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  • Fishermen and women gather around a boat containing buckets offload their catch at the water's edge

    Interviews: UN Ocean Conference frustrates small-scale fishers

    Small-scale artisanal fishers explain why they left the recent UN Ocean Conference feeling unheard and overlooked, and set out what needs to change so their needs and priorities are reflected in future decision-making process and policies relating to artisanal fishing

    2 September 2022 | Article | Fisheries
  • A boat floating on the water, seaweed is seen underneath.

    Negotiators return to the high seas

    Negotiators will today resume the final round of talks on a UN treaty to conserve and regulate the use of biodiversity in international waters. A central element of the proposed treaty is area-based management tools, which are crucial for biodiversity conservation and sustainable development. But negotiators must consider how protecting areas beyond national jurisdiction impacts people, particularly in vulnerable coastal communities

    7 March 2022 | Blog | Fisheries
  • Shoal of fish.

    The ecosystem approach: a holistic perspective to marine biodiversity conservation

    A new briefing by IIED and the Norwegian Centre for the Law of the Sea explores the implementation of the ‘ecosystem approach’ in the international legally-binding treaty to protect marine biodiversity

    28 August 2020 | News | Fisheries
  • A fishing trawler

    Scrap devastating fishing subsidies to help save the ocean and climate

    The World Trade Organization resumed talks on fishing subsidies this week. Originally, it committed that by the end of 2019 it would prohibit the subsidies that are causing overfishing and damaging the life of the ocean. But despite the urgency, it failed to meet this deadline. This has significant implications for life in the ocean, the health and livelihoods of poor coastal communities in developing countries and climate change

    15 January 2020 | Blog | Fisheries
  • Graphical illustration

    Introduction to an inclusive blue economy

    IIED’s ‘Inclusive blue economy’ programme aims to support resilient marine and coastal ecosystems and the people who depend on them

    27 November 2019 | Article | Economics
  • A deep sea octopus.

    Fish Night 6: Wonders of the deep blue

    IIED's Fish Night 6 event focused on the deep sea and the impacts of human activities on this fragile environment

    21 October 2019 | Event | Biodiversity
  • A rock covered in barnacles

    An indivisible whole: negotiating the fate of the ocean

    Critical differences of opinion over how, or even whether, the high seas should be subject to a governance regime led to sluggish progress at times at international negotiations in New York recently. Essam Yassin Mohammed spells out how he thinks things need to change

    5 September 2019 | Blog | Fisheries
  • Podcast cover image

    IIED launches podcast

    The first episode of IIED’s new ‘Make Change Happen’ podcast has been launched to coincide with the BBNJ negotiations in New York. The podcast will offer listeners informal insights into the complex issues facing the world and provide expert analysis of key international events

    23 August 2019 | News | Communication
  • Three people talk into a microphone around the table

    Protecting our ocean: Make Change Happen podcast episode 1

    Nearly three quarters of our planet is covered by water; the ocean is the earth’s essential life support system. But much of the ocean is under-regulated and over-exploited. IIED’s new podcast looks at international efforts to protect the ocean, support marine biodiversity and create sustainable fisheries

    23 August 2019 | Article | Communication
  • A fisher waits with a large net attached to his small boat

    New rules for governing high seas must be fair for everyone

    As the third session of BBNJ negotiations starts in New York, Essam Yassin Mohammed makes the case for a global ocean treaty that is fair and equitable for everyone

    20 August 2019 | Blog | Fisheries
  • Fishermen hauling in a net

    Accounting for small-scale fisheries and the ocean

    As the interest in accounting for ocean economies grows, we need to ensure vulnerable small-scale fishers and communities do not continue to be left behind

    5 August 2019 | Project | Fisheries
  • Fishing boats

    Delivering sustainable fisheries through fiscal incentives

    Fisheries resources that support the livelihoods of millions of women and men are under threat due to overfishing and pollution. IIED is exploring how governments can use fiscal instruments – such as taxes and subsidies – to deliver positive socioeconomic and environmental outcomes for sustainable and inclusive fisheries management

    31 July 2019 | Project | Economics
  • A container ship looms imposingly against a brilliant skyline

    Monitoring and evaluation guidance for SDG14

    Despite the importance of marine resources to life on earth, Sustainable Development Goal 14 (Life Below Water) has struggled to gain attention and support on an international scale. This project provided guidance on how to develop and implement appropriate monitoring, evaluation and learning systems to support and accelerate progress towards achieving SDG14 and related goals.

