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Fishers want marine ecosystem rescued from corporate capture

FishNet Alliance

An urgent need to save the marine ecosystem from corporate capture while restoring the livelihood and dignity of fishers has been underscored. Members of FishNet Alliance at the meeting The submission was made on Thursday, August 8, 2019 at the Okrika Waterfront, Port Harcourt, Rivers State at the close of a two-day meeting by FishNet Alliance. Member of the Alliance ...

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Thai beaches eye growing number of dead sea mammals washed ashore


Thailand’s marine body said on Friday, July 5, 2019 that a three-meter-long dugong was found dead in the sea off the southern province Trang. Dugong This brings the total number of dead dugongs to seven in 2019. The animal, weighing about 250 kilograms, was spotted by fishermen and estimated to have been dead for four to five days. The Department ...

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New Abidjan Convention protocols to transform continent’s ocean governance

Abidjan Convention

“By signing these documents, you will make history as this is the first time ever that the three sub-regions of West, Central and Southern Africa will get together and agree on collective instruments to lay down the foundations for the sustainable management of marine and coastal resources and at the same time improve the livelihoods of coastal populations. Executive Secretary, ...

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Why new Abidjan Convention protocol was named after Calabar


History was made in Abidjan, Ivory Coast, as the Nigerian city of Calabar was named after a new Protocol adopted under the Abidjan Convention. A view of Calabar, capital of Cross River State, in south eastern Nigeria The “Calabar Protocol on Sustainable Mangrove Management” was one of the four additional Protocols and Policy adopted and endorsed on Tuesday, July 2, ...

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Forum ends with pledges to deliver blue economy for Africa


The prospect of a fully sustainable blue economy for Africa gathered significant momentum following the second Africa Blue Economy Forum (ABEF2019) held in Tunis, Tunisia from June 25 to 26, 2019. A panel discussion session at the ABEF2019 Fishing, aquaculture, shipping, ports, energy and finance industries all came under the spotlight at ABEF2019, which drew in ministers, business leaders, international ...

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Fishmeal industry stealing food, livelihoods in West Africa, says Greenpeace

Ibrahima Cissé

Greenpeace is calling on West African governments to immediately phase out fishmeal and fish oil (FMFO) industry, which it describes as “wasteful;”. The group, in a report released on Wednesday, June 19, 2019 says the call is meant to stop the threat to regional fish stocks essential for the food security and livelihoods of local people. Dr. Ibrahima Cissé The ...

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World Ocean Day: Expert highlights dangers of human activities on marine ecosystem

Healthy Oceans

As the world marks World Ocean Day, a retired lecturer Dr Emmanuel Ukpong, warns against continuous dumping of non-degradable materials into seas, saying that it can destroy marine ecosystem. Healthy oceans have a central role to play in solving one of the biggest problems of the 21st century – how to feed nine billion people by 2050. Photo credit: FAO Ukpong, who ...

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Austria, Cyprus, Greece, Malta home to EU’s cleanest waters

Bathing waters

Austria, Cyprus, Greece and Malta are home to Europe’s cleanest bathing waters, the European Union’s environment watchdog said on Thursday, June 6, 2019. Maltese bathing waters are said to be the second best in EU “The four countries scored `excellent’ ratings for no less than 95 per cent of their bathing waters,” the European Commission and the Copenhagen-based European Environment ...

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Stakeholders clamour development of marine ecotourism to boost economy

Marine ecotourism

Nigeria is blessed with an abundant variety species of fish, some of which have been exported in various forms over the years. These fish species, which include ornamental fishes, are taken either from the wild or cultured. Marine ecotourism. Photo credit: Octavio Aburto According to reports, large quantities of fishes and fishery products are exported from Nigeria in different forms ...

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The Abidjan Convention strategic role in ocean governance

Abou Bamba

A key principle of the USAID-funded West Africa Biodiversity Conservation (WA BiCC) Programme is to work in partnership with regional partner institutions to strengthen and enhance their capacity. This is to most effectively address those environmental issues that underpin their core mandates. The support provided through these partnerships is mutual, as it also enhances WA BiCC’s efforts to achieve its ...

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