2016 Our Ocean Conference

2016 Our Ocean Conference
Our Ocean Conference 2016© Alasdair Harris/Blue Ventures Conservation

This collection of resources covers a range of ocean issues, from the push to establish significant marine reserves around the world to efforts to end illegal fishing.

Secretary of State John Kerry will host the third annual Our Ocean conference in Washington from Sept. 15 to 16. Global leaders, scientists, entrepreneurs, innovators, and representatives from nongovernmental organizations will discuss the major challenges facing the world’s oceans and how to address them. The conference will focus on marine protected areas, sustainable fisheries, marine pollution, and climate-related impacts on the ocean. The goal of the conference is to inspire conversations that lead to solutions that protect and conserve our oceans and their resources.

This collection of resources covers a range of ocean issues, from the push to establish significant marine reserves around the world to efforts to end illegal fishing. It also highlights Pew’s Project Eyes on the Seas, a technology platform that combines satellite monitoring and imagery data to help authorities detect suspicious fishing activity.

Pitcairn Islands
Pitcairn Islands
Press Releases & Statements

U.K Designates Pitcairn Islands Marine Reserve

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LONDON—The Pew Charitable Trusts joins the Pitcairn Island Council in praising Her Majesty’s government for today’s designation of 320,465 square miles (approximately 830,000 square kilometres) as a marine reserve in the remote waters surrounding the Pitcairn Islands in the South Pacific Ocean.

Dumbo octopus
Dumbo octopus
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Pew Applauds Creation of First Marine National Monument in the U.S. Atlantic Ocean

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WASHINGTON—President Barack Obama announced today the designation of the first marine national monument in the U.S. Atlantic Ocean—the 4,913-square-mile (12,696-square-kilometer) Northeast Canyons and Seamounts Marine National Monument. The monument, which begins about 150 miles off the New England coastline, is an unusually diverse and productive environment. It contains three submerged canyons, one of them deeper than the Grand Canyon, and four underwater mountains. It is home to a vast array of marine life including corals, whales and seabirds.  

Additional Resources

Project Eyes on the Seas - Virtual Watch Room
Fighting Illegal Fishing With New Satellite Tech
5min 34sec