Nine of the largest fishing enterprises in the world have launched a collaborative program to save the oceans, by reducing pollution, over-fishing and slave labor.
In 2015, a number of countries around the globe collaborated with the United Nations to establish an action plan between 2015 and 2030 and aims to achieve objectives in 17 different categories, for example the fight against poverty, against inequalities and life on Earth, including in the sea.
Category 14, named "Life underwater," presents 14 key aspects for the defense of marine life in the short and long terms, for example:
- By 2025, prevent and significantly reduce marine pollution of all kinds,
- By 2020, sustainably manage and protect marine and coastal ecosystems
- Minimize and address the impacts of ocean acidification, including through enhanced scientific cooperation at all levels
- By 2020, effectively regulate harvesting and end overfishing, illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing and destructive fishing practices and implement science-based management plans.
However, since the plan was put into place two years ago, efforts have been minimal, which is what pushed the nine largest fishing organizations to work together to achieve these objectives within the deadline.
These enterprises, who alone make over 30 billion dollars per year, are committed to removing any fish sources which could come from suspected illegal fishing, including fishing over the quotas and using unauthorized materials or putting endangered species in danger.
Representatives for the companies explained to The Guardian:
We will work towards full traceability and transparency throughout our supply chains. We also pledge to work actively together with governments to improve existing regulations for fisheries, for aquaculture, and for the ocean.
According to another article from The Guardian, illegal fishing represents close to 50% of the industry, or about 26 million tons.
To fight against this illegal commerce, around 30 countries, including the United States, South Korea and most of the European Union, have already ratified an accord called Port State Measures Agreement (PSMA), which fights illegal fishing and reinforces regulations at port.
To find out more about the "Sustainable Development" program of the United Nations, click here.
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