How to tackle the lawless oceans?


When it comes to fishing, most of the ocean is lawless. Fish in the high seas — the half of the world’s oceans which do not fall under the boundaries of any nation — are being plundered relentlessly by fishing fleets that observe virtually no fish conservation rules.

The World Ocean Council (WOC) will convene a Business Forum on Ocean Policy and Planning to address the need for the ocean business community to be more informed and proactively involved in marine policy and planning activities affecting ocean economic activity.

The WOC Business Forum on Ocean Policy and Planning (28-30 September, 2014, New York City) will bring together representatives of oil and gas, shipping, seafood, fisheries, aquaculture, mining, renewable energy, ocean science and technology, maritime law, marine environmental services and other sectors of the diverse ocean business community.

Critical ocean policy arenas in debate include UN negotiations on a new “Implementing Agreement” for the Law of the Sea, the UN Biodiversity in Areas Beyond National Jurisdiction (BBNJ) discussions, the UN Sustainable Development Goals development, and the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD).

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