Maritime industry loses an estimated €235 million a year from marine plastic debris, while the fishing sector loses close to €138 million per year from plastic pollution, said WWF in a new report. The report reveals that maritime trade and fisheries are responsible for 20% of plastics at sea.
WWF Norway collaborated with the scientific whale project ‘Arctic Whale’, aiming to share knowledge on plastic pollution in the Arctic with the public. Arctic Whale will conduct an Arctic roundtrip from May to July 2019, with WWF contributing with their expertise on plastic pollution and the Arctic area.
Responding to scientific advice that several important Baltic fish populations cannot be fished sustainably, four non-governmental organisations have demanded a halt to fishing for overfishing in the Baltic. Coalition Clean Baltic, Oceana, Our Fish and WWF urged the European Commission to not exceed the scientific advice provided by the International Council for the Exploration of the Sea (ICES) when setting all fishing limits in the Baltic Sea.
WWF published the report ‘Living Planet’ in which it reports that wildlife populations have decreased by 60%, in a span of 40 years. It states that this generation is the first that knows people are destroying the environment and the last one that can do something to reverse it.
WWF released the report “Out of the plastic trap: saving the Mediterranean from plastic pollution.” In the report WWF says that plastic represents 95% of the waste floating in the Mediterranean and lying on its beaches, and presents ways to reduce plastic. Excessive plastic use and poor waste management are affecting the Mediterranean.
The short film, released by WWF Australia, focuses on a specific aspect of how plastic pollution is having a detrimental affect on the world’s marine species. For endangered green sea turtle hatchlings, ocean plastics now stand in their way from reaching the ocean, making them even more vulnerable to predators.
WWF-Canada released a new guide designed to help mariners in the eastern Arctic identify and avoid marine mammals. The guide recommends what to do in Arctic waters in order not to affect the animals, as well as maps of the most concerning areas. Passing ships can often drive marine mammals away from their usual habitat.
In response to the US Bureau of Ocean Energy Management’s call for nominations covering a proposed lease sale in Alaska’s Beaufort Sea, WWF warned that any step to expose America’s Arctic Ocean to offshore drilling, threatens the region’s marine wildlife and coastal communities, as well as the ecological future of the Arctic itself.
Leading environmental organisations and global shipping industry players have called for an explicit prohibition on the carriage of non-compliant marine fuels when the 2020 sulphur cap takes effect. In a joint statement, they assert that a carriage ban will help ensure robust, simplified and consistent enforcement of the global sulphur cap.
Environmental organisation WWF and its partners have introduced revolutionary blockchain technology to the Pacific Islands’ tuna industry, the first of its kind for this region, to help stamp out illegal fishing and human rights abuses.
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