A sea of broken promises: Avoiding empty ocean commitments at Rio+20

Jun 14, 2012
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RIO: World leaders have made pitiful progress on their guarantee to protect global oceans from overfishing and other threats. In a paper published today (June 15, 2012) in Science, the Zoological Society of London (ZSL) and world renowned researchers have reviewed commitments made by governments to protect the world's oceans and shown that there has been little success over the past 20 years.

At the World Summit on Sustainable Development in 2002, heads of 192 governments came together to agree on key issues - including targets for protecting and marine habitats and managing fishing sustainably in national waters. Ten years on, none of these targets have been met, and in some cases the situation is worse than before.

Professor Jonathan Baillie, Director of Conservation at ZSL, says: "Our analysis shows that almost every commitment made by governments to protect the oceans has not been achieved. If these international processes are to be taken seriously, governments must be held accountable and any future commitments must come with clear plans for implementation and a process to evaluate success or failure.''

Global depletion of is threatening the integrity of ocean ecosystems. Risks posed by , disease, and other pressures will have a huge impact on ecosystems already destabilized by overfishing, pollution, and other damaging activities. Collapses such as the Newfoundland cod fishery – once the largest in the world – came as a complete surprise to most people and has not recovered in the 20 years since the population crashed.

But a few areas have seen improvement. The recent creation of very large marine reserves around remote islands such as the Chagos Archipelago, the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands and South Orkney Islands is encouraging, and there have been improvements to the fishing gear used in some areas to reduce their impact on seabird populations. In general, however, the situation remains critical, and there is little or no protection for vulnerable which continue to be fished in destructive ways.

ZSL's Marine Policy Officer Liane Veitch says: "There are large scale changes occurring in the oceans that weren't known to be a problem in 1992 or 2002, such as ocean acidification or mass coral bleaching, which we now know will make sustainable ocean management even more challenging. Rio+20 might be our last real chance to save and make sure we can manage marine fish stocks in a sustainable way."

Conservationists from ZSL will be in Brazil at Rio+20, encouraging governments to engage with policy makers to make a difference to our oceans. As part of the Marine Reserves Coalition, they will be hosting an oceans side event, as well as presenting the Pledge for a Better Planet to global legislators, asking them to sign a contract with the youth of today to commit to improving management of the world's resources.

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More information: "Avoiding Empty Ocean Commitments at Rio+20," by L. Veitch, Science, 2012.

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Vendicar_Decarian
3.2 / 5 (13) Jun 14, 2012
A few years ago I was told by an American Libertarian that there were so many fish in the ocean that it would be impossible to collapse fish stocks, and that any reports of such was nothing more than Socialist whining and laziness on the part of the fishermen who were unwilling to go farther out in the ocean to fish near the Mid-Atlantic ridge.

No amount of logic was capable of convincing him that the waters above the deep ocean are generally devoid of fish, and that they are only found above the continental shelves.

Reality did not conform to his Randite Ideological vision and hence was rejected.

Know the enemy.

Caliban
2.9 / 5 (7) Jun 14, 2012
Our last chance may already be too late. Still, better to go down' fighting than cave in to fatalism, "fiddling" as the man said, "while Rome burns."
ryggesogn2
2.2 / 5 (17) Jun 14, 2012
"United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development, 13-22 June 2012"

I knew there was a reason we were suddenly exposed to so much propaganda.
Caliban
3.3 / 5 (7) Jun 14, 2012
"United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development, 13-22 June 2012"

I knew there was a reason we were suddenly exposed to so much propaganda.


Uh, 'scuse me, riggsuggin' - but do you refer to the far more ominously titled "Agenda 21"?

Don't chew all 'round it --spit it out!

PussyCat_Eyes
1.9 / 5 (18) Jun 14, 2012
Socialist whining
Know the enemy.

- Vendicar_De Idiot

And the enemy is YOU.
Howhot
3.8 / 5 (6) Jun 15, 2012
Well, I was told by a Wallmart employee that they are secretly working to Unionize. I can't blame them.
xen_uno
4 / 5 (8) Jun 15, 2012
Those dam bottom dragging trawling nets definitely need to be banned as a first step.
ubavontuba
1.9 / 5 (9) Jun 15, 2012
No amount of logic was capable of convincing him that the waters above the deep ocean are generally devoid of fish, and that they are only found above the continental shelves.
So, where do you think tuna comes from?
rubberman
4.1 / 5 (9) Jun 15, 2012
No amount of logic was capable of convincing him that the waters above the deep ocean are generally devoid of fish, and that they are only found above the continental shelves.
So, where do you think tuna comes from?


As stated by Vendi, backed up by a U of Mass. study on migration and preferred habitat:
"The authors report that all tagged bluefin tuna remained in the northwest Atlantic for the duration observed, and, in summer months they stayed in coastal waters from Maryland to Cape Cod out to the continental shelf. In the winter, they wandered more widely, exiting the Gulf of Maine and ranging south to the South Atlantic Bight (North Carolina to Florida), the northern Bahamas and the Gulf Stream edge."

Where do YOU think they come from.....Ubavontuna?
SatanLover
1.3 / 5 (6) Jun 15, 2012
Well, I was told by a Wallmart employee that they are secretly working to Unionize. I can't blame them.

Unions are a part of agenda21.
MandoZink
4 / 5 (4) Jun 15, 2012
"United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development, 13-22 June 2012"
I knew there was a reason we were suddenly exposed to so much propaganda.

"Once you get it into your head that somebody is controlling events, you can interpret everything in that light and find no reasonable certainty anywhere."
- Isaac Asimov
Vendicar_Decarian
3.4 / 5 (5) Jun 15, 2012
There are always exceptions of course, and Tuna are one of them in this case. They can be found away from the continental shelves, and typcially distributed in regions around the equator.

But they tend to stick around over the continental shelves.

"So, where do you think tuna comes from?" - UbVonTard

Do you have a point?
Vendicar_Decarian
2 / 5 (4) Jun 15, 2012
Thank gawad.

"Unions are a part of agenda21." - StanLover
ryggesogn2
1.7 / 5 (6) Jun 16, 2012
Well, I was told by a Wallmart employee that they are secretly working to Unionize. I can't blame them.

"Americas jobless are unionizing, or at least furthering an agenda of one of the nations biggest unions."
http://dailycalle...mployed/
The unemployed have a union, the Democrat Party.
ryggesogn2
2.3 / 5 (6) Jun 16, 2012
"Fight For Your Right To Government Dependency"
"Abandon antiquated notions of liberty. There's nobody who can better plan, monitor, supervise, and assess your quality of life than a well-meaning government official, sensitive to your needs and fantasies."
http://thepeoples...832.html
ubavontuba
1.7 / 5 (6) Jun 17, 2012
As stated by Vendi, backed up by a U of Mass. study on migration and preferred habitat:
"The authors report that all tagged bluefin tuna remained in the northwest Atlantic for the duration observed, and, in summer months they stayed in coastal waters from Maryland to Cape Cod out to the continental shelf. In the winter, they wandered more widely, exiting the Gulