Mundus maris newsletter: March 2020
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Dear <<First Name>>

We hope you are doing well in these trying times and staying safe and healthy. As happened to everybody else and to protect everyone's health, the corona pandemic forced most of our activities to be postponed.

We were very sad not to continue with our scheduled activities, including a public lecture about overfishing organised by the German Marine Foundation and the Hagenbeck Aquarium in Hamburg. Some activities, such as the HUGY CUP divers' ceremony celebrating underwater photography, were carried out online. Others, such as the trainings of the Small-Scale Fisheries Academy in Senegal, will proceed once the lockdown is lifted and activities can restart.

One of our annual lighthouse activities, namely to celebrate World Ocean Day, 8 June, and engage particularly young people in ocean protection is affected as well. Having said this, World Ocean Day is ON! However, the circumstances will demand some additional creativity to make it happen in novel ways – coincidentally the UN motto for this year is “Innovation for Ocean Sustainability”!
First of all, the closure of schools in most countries is slowing the collaboration around the beautiful idea to prepare a Book of the Marine World for World Ocean Day 2020 by providing drawing and painting materials to interested schools or classes. The idea is to show the great diversity, but also the commonalities of how young people connect to the ocean and what they do and propose to protect the ocean that accounts for every second breath we take. We are happy that virtual meetings and distance communication have become more accessible and have had feedback from interested schools that November 21, World Fisheries Day, is a reasonable alternative date. Find out the details here:


There are other opportunities to intensify cyber cooperation around World Ocean Day 2020 – we shall offer a quiz for the occasion and shall invite you all to participate.

You can also take action by supporting the important global campaign to protect 30% of the ocean from fishing and other extractive activities. Negotiations are underway at the UN in order to rebuild the resilience of marine ecosystems and safeguard biodiversity. Click here to support the petition to bring the negotiations to a successful conclusion.

You can still plan a beach clean-up with the family or friends, keeping the safety distances that may still be enforced in June. Share any idea you have to become active and engage with ocean protection for World Ocean Day at We'll offer an online quiz closer to the date to mark this important date on the annual agenda.

Many small-scale fishers around the globe suffer serious losses of income when they were affected by the lockdowns imposed. Short of insurance schemes and other social institutions, governments have responsibilities to come to the rescue of the 40.3 million workers, men and women in equal measure, particularly in Asia, Africa and South and Central America, who account for at least a quarter of global fish food production. Women must have a voice in all steps to reopen fisheries to make sure the previous threats of gender selective poverty traps are avoided.
The upside of the lockdowns for major industrial fleets in their home ports is reduced pressure on already fully exploited or overfished marine resources. The few months of lowered or no fishing, also confirmed by the monitoring activities of Global Fishing Watch already have enabled some signs of recovery, most visible with short lived species. Corona has managed a significant slow down where lack of political will to take account of scientific advice failed to rebuild robust and healthy marine ecosystems able to produce maximum sustainable yields on a sustainable basis as e.g. mandated by European legislation.

Let's intensify cooperation to minimise the negative effects of the corona pandemic and seize the opportunities for achieving a healthy ocean and prosperous coastal communities.

You can make a difference by supporting these and other efforts with a weekly or monthly donation to
Mundus maris asbl (beneficiary), Belfius Bank, Rue de Linthout 224, 1040 Brussels, Belgium
IBAN: BE54 0688 9718 6297     BIC: GKCCBEBB

Contact us any time at
Cornelia E. Nauen and the entire Mundus maris team
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