Global Ocean Commission Calls for Sweeping International Reforms

Global Ocean Commission Calls for Sweeping International Reforms

The report released Tuesday by the Global Ocean Commission recommends that the United Nations and national governments restrict fishing in international waters, eliminate fishing subsidies, step up the fight against illegal fishing, reduce pollution, and establish greater international cooperation on marine issues.

Nations must “intervene to reduce degradation of the ocean, and it must be forceful,” commission co-chair Trevor Manuel tells National Geographic.

The independent, 17-member commission—launched in February 2013 by the Pew Charitable Trusts, the University of Oxford, Adessium Foundation, and Oceans 5—spent 18 months researching and drafting the report.

The commission’s conclusions have been widely anticipated by policymakers at the UN and in many nations, in part due to the political clout of the commissioners. Members include Carol Browner, the former head of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency; David Miliband, the former foreign secretary of the United Kingdom; and Paul Martin, a former prime minister of Canada.

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