Climate Change, Oceans and Fisheries

In late February, the Global Partnership for Oceans was launched – a coalition of international organizations such as the UNEP, UNESCO, FAO, and non-governmental organizations such as WWF and Nature Conservancy, to address the challenges to oceans management and governance, including over-fishing, marine degradation and habitat loss. These are the same issues that were raised by the Royal Society of Canada in February in its comprehensive 300-page report, Sustaining Canada’s Marine Biodiversity. Ten Canadian marine research scientists examined the state of the Atlantic, Pacific and Arctic Oceans as a result of overfishing, aquaculture “and all the things we do that drive climate change”. The report explains the real and future threats to biodiversity, discusses Canada’s international and national legal obligations and policies, and offers “seven recommendations for action that will take Canada from negligence to effectiveness in managing its fisheries and preserving marine biodiversity, for the benefit of Canadians and all the world’s people”.



Global Partnership for Oceans website is at:


The full report, Sustaining Canada’s Marine Biodiversity: Responding to the Challenges Posed by Climate Change, Fisheries, and Aquaculture is available at:

The 20 page summary document, which focuses on policy, is in English at:
and in French at:

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