    29 July 2019 | Project | Fisheries
  • A man casting a net

    Achieving transformational change for the ocean

    Making progress on Sustainable Development Goal 14 – life below water – is a complex and increasingly urgent challenge. A new handbook offers practical guidance on monitoring, evaluation and learning for SDG14, and emphasises the importance of using systems thinking

    11 June 2019 | Blog | Biodiversity
  • A fisherman looks at his latest huge catch of fish caught in nets

    It is time to control fishing on the high seas to protect the life of the ocean and coastal people who depend on it

    As the state of the ocean continues to grab headlines, World Oceans Day (8 June) is an opportunity to make sure new measures to govern the high seas include fishing – the greatest threat to life in the deep ocean

    8 June 2019 | Blog | Fisheries
  • Women pulling fishing nets through shallow water

    Steering gender to the centre of the blue economy

    This year World Oceans Day (8 June) focuses on promoting gender equality in all ocean-related activities. Eugenia Merayo looks at the challenges women face – and says a sustainable blue economy must involve the active representation and participation of both women and men at all levels

    6 June 2019 | Blog | Fisheries
  • 50% of the planet falls outside national boundaries. Ungoverned, these seas are exposed to widespread abuses such as overfishing or the dumping of chemical waste and plastic (Image: IIED/Soapbox)

    IIED animation: how a new global treaty could turn the tide to save the high seas

    The final instalment in a series of three animations from IIED on how nations can move towards an inclusive blue economy explores how a new global treaty – the first of its kind – could end lawlessness that threatens conservation of the high seas

    21 February 2019 | News | Fisheries
  • Seaweed farmers in Indonesia (Photo: Hiswaty Hafid/USAid, Creative Commons via Flickr)

    Focusing the blue economy future on small-scale fisheries

    At the heart of IIED’s fisheries economics and ocean programme are small-scale fisheries and the people linked to those fisheries. Together, they play a large part in the future health and sustainability of the blue economy

    18 February 2019 | Blog | Communication
  • An image from the animation focusing why small-scale fisheries matter

    IIED animation: it’s time for policy to catch on to small-scale fishing

    A new animation from IIED – the second instalment in a three-part series – urges policymakers around the world to recognise the value that small-scale fishing brings to national economies

    15 February 2019 | News | Fisheries
  • Small-scale fishers in Vietnam depend heavily on coastal resources ((Photo: Hội An, Vietnam by Thijs Degenkamp on Unsplash)

    Webinar: So far yet so close – why the high seas matter to vulnerable coastal communities

    This webinar on 18 March 2019 discussed the interconnectedness of the high seas and coastal waters, and what this means for vulnerable coastal communities

    6 February 2019 | Event | Economics
  • Fishing in Kenya's Lake Naivasha provides income for local people, but fish stocks have declined sharply due to over-fishing and the diversion of water for agriculture (Photo: Cheryl Q, Creative Commons via Flicker)

    Green lessons for the blue economy

    Laura Kelly discusses how lessons from the past can help ensure everyone benefits from our ocean, seas and coasts

    11 December 2018 | Blog | Fisheries
  • An image from the fiscal tools animation, that was screened at the Blue Economy Conference in Nairobi (Image: IIED/Nice and Serious)

    IIED animation: using fiscal policy tools to create a sustainable future for ocean and people

    A new animation explains how governments can use tools such as taxes, penalties and subsidies to support the health of the ocean and protect the livelihoods of people who depend on it

    28 November 2018 | News | Economics
  • These cars in downtown Lanzhou are part of efforts to reduce CO2 emissions in China. But electric cars require nearly 10kg of cobalt per vehicle, which may encourage increased deep-sea mining (Photo: Tim Zachernuk, Creative Commons, via Flickr)

    Mining in the deep-sea bed: are we ready?

    International law designates the deep seabed as the “common heritage of humankind”, but poorly regulated mining could cause irreparable damage to such a fragile ecosystem. Erika Solimeo and Brendan Schwartz argue that the International Seabed Authority needs a moratorium on mining extraction licences

    12 November 2018 | Blog | Law
  • Men fishing on the beach in Unawatuna, Sri Lanka

    Webinar: No hidden catch: mainstreaming small-scale fisheries in national accounts

    This webinar on 20 November 2018 discussed how natural capital accounting methods could be used to identify the contribution made by small-scale fisheries to the national economy

    7 November 2018 | Event | Economics
  • Professor Rashid Sumaila addresses interested marine specialists from research institutes, the private sector and international organisations at Fish Night 5 (Photo: Zaiza Khan/IIED)

    Fish Night 5: How subsidies are not always beneficial equally to fish and people

    IIED held its fifth Fish Night event on 17 October 2018, with Professor Rashid Sumaila speaking about the ways to make sure subsidies designed to benefit the fishing sector don’t work to the detriment of smaller fisheries

    6 November 2018 | Event | Economics
  • A shoal of muguraan circle above a bait net

    First steps towards a global agreement

    IIED director Andrew Norton responds to the end of the first session of negotiations of new laws for the high seas, calling for a greater presence of the views of those most affected to ensure a fair and inclusive treaty

    21 September 2018 | Blog | Fisheries
  • A family fishes in Chandpur, Bangladesh

    New rules for high seas must include poorest countries’ needs

    For new laws concerning the high seas to be effective and fair, it's vital that the poorest people are listened to and given an active role in protecting and managing our oceans. So says Essam Yassin Mohammed, who is in New York for the negotiations

