Our Ocean

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The European Union hosts the fourth annual Our Ocean conference in Malta Oct. 4-6, 2017. The conference will bring together global leaders, scientists, community advocates, innovators, and representatives from nongovernmental organizations, including experts from Pew. Those attending the gathering in the Mediterranean island nation will discuss efforts to address illegal fishing, expand marine protections, drive commitments to reduce marine pollution, and support sustainable management of our global ocean and the resources it provides.

This collection of Pew resources covers a range of ocean issues. Among the topics are efforts to end illegal fishing; to encourage creation of large, fully protected marine reserves around the world, including international waters; and to improve the international management of tuna species.

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Illegal Fishing Threatens Far More Than Ocean Health

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In February, the U.S. Coast Guard intercepted a vessel identified as the Lady Michelle on the high seas north of Suriname with 4.2 tons of cocaine—worth an estimated $125 million—concealed on board. A few months earlier, about 200 migrants, who were seeking to enter the European Union illegally, died when their ship capsized in the Mediterranean Sea. And off the coast of Somalia last year, the militant group al-Shabab used ships to transport hundreds of its fighters up and down the East African coast.

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Easter Island Marine Protected Area
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Easter Island Has a New Marine Protected Area

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The near-pristine waters surrounding the Chilean territory of Easter Island, which host a vibrant array of sea life and support a centuries-old local culture, will be home to the world’s newest large marine protected area (MPA). At the International Marine Protected Areas Congress in Valpairaso, Chile, Chilean President Michelle Bachelet announced that her government will designate the Rapa Nui (Easter Island) Rahui MPA, a decision that was supported by the residents of Easter Island by a wide margin in a referendum just before the start of the 4th International Marine Protected Areas Congress.

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