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Oceans provide a home to someknown species and perhaps a million more yet to be identified. Countless millions of people depend directly on seas and oceans for food, employment and income.
Yet today, the ecological and economic security of our oceans is under threat — they are becoming warmer, more acidic, more polluted and massively over-fished.
Vulnerable, often poorer, coastal communities suffer the worst consequences of this over-exploitation of fish stocks and the misuse and degradation of marine environments. Now, science clearly tells us that climate change poses a damning threat to the fundamental building blocks of marine life.
Illegal transhipment at in sea in Guinea. The Environmental Justice Foundation EJF is working to investigate and expose environmental problems and their associated human rights abuses.
We lead high-level advocacy to combat illegal fishing, human trafficking and slavery in global fisheries, and work directly with coastal communities building their own capacity to protect the marine resources they depend on. Female leatherback turtle making its way back to the sea.
This kind of unselective fishing in ecologically important and fragile coastal waters is decimating fish stocks. Ninety percent of vessels documented by EJF in West Africa are bottom trawlerswhich drag heavy trawl equipment along the seabed, damaging the habitat and creating high levels of by-catch: Time to end the worst fishing practices: Bottom trawling is responsible for as much as half of all discarded fish and marine life.
Such methods cannot be justified. In Sierra Leone, fish represents over 60 percent of all animal protein consumed in the country — without the resource, people will go hungry, some will starve. EJF is witness to similar trends across West Africa.
The network connects local activists and artisanal fisher communities with our remote, satellite monitoring technologies enabling us to document and identify fishing boats suspected of illegal fishing.
This approach linking grassroots research and investigations with remote vessel tracking and high-level advocacy is being replicated by EJF in Ghana, in collaboration with Hen Mpoano, a local Ghanaian organisation.
To help break this cycle, EJF and Hen Mpoano are piloting a smartphone application that will allow artisanal fishers to document illegal activities and provide crucial evidence for enforcement agencies.
We are also building the capacity of artisanal fishers to make their needs and concerns heard in national decision-making processes, and to secure recognition of traditional enforcement mechanisms in national law.
This is combined with advocacy, to achieve ambitious fisheries reforms, including putting an end to destructive practices, dramatically reducing the number of licences for the industrial trawl fleet, and implementing fisheries restrictions that are informed by robust scientific evidence.
By doing so, we hope to usher in true sustainability and equity in the sharing of these invaluable and irreplaceable resources. EJF believes the environment and its protection should be central to all our efforts to eradicate poverty and support long-term development.
It is no exaggeration to say that fishing is a lifeline to hundreds of millions of people around the world. Nor is it an exaggeration to say that the future of this source of food and income is at risk of total collapse.
With one in six people dependent on fish as their main source of animal protein and over 90 percent of global fish stocks believed to be over-exploited or fully exploitedthe need for meaningful action could not be more urgent. SDG 14 was specifically designed to deliver the results the world needs.
EJF is supporting grassroots education and community leaders to protect marine turtles in West Africa. EJF indicators point to continued global deterioration of coastal waters as a consequence of overfishing, agricultural runoff and eutrophication, ocean acidification and a spiralling volume of devastating plastic pollution.
This plastic is now found ingested by creatures at the very base of marine ecosystems, just as it chokes large charismatic animals such as cetaceans whales and dolphinsturtles and seabirds.
To combat these challenges and meet the key SDG 14 indicator: As it is now clear that marine habitats and species play a key role in the ocean carbon cycle — both as biological carbon sinks absorbing CO2 emissions and blue carbon stores — it is evident that establishment of vastly larger and more representative networks of Marine Protected Areas MPAsboth in national territorial waters and on the high seas is an urgent priority.
SDG 14 calls for a minimum of 10 percent of coastal and marine areas to be protected by and while some progress has been made toward this target, EJF argues that much more must be done.Polluters will continue to write the laws and our public health will suffer the consequences. Unless we do something about it.
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