Mundus maris newsletter: January 2017
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Dear Cornelia,

2017 is an exciting new year, and we're already busy preparing for World Oceans Day 2017 with our members and partners. We want our work to feed into the implementation of the challenging agenda of the Sustainable Development Goals adopted by the UN General Assembly in September 2015. Goal 14 is to “Conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources for sustainable development”.
Thus we are happy to announce the 2017 Mundus maris Awards contest for young people up to 24 years of age in preparation of celebrations around the globe on the Day itself, 8 June. Check out the announcement and help spread the news to encourage as many young people as possible to engage with this Year's UN theme “Our Ocean, Our Future”.

As we gear up to a full programme of activities this year, we also need to revamp our website. We started moving to an improved, more secure environment at the end of January. Please bear with us, but moving, checking and updating more than 2000 articles in five languages is a BIG job.

We would much appreciate your support for this transition to offer you a richer and better service.
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Beneficiary: Mundus maris asbl
Belfius Bank, Rue de Linthout 224, 1040 Brussels, Belgium

In the same vein we thank those acting on our appeal for seasonal giving for the ocean and the youth contest.

Stay with us and keep supporting our work for the ocean and the people of the sea.

Cornelia E. Nauen and the entire Mundus maris team

News from around the world

Mundus maris panel discussion: Good fisheries management increases yield – the next steps
On the heels of the study on the status of European stocks and our press release, Mundus maris organised a panel at the Green Me Film Festival in Berlin on the topic "Production gains of five million tons for prudently managed fisheries in Europe – the next steps". Study author Rainer Froese and Markus Knigge, Adviser to Pew Charitable Funds, discussed with the audience how the recovery of fish stocks could be managed. The Fisheries Committee of the European Parliament will conduct a hearing about the status of European stocks on 27 February with Rainer Froese among the speakers.
Nic and Nkiru Niemann interviewed by Mundus maris
On the occasion of the Green Me Film Festival, we had the opportunity to interview Nic Niemann, festival founder and president, and Nkiru Niemann, Director International Affairs & Production at Green Me. They told us about the recent internationalisation of the festival and what they plan to do next.
Find out more
Mundus maris at the Green Me Film Festival for Sustainability in Berlin
Mundus maris was among the co-sponsors of the Green Me Film Festival, which took place for the tenth time from 27 to 29 January. We organised a panel discussion (see above) and a stand inviting visitors to make a pledge for the ocean. The most frequent pledge was not to use one-way plastic bags during 2017 and not to buy canned tuna from overfished stocks for the year.
Check out the many festival attractions
Mundus maris Chapter in Victoria Island is exploring a new project
As part of the development of the work plan for 2017 and beyond, the Mundus maris chapter in Victoria Island wants to build on last year's efforts of removing plastic and other debris from the beaches and creeks. To take this further, the idea is to support slum dwellers on Lagos Lagoon in various ways. The men are mostly fishers, the women are often engaged in post-harvest processing and marketing. A project supporting improvements of their living and working conditions would include cleaning up the litter from around their dwellings, but the first step is to listen to what they see as their priority needs.
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