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Sustainable blue economy
As a member of the Community of Ocean Action, you can contribute in several ways.

Register Voluntary Commitments
The Ocean Conference Registry of Voluntary Commitments remains open for all stakeholders to register their ocean action. We encourage all to stakeholders to register their ocean action to show their commitment to SDG 14.

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All stakeholders with a registered Voluntary Commitment are welcome to share their progress of its implementation on an ongoing basis. Updates will be featured on this page and in the Ocean Action monthly newsletter.

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All members of the Community Ocean Action can share their expertise, knowledge, best practices and respond to questions in the Knowledge Forum
The Communities of Ocean Action are open to anyone with a registered Voluntary Commitment in the Ocean Conference Registry of Voluntary Commitments.

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Sustainable blue economy

The oceans are central to sustainable development globally, and particularly for Small Island developing States (SIDS) and coastal least developed countries (LDCs). They provide a wide array of social and economic benefits to LDCs and SIDS, including from small-scale, artisanal fisheries, while also being tightly linked to their culture. Small-scale artisanal fishers are a fundamental part of SIDS and coastal LDC societies, but they can also be found in developed and other developing countries. Estimates suggest that workers involved in small-scale fisheries comprise over 90 percent of people employed globally in capture fisheries and related activities, and produce approximately half of the global catch. An ocean-based blue economy can include diverse components, from established ocean industries, such as fisheries, tourism and maritime transport, to emerging and new activities, such as offshore renewable energy, aquaculture, deep seabed extractive activities (where sustainable), and marine biotechnology. The mix of activities will depend on each country’s unique national circumstances, but will go beyond business as usual by providing social and economic benefits for current and future generations; restoring, protecting and maintaining the diversity, productivity, resilience, core functions, and intrinsic value of marine ecosystems; and being based on clean technologies, renewable energy, and circular material flows.

Over 330 voluntary commitments relate to some aspects of sustainable ocean-based economic development, with the development of a comprehensive blue economy the aim of close to fifty commitments, and the related concept of blue growth included in over twenty commitments. Sustainable tourism, aquaculture, shipping, fisheries and renewable energy were common components of these commitments. Market access for small-scale fishers was also covered by voluntary commitments.

This Community of Ocean Action aims to support its members in implementing their voluntary commitments related to sustainable ocean based economies by exchanging progress reports, experiences, lessons learned and good practices.

Updates & New Voluntary Commitments
Progress update
Small Island States (SIDS) Blue Guardians: Partnership to Protecting Oceans and Climate-resilient Blue Economies, #OceanAction17770
Confirmation of the Blue Guardians Green Climate Fund proposal in the official work programme of SIDS DOCK during the Fourth Session of the Assembly of SIDS DOCK, Sept. 2018. Recognition of the importance of the initiative by His Excellency Dr. The Right Honourable Keith C. Mitchell, Prime Minister of Grenada in his acceptance speech as the new [more]
Progress update
F3 - Future of Fish Feed: A collaborative effort toward fish-free aquaculture feeds, #OceanAction18933
The F3 Team commits to: -Award the first F3 prize in 2017. >> DONE. Stories related to the winner announcement appeared in: Aquafeed, FishFirst, Global Aquaculture Advocate, Seafood Source, Undercurrent News -Launch another challenge in 2017 to further innovation >> DONE. Challenge launched, and details found on http://www.f3ch [more]
Progress update
Science for deep-ocean sustainability, #OceanAction15238
SEABED MINING: The Deep-Ocean Stewardship Initiative (DOSI) provided guidance and scientific stakeholder input community to the International Seabed Authority (ISA) though the following actions:
1. A side-event at the ISA meeting in August 2017, attended by 140 delegates, contractors, observers and ISA staff. Presentations by scientists and e [more]
Progress update
Supporting a Blue Commonwealth, #OceanAction15910
In April 2018, Heads of Commonwealth Governments (Heads) adopted the Commonwealth Blue Charter. Their landmark decision will affect one third of the worlds national coastal waters, helping to sustain livelihoods and ecosystems globally. The Heads also mandated the Commonwealth Secretariat to develop an implementation plan.

As of 1 June 201 [more]
Progress update
Information Technology in Marine life for Kenya, #OceanAction26161
Pilot Phase Implementation a success. Beach management units (BMU) received the first batch of SmartID. accompanied by officials form the National, county and Partners we issued #Mvuvicard smartId to hundreds of fishers in those BMUs. The journey to the Fisher Id can be traced to 2002 and the reality made them very happy after such a long wait. [more]
Progress update
Implementing SDG14 in our corporate strategy, #OceanAction14594
To find solutions to the SDGs and make progress on ocean sustainability and SDG14, partnership is crucial. Sustainability is deeply rooted in Cermaq's culture, and Cermaqs approach through many years has been to engage in collaboration to address material sustainability issues in the seafood industry and through the value chain.

Cermaq is [more]
New Commitment
CASA DEI PESCI, #OceanAction28342
Fish Home (Casa dei pesci) Project for the preservation and enrichment of the Maremma Sea The Fish Home project is the realization of a dream, the dream of Paolo Fanciulli, fisherman of the Maremma region, whose passion for the sea has inspired many battles for the preservation of the marine environment, attracting the empathy of hundreds of peopl [more]
New Commitment
Small-Scale Fisheries Academy in Senegal, #OceanAction28293
With active support of different professional associations organising people along all aspects of the value chain in the sector, academic partners and encouraged by other civil society organisations, upon proposal of Mundus maris asbl, the organising committee invited a wide array of sector stakeholders to the inaugural session of the small-scale f [more]
New Commitment
Plastic Pollution Prevention through the development of Sustainable sport events and voluntary beach clean ups, while raising environmental awareness to society and supporting circular economy to the local communities., #OceanAction28210
π³=Plastic Pollution Prevention, an organization based in Greece, has two main goals; to prevent and restore the marine environment from plastic pollution. The part of prevention is to inform and raise awareness to the world in the use, reduction and recycling of plastic, while enhancing Circular Economy. Our aim is to achieve this through [more]
New Commitment
The Great Bubble Barrier, #OceanAction28192
Every year, 8 billion kg of plastic end up in our oceans and causes severe damage to marine and human life. 64% of this plastic is transported via rivers. We have developed a way to stop this plastic from ever reaching the oceans, without blocking ship traffic or hindering fish migration. Our curtain of bubbles brings waste to the surface of a rive [more]
New Commitment
Humpback Whale Research Project, Bermuda, #OceanAction28020
Identification of humpback whales in the middle of the North Atlantic Ocean during the whales' pelagic migration from their southern breeding/calving grounds in the West Indies to their feeding grounds on the Eastern Seaboard of the USA, Eastern Canada, Labrador, Greenland, Iceland and perhaps Norway. With a private catalogue of 1,500 individual fl [more]
New Commitment
OLIST: Ocean Literacy in Sail Training, #OceanAction27955
The principal objective is to identify key areas of the generic Sail Training programme where Ocean Literacy is already embedded, assisting operators to promote added value to their alternative education space. The secondary objective is to assist operators to identify and explore new areas of Ocean Literacy not already delivered within the Sai [more]
Voluntary Commitments
Knowledge Forum
Focal points
  • Mr. Liu Zhenmin, Under-Secretary-General for Economic and Social Affairs
  • Mr. Andrew Steer, President and CEO, World Resources Institute (WRI)
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