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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.

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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.

Share your knowledge
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.

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Enhancing research and awareness on the impact of plastic on tropical marine ecosystems
Plastics are widely used because they are lightweight, durable and inexpensive. Low recovery rates and improper disposal of plastic waste has resulted in the accumulation of plastics in the environment. This has led to the emergence of a new type of contaminant in the environment, referred to as microplastic. Both larger plastic materials and micro [more]
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Protection of the Arctic Ocean and its ecosystem
Through its campaign and public education, parvati.org with its policy will acquire one million signature and 99 treaty signatures for Arctic ocean to be declared international peace park free from human exploitation.
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Liceu Santista Geography Lab
Develop in students the geographical reasoning from the conservation of the oceans.\r\n\r\n• Stimulate spatial thinking and articulate the problems of oceans to the notions of causality, location and conditions from a critical analysis of local realities, regional and worldwide.\r\n\r\nOur oceans cover three quarters of our planet, connect our po [more]
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One Gulf of California (1GC)
Work with Mexican state governments (Sinaloa, Sonora, Baja California, Baja California Sur) and civil society in coastal communities surrounding the Gulf of California to co-create 2 year action plans, with concrete steps -- commitments -- to end marine pollution and ensure sustainable fishing practices in the Gulf of California.\\r\\n\\r\\nThis mo [more]
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Creating awareness and ensuring access to technology through education & community programs
The Foundation is an initiative to promote environmental conservation in general, spread awareness about climate change and empower the coastal communities, youth to take necessary action. The Foundation acts as a facilitator between communities, industry, government agencies, academic & research institutes to achieve its objectives. It has been in [more]
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Connecting individuals to long term ocean preservation with the help of a reusable bottle
Ocean Bottle is building a connection between people and long-term ocean preservation where it counts. For each bottle purchased, the equivalent of 1000 ocean-bound plastic bottles are collected in impoverished coastal communities around the world - stopping plastic from reaching our oceans. This collection is made possible through our partners Pla [more]
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I AM DR.ANANTHA NAGESH BABU PRESIDENT OF NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF FISHERMEN (NAF) HAVING LONG COASTAL LINE, i have 22 years experience in fisheries and aquaculture, i am successfully completed my M.Sc fisheries in Bhopal university India. i expert of shrimp hatcheries i would like to transfer my technology for poor community at the same time i nee [more]
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International Project Manager / Terra D&C Co.,Ltd
We started studying to develop a environment ship with an incinerator that may handle ocean plastic wastes. It can be collect the plastic wastes on the ocean and burn them in the middle of the ocean. Not shipping to the land. It can be save the money and time. Also, the environmental emission by Incinerator could meet with the International Inciner [more]
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Ocean University Initiative
Ocean University Initiative has been launched by the University of Brest with the support of local authorities and many of our local and national science partners. Brest/Western part of Brittany hosts the largest concentration of marine research in France and France has put a large investment into concentrating research capacities in this area. T [more]
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Sea Turtle Conservation
The Students’ Sea Turtle Conservation Network is a voluntary group working on olive ridley sea turtle conservation from 1988-89 on a 14 Km stretch of beach in Chennai city. In earlier years poaching of eggs was a major motivator for volunteers to take up this ex-situ conservation work. Later, the growing city with its brightly lit beaches an [more]
Webinar: Addressing Lost and Abandoned Fishing Gear, 18 June 2019
Webinar “Addressing Lost and Abandoned Fishing Gear”, 18 June 2019

Hosted by the Global Ghost Gear Initiative (GGGI), the webinar includes presentations by experts from FAO and Bureo on their work on addressing lost and abandoned fishing gear at scale. This work supports the achievement of GGGI’s Voluntary Commitment #OceanAction148 [more]
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Action and Outreach on Ocean Acidification
We will work with primary affected stakeholders like fishermen, tribes, and coastal communities to educate them about the issues, provide solutions, and help them speak up for their best interests (and the oceans!). Including at least 10 workshops per year and publishing our Ocean Acidification Report 3-4x/yr: which mails to approx ~7000 people in [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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