World Oceans Day 2014 - Saving Our Fisheries, Protecting Our Oceans





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Published on Jun 8, 2014

More than 4.5 million tons of tuna are caught each year as part of a $5 billion industry that is an economic lifeline for Pacific island countries. But for how much longer?

The race is on to see if technology can also help save a commodity that is a way of life for so many. Harvest rates have been increasing dramatically over the last decade, placing pressure on a resource that is vital as a food source and an important means of livelihood.

Technology is but one part of the tuna picture. UNDP and the Global Environment Facility (GEF) continue to make significant investments to improve fisheries management.

"Overfishing is just one of several challenges to long-term sustainability of the global ocean," says Andrew Hudson, UNDP's Oceans Management expert. "Other threats include pollution, invasive aquatic species, habitat loss, and ocean acidification due to the build up of fossil fuel carbon dioxide in the oceans. UNDP is working on each of these issues at multiple levels with many partners as part of a global effort to restore and protect ocean resources," he says.

"Perhaps nowhere else on earth are fisheries more important to the food security and livelihoods of a region than in the Pacific Islands. For over 15 years, UNDP has been supporting efforts by the 14 Pacific Island countries to sustainably manage these resources vital to the social and economic development of the island communities", says Haoliang Xu, UNDP Director for Asia and the Pacific.


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