    5 September 2018 | Blog | Biodiversity
  • Plastic debris litters the beach on Clipperton Island, a tiny uninhabited coral atoll in the eastern Pacific Ocean (Photo: Clifton Beard, Creative Commons via Flickr)

    Transitioning towards a plastic free world

    Discarded plastic is one of the biggest threats to our oceans. IIED's Essam Yassin Mohammed says we must do more to tackle the problem of plastic pollution

    30 May 2018 | Blog | Biodiversity
  • A deep-sea fishing trawler

    Helping the LDCs negotiate the high seas

    IIED is helping the least developed countries (LDCs) to participate effectively in talks about a new international treaty on the high seas

    17 May 2018 | Project | Fisheries
  • The Earth is reflected in a drop of water on a leaf (Photo: Juan Horna, Creative Commons, via Flickr)

    Changing landscapes: key issues for action on sustainable development in 2018

    As we face up to the challenges of the coming year, how does the global landscape for sustainable development look? IIED director Andrew Norton offers his thoughts on the key debates and changes we may see during 2018, and what they might mean for IIED's work

    5 January 2018 | Blog | Climate change
  • Brazil ambassador Carlos Sobral Duarte addresses a meeting to define the key elements of a draft treaty to govern the high seas (Photo: IISD/ENB | Franz Dejon)

    Moving a step closer to protecting the high seas

    The world is nearing an agreement to manage the half of the planet's surface area that is currently ungoverned. Essam Yassin Mohammed examines the battle for our ocean

    2 August 2017 | Blog | Fisheries
  • A fishing boat and cruise liner cross paths outside Zakynthos Harbour (Photo: Robert Wallace, Creative Commons, via Flickr)

    The blue economy and maritime security in Africa: why now?

    As a high-level conference on protecting Africa's seas and oceans gets under way, Essam Yassin Mohammed reflects on the multiple dimensions to maritime security in Africa's coastal regions

    13 October 2016 | Blog | Fisheries
  • World Oceans Day logo

    Protecting the world's oceans: three key tasks

    In a video to mark World Oceans Day on 8 June, IIED's director Andrew Norton has set out three ways that the international community can work to protect the world's oceans

    8 June 2016 | News | Fisheries
  • An image of an artisanal fisher in Kiribati casting his net into the water; 90 per cent of all fishers are small-scale or artisanal (Photo: Quentin Hanich/WorldFish, Creative Commons, via Flickr)

    Towards an inclusive blue economy

    Action in policy and practice is needed to ensure the many benefits from oceans, seas and coasts are available to all

    1 June 2016 | Blog | Fisheries
  • A fish market in Vĩnh Trường, Vietnam. More than 300 million people are directly or indirectly employed by the fisheries sector, and must be addressed by the oceans SDG (Photo: Khánh Hmoong, Creative Commons, via Flickr)

    A sustainable ocean by 2030

    A Sustainable Development Goal for oceans, seas and marine resources is a significant milestone, but how will it be financed and who will benefit?

    14 September 2015 | Blog | Fisheries
  • Essam Yassin Mohammed argues that Goal 14 cannot be seen in isolation from the other Sustainable Development Goals (Image: IIED)

    Understanding the SDGs: the importance of Goal 14

    Conserving our oceans and marine resources is critical to an integrated approach to achieving the Sustainable Development Goals, argues Essam Yassin Mohammed

    7 September 2015 | News | Fisheries
  • A boat near Fiji. Tourism and fishing are important industries for the Pacific nation of Fiji. Both of these economically important sectors depend on effective marine conservation (Photo: Sam Gao, Creative Commons via Flickr)

    Ocean of bliss: rewriting the narrative

    On World Oceans Day, Essam Yassin Mohammed says it is time to rethink the way we look at the world's ocean resources

    8 June 2015 | Blog | Fisheries
  • Madagascan fishermen set out for a day's fishing in traditional dugout canoes. Madagascar is implementing community-based management for some of its marine resources (Photo: Andreas Hafenscher, Creative Commons via Flickr)

    World Oceans Day event will examine the potential of oceans and coasts

    Join us on World Oceans Day (8 June) for an event to discuss the future of our oceans and coasts

    21 May 2015 | News | Fisheries
  • Blue, rather than green, is the dominant colour of planet earth (Photo: Google licence)

    Why do I see blue when everyone else sees green?

    Could participants at the climate summit only see the colour green? How else can we explain the near total absence of the oceans from the programme and declarations

    1 October 2014 | Blog | Climate change
  • Fishing boats return to a beach on the Bay of Bengal.

    New Commission for oceans in crisis

    Our oceans give us food and oxygen, regulate climate and offer untold riches, yet are in deep trouble. So what should a new Global Ocean Commission do about it?

    14 February 2013 | Blog | Fisheries
  • An artisanal fisherman in rural Bangladesh

    Buy me an ocean: why we need payments for coastal and marine environments

    Without incentives to properly manage coastal and marine environments, these valuable resources will continue to deteriorate — with dire consequences for already impoverished communities.

    7 June 2012 | Blog | Economics
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