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Working through research, conservation projects, campaigns and education to improve the situation for wildlife in the worlds oceans
by OceanCare (Non-governmental organization (NGO))
OceanCare has worked for the protection of marine species and the oceans since 1989. In this time we have been proud to develop international recognition as a research, advocacy and education non-governmental organisation (NGO) that champions the protection of marine flora and fauna. Our effectiveness is amplified by strategically working with solution-oriented scientific experts, committees, and NGO partners around the world. In 2011, OceanCare was granted United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) Consultative Status and provides Quadrennial Reports to ECOSOC on our work. OceanCare welcomes the SDGs and encourages governments and other relevant stakeholders to work towards their implementation. 

OceanCare commits itself through all existing work plans to contribute to the achievement of the SDGs. In particular OceanCare will work on issues related to SDG14 including marine plastic debris, ocean noise pollution, aquatic wildmeat, and the environmental and biodiversity impact of fisheries and whaling. 

OceanCare commits to progressing ocean protection goals within intergovernmental fora and this includes the following specific activities: 

1. Focussing on the Mediterranean region, OceanCare will support the work of the General Fisheries Commission for the Mediterranean in its efforts to preserve endangered species and promote marine conservation via an MoU and work plan which exists until the end of 2019. OceanCare's role in this partnership is to provide the Commission with information and recommendations relevant to it's work on key issues such as ocean noise pollution, marine debris and by-catch and to collaborate on activities and projects which will serve to progress the development of solutions and mitigation measures in these areas. 

2. At a global level, OceanCare commits to ensuring that issues including ocean noise pollution, marine plastic debris, by-catch, whaling and aquatic wildmeat are taken seriously by world leaders and included as a relevant and credible part of the Sustainable Development Agenda in a consistent way across all relevant intergovernmental forums. Our research, conservation and education activities around the world are designed to deliver information to governmental and intergovernmental processes that support the delivery of international commitments. As OceanCare has been a long standing observer and active participant in so many of the forums relevant to ocean protection, we have excellent oversight of the work being done across these different bodies and can assist in identifying and promoting synergies and the streamlining of effort, highlighting inconsistencies when they occur and providing information and recommendations when needed.  

3. As an authority on the issue of ocean noise (see also OceanCare Commitment #16030) OceanCare will provide it's expert input into developments on this issue taking place within the Agreement on the Conservation of Cetaceans in the Black Sea Mediterranean Sea and Contiguous Atlantic Area (ACCOBAMS). In particular, OceanCare will contribute towards the development of a certification programme for highly trained Marine Mammal Observers (MMOs) so that marine mammals may be detected, providing the opportunity for real time mitigation advice to be given in relation to various human activities, including seismic surveys.
Progress reports
By 2025, prevent and significantly reduce marine pollution of all kinds, in particular from land-based activities, including marine debris and nutrient pollution
Type of commitment
  • Plastics product bans or restrictions
  • Plastics recovery/recycling/reuse
  • Other (please specify): Underwater ocean noise
  • Management of ship-based pollution and/or port waste management:
OTHER POLLUTANTS (please specify)
  • Other (please specify): Underwater ocean noise
By 2020, sustainably manage and protect marine and coastal ecosystems to avoid significant adverse impacts, including by strengthening their resilience, and take action for their restoration in order to achieve healthy and productive oceans
Type of commitment
  • Community or Locally Managed Marine Areas
  • Marine Spatial Planning
  • Other (please specify): Environmental Impact Assessments
By 2020, effectively regulate harvesting and end overfishing, illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing and destructive fishing practices and implement science-based management plans, in order to restore fish stocks in the shortest time feasible, at least to levels that can produce maximum sustainable yield as determined by their biological characteristics
Type of commitment
By 2020, conserve at least 10 per cent of coastal and marine areas, consistent with national and international law and based on the best available scientific information
Type of commitment
  • Locally or community managed marine areas
  • MPA management and/or enforcement
Increase scientific knowledge, develop research capacity and transfer marine technology, taking into account the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission Criteria and Guidelines on the Transfer of Marine Technology, in order to improve ocean health and to enhance the contribution of marine biodiversity to the development of developing countries, in particular small island developing States and least developed countries
Type of commitment
  • Research capacity development
  • Data access and sharing
  • Scientific cooperation
Enhance the conservation and sustainable use of oceans and their resources by implementing international law as reflected in UNCLOS, which provides the legal framework for the conservation and sustainable use of oceans and their resources, as recalled in paragraph 158 of The Future We Want
Type of commitment
  • Activities to raise awareness of the comprehensive legal and policy framework for the sustainable development of oceans and seas, in particular UNCLOS, its Implementing Agreements and other relevant ocean-related instruments and promote their effective im
  • Strengthening ocean governance, for example through the development of a national ocean policy or regional ocean policy
December 2019
Progress collaborative working with the General Fisheries Commission for the Mediterranean (GFCM) on a number of different issues, including marine debris, ocean noise pollution and by-catch, that are included within the work plan of the 2016-2019 MoU between OceanCare and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO), on behalf of GFCM
December 2020
Promote specific ocean protection measures within various intergovernmental forums including the UN General Assembly, the Convention on Migratory Species of Wild Animals (CMS), the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations Committee on Fisheries (COFI), the International Whaling Commission (IWC) and the European Union, as well as within numerous issue specific Working Groups and Agreements
October 2017
Assist in the development of a certification programme for highly qualified marine mammal observers (MMOs) by the Agreement on the Conservation of Cetaceans in the Black Sea Mediterranean Sea and Contiguous Atlantic Area (ACCOBAMS). The first ACCOBAMS Highly Qualified MMOs are planned to be certificated in October 2017
Staff / Technical expertise
2 staff in headquarters, including one scientist, 5 ocean policy consultants, 50 volunteers through our whale research programmes
Financing (in USD)
630,000 USD
In-kind contribution
OceanCare strives to be an active participant and to provide constructive input to a number of forums and processes critical to the progression of ocean protection globally and regionally including, the UN General Assembly, the Convention on Migratory Spe
Basic information
Time-frame: 2017 January - 2020 December
IGOs: Agreement on the Conservation of Cetaceans in the Black Sea Mediterranean Sea and Contiguous Atlantic Area (ACCOBAMS), General Fisheries Commission for the Mediterranean (GFCM), Convention on Migratory Species of Wild Animals (CMS)
Ocean Basins
  • Global
Beneficiary countries
Other beneficaries
Contact information
Sigrid Lber , President , slueber@oceancare.org, +41 (0) 44 780 66 88
Wdenswil, Zrich, Switzerland
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