Building Back Better From Coast To Coast

Building Back Better From Coast To Coast

By Eric Schwaab, Senior Vice President, Environmental Defense Fund These are challenging times for our oceans and fisheries. Climate impacts, so evident along our coasts, in our forests, and on our farms, are even more disruptive to our oceans. Fish stocks are shifting at unprecedented rates and in unexpected ways. Fishermen are traveling farther to […]

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Protecting 5% More of the Ocean Yields 20% More Fish For Food

Protecting 5% More of the Ocean Yields 20% More Fish For Food

A new study published this week in the Proceedings of the National Academies of Sciences proves that protecting an additional 5% of the world’s ocean area leads to an increase of 20% more fish for fishermen to catch and thus much more food for people to eat.

Why This Matters:  Right now only 2.5% of the ocean is fully protected, but the goal is 30% protected by 2030.

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House Dems Introduce Ocean-Based Climate Solutions Act

House Dems Introduce Ocean-Based Climate Solutions Act

Yesterday at a virtual press conference, House Natural Resources Committee Chair Raúl M. Grijalva (D-Ariz.) unveiled his Ocean-Based Climate Solutions Act along with co-lead, House Select Committee on the Climate Crisis Chair Kathy Castor. In Grijalva’s own words, the bill aims to provide a roadmap for ocean and coastal climate resilience, and responsibly uses them […]

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Mauritius Scrambling to Save Wildlife and Its Tourism Industry After Devastating Oil Spill

Mauritius Scrambling to Save Wildlife and Its Tourism Industry After Devastating Oil Spill

On Saturday, the Japanese oil tanker Wakashio that ran aground three weeks ago off the coast of the island of Mauritius broke in half. The Panama-flagged vessel was traveling from China to Brazil with no cargo, but it was carrying more than 4,000 tons of heavy fuel oil and diesel, of which between 800 and 1,200 tons have already spilled. 

Why This Matters:  It is unbelievably challenging to clean up an oil spill of this magnitude — just ask anyone who stood on the beaches in Louisiana mopping up oil after the Deepwater Horizon spill.

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One Cool Thing: A Growing Wave of Ocean Innovation click button

One Cool Thing: A Growing Wave of Ocean Innovation

We like to highlight the truly wonderful things happening in conservation during these difficult times, and opportunities are growing to create innovative solutions to solve the ocean’s biggest and toughest challenges.  The Ocean Solutions Accelerator is a great way to get both access to funders and experienced entrepreneurs who can help young people with great […]

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Interview of the Week: Virginijus Sinkevičius, European Commissioner for Environment, Oceans and Fisheries

Interview of the Week: Virginijus Sinkevičius, European Commissioner for Environment, Oceans and Fisheries

ODP: You have just taken over as Europe’s Commissioner for the Environment, Oceans and Fisheries. Tell us how you became interested in conservation and how you have reached such an important position so early in your career? VS:  As I was Minister of Economy and Innovation in Lithuania, naturally, I was expecting rather a portfolio […]

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