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Marine pollution
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.

Share updates of your Voluntary Commitments
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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Marine pollution

Marine pollution from human activities can be found at all points across the ocean’s vast expanse, whether in the deep, at the surface, or in the organisms that live in it. Land-based sources (such as agricultural run-off, discharge of nutrients, pesticides and untreated sewage including plastics) account for approximately 80% of marine pollution globally, and include sewage and wastewater, persistent organic pollutants, heavy metals, oils, nutrients, sediments and marine debris (or marine litter). Plastics typically constitute the most important part of marine debris, sometimes accounting for up to 100 % of floating litter, and impacting economies, ecosystems, animal welfare and human health worldwide. Nutrient over-enrichment is considered to be the main causes of so-called “dead zones”, hypoxic regions that exhibit oxygen levels that are too low to support many aquatic organisms, including commercially desirable species, and resulting in the collapse of some ecosystems.

Over 540 voluntary commitments relate to the reduction of marine pollution, demonstrating the importance of this activity. Most commonly, they aim to reduce marine pollution from plastics through bans on plastic products, recycling and coastal cleanups. Commitments relating to nutrient management and controlling other sources of pollution were also common.

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

Updates & New Voluntary Commitments
Progress update
Promote, sustainably use, and protect kadalamma-the Mother Sea-with indigenous fisherfolk, #OceanAction14351
Marine debris clean-up drive at Kovalam - A community participation\r\n\r\nKovalam stand apart with its unique feature of seabed composed of wide spread near inshore rocky reefs which extend up to seven kilometers. These rocky reefs accommodate flourishing mussel colonies which the local fishermen depends on. During the monsoon season nearby estu [more]
Progress update
Care of the Oceans, #OceanAction21726
Sharing information on a weekly basis with our membership in over 70 countries around the world regarding plastic. On our Facebook group, people are posting those stories of action on plastic reduction.
Progress update
Development of a national strategy to combat marine litter , #OceanAction19694
- Adhesion of the Ministry of Environment to the Clean Seas UN Environment Campaign (August 2017);
- Organization of the 1st National Seminar to Combat Marine Litter done in November 2017 (https://www.sympla.com.br/1-seminario-nacional-sobre-combate-ao-lixo-no-mar__198716; https://www.facebook.com/ONUMeioAmbiente/)
- Development of an awar [more]
Progress update
Sport2Clean Education Environment, #OceanAction21902
We were recently given the opportunity to show The Royal Highnesses His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales and Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Cornwall the Sport2Clean ocean conservation program supporting the SDG's

The Royal Highnesses learnt about the program met with students from Robina State High School and looked at a surfing demo [more]
Progress update
Support action, innovation and learning to address source-to-sea priorities, #OceanAction15031
2018 Deliverable completed:
Water action for the ocean high-level panel at World Water Forum 8 sets direction for sustainable management from source to sea

The 8th World Water Forum was a very strategic event for the S2S Platform in its ambition to influence the policy agendas of major freshwater actors, to take actions for the ocean [more]
Progress update
Plastic Bag Free Raglan, #OceanAction20309
Target was to influence 80% of the towns businesses to be single use plastic bag free by 2017. We have exceeded this target, and moved the bags per week usage down from 20,000 per week to below 1,000 per week. The project is now evolving to include the next problematic single use plastic items. Joint community, NGO and businesses initiative - true [more]
New Commitment
Paddling for a Cleaner ocean , #OceanAction25293
Lucy Graham and Mathilde Gordon set out to kayak over 2000km from Juneau (Alaska) to Vancouver Island (Canada) over 3 months to raise awareness about marine debris and promote women in adventure. The trip will take 3 months in total and they are doing it completely singe-use plastic-free. Marine debris is an issue that is affecting our oceans wo [more]
New Commitment
Tethered Plastic Cap Solution Implementation WorldWide, #OceanAction24354
ThisCap's goal is to implement, within the single use bottle industry, a tethered plastic cap solution that can be used on ALL beverage and chemical containers. Our patented innovation will prevent more than 5 Billion Plastic Caps each day from entering Earth's Wildlife Habitats.
New Commitment
Closed Loop Ocean Funding Mechanism, #OceanAction24196
Closed Loop Oceans is designed to fund waste management and recycling solutions in Southeast Asia, with a focus on investments to improve collection, sorting and recycling markets that prevent plastics from entering the environment. Nearly half of the plastic that flows into the ocean every year an estimated eight million metric tons escapes f [more]
New Commitment
Concept Design of Robotic Solar Powered Barges to Filter and Remove Oceanic Plastic, #OceanAction24152
A realistic and feasible solution to clean up the trillions of pieces of plastic garbage now building in massive Ocean Gyres around the World. Envisage a fleet of Solar Robotic Barges (SRBs) perpetually sailing between Oceanic Plastic Garbage Gyres and processing ports established as close as possible. The SRBs are guided by a combination of [more]
New Commitment
Watertrek , #OceanAction24104
Watertrek is a franco-british association founded by French Actress Sverine VASSELIN that aims to raise awareness on the need to protect aquatic ecosystems. Its work is structured around 3 main missions and poles: - TO EDUCATE (producing Creative Ocean Literacy Contents, using theater & fiction to inspire), - TO INITIATE (offering Paddle [more]
New Commitment
A Plastic Planet, #OceanAction23986
A Plastic Planet A Plastic Planet (APP) is a grassroots organisation with a single goal to turn off the plastic tap. APP is not focused on recycling, but an absolute reduction in the production and the use of plastic to package food and drink and drive the change towards responsible alternatives. APPs strategy includes raising consumer awareness [more]
Voluntary Commitments
Knowledge Forum
Focal points
  • Mr. Andreas Merkl, President, Ocean Conservancy
  • Mr. Kitack Lim, Secretary-General, International Maritime Organization (IMO)
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