Investment Bank (EIB). If widely adopted, these principles could help transform the way in which humanity manages ocean resources; showing how profitability can go hand-in-hand with environmental and social stewardship.

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Rescue ships douse the fire on the tanker Sanchi on January 10, four days after it collided with a Hong Kong-registered freighter off China's eastern coast. Photo: EPA-EFE/Transport Ministry of China.

According to a maritime policy analyst focused on Asia, territorial disputes between China and Japan delayed the response to the massive Sanchi oil spill and could worsen the already considerable environmental impact of the spill.

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