Dear <<First Name>>,
Happy World Oceans Day!
This year's World Oceans Day is all about women and ocean and how we relate to our origins as a species. We are all connected to the OCEAN.
Here are 5 tips for protecting the ocean:
1. Did you know that of the 120 million people involved directly in fisheries and post-harvest activities world-wide are women? They are often the managers in small-scale fisheries when the men are away fishing, but get little or no recognition and often have no right to social services and insurance. Help ensure that women are recognised and equitably treated!
2. Overfishing has decreased in some parts of the ocean, but is still very widespread. It destroys the fragile tissue of life in the ocean, including by threatening marine ecosystems and biodiversity. Further, by fishing undersized fish we prevent the maintenance of the fish populations. Help bring about success at current UN negotiations to protect up to 50% of the high seas to help recover healthy seas.
3. Illegal, unreported and unregulated fisheries (IUU) are a threat to all fishers working honestly and to fish consumers alike. IUU fishing often is connected to other crimes, including increasing slavery and other criminal offences. Ask your Member of Parliament and government for enforcement of existing legislation. This is organised crime that undermines our futures.
4. Many industrial fleets roaming the ocean and taking fish, legally and illegally, in direct competition away from coastal fishers can not operate profitably given the poor state of many marine resources. Governments spend US$ 23 billion /year to prop them up. Call your minister of economics and trade and ask him or her to stop spending public money on such waste. The minister should vote NO TO SUBSIDIES at the WTO as promised years ago.
5. Support Mundus maris and other non-profits to expand work for healthy marine ecosystems and appreciation of maritime cultures. Let's work together to implement Sustainable Development Goal for a healthy ocean in connection with the other SDGs. Together we can.