- January 1, 2020
International policy brief: Mitigating climate change for food security from the ocean
The biggest markets for seafood (by value) are the European Union (EU), the United States of America (US) and Japan, with the EU importing approximately 70% of the seafood it consumes. Given the size of the EU, American and Japanese markets, these countries have a responsibility to ensure that their purchasing power is not fueling overfishing in seafood producing countries or the trade of illegally caught products. Implementing legal frameworks in both producer and importer countries in the face of accelerating climate change, and integrating adaptive measures into strategies and national policies are now crucial steps to support international commitments under the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDG), including Zero Hunger (SDG 2) and Life Below Water (SDG 14). To achieve this, WWF calls on governments to provide global leadership on ocean governance and urges industry and other stakeholders to intensify efforts towards sustainable fisheries and ecosystem-based management of our ocean.
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