healthy oceans

DeepGrean responds to Greenpeace’s report on deep sea mining

DeepGrean, a deep sea mining company, responded to Greenpeace’s report on deep sea mining and its harmful effects in the environment. The company although supports a part of the report, it cites some arguments regarding its point of view on the benefits arising from deep sea mining procedures.

GPS tracker helps collect 40 tonnes of plastic in Pacific Ocean

Sea pollution is increasing rapidly as ghost nets and plastic are seen travelling through the world’s oceans. Marine debris is hazardous not only for the the people making a living by the oceans, but also for the marine life. To save the oceans a California-based cargo ship named ‘Kwai’ collected 40 tonnes of plastics from the Great Pacific Garbage Patch and docked in a Konolulu, Hawaii Harbour. 

UN Sec-Gen: Plastic waste will surpass the number of fish in oceans

The UN Secretary General, António Guterres, called the shipping industry for solutions concerning oceans’ pollution, as he quoted that the plastic waste that exists in the oceans, will surpass the number of fish that live in them, addressing the emergency state the oceans are in. The discussions that were focused on how to deal with plastic debris and oceans’ pollution were conducted during an event, part of June’s G7 meeting in Canada. 

EU, Canada agree on ocean partnership plan

EU and Canada entered into an agreement aiming to tackle illegal, unreported and unregulated (IUU) fisheries, marine pollution and climate change. The agreement will enable the easy implementation of the 3030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, mostly focusing on Goal 14, while also will facilitate the sustainable development of marine and maritime sectors. 

Sea bed mining plans should slow down, report says

Deep sea mining seems to be in the spotlight; Yet, there is no detailed information on its potential impacts. Thus, companies and their investors are supported by governors and programs that are in favour of developing a ‘responsible’ sea bed mining regulations. The report ‘Why the Rush’ supports that deep sea mining will be another weight on the already polluted oceans. 

Plastic entanglement poses great risks to sharks and rays, study says

According to a study conducted by the University of Exeter scientists, hundreds of sharks and rays have become tangled in plastic waste in the world’s oceans. The study highlights that more than 1,000 species have been found entangled and it is said that the number is to be far higher.

UN launches draft of New, Legally Binding UN Law of the Sea Regulations

The UN launched the Draft of New, Legally Binding U.N. Law of the Sea Regulations. WOC has been part of the Biodiversity Beyond National Jurisdiction (BBNJ) process from the time it ensured that the ocean business community is present and interested in developing the most crucial new legal regime for the ocean since the establishment of the U.N. Law of the Sea.

Overfishing threats more the ocean than plastics

Broadcaster and naturalist Sir David Attenborough highlighted that industrial overfishing is more dangerous to the ocean than plastic. According to World Economic Forum, if the ocean was an economy, it would be the seventh largest globally. Yet, instead of protecting it, humans jeopardise its future. 

Market sees charging cables made from ghost fishing nets

The Swedish company Le Cord launched a collection of Apple-certified charging cables, for specifically iPhones, which were made from ghost fishing nets. According to the company, these are the world’s only Apple MFI certified charge and sync cable made of recycled ocean fishing net plastics. 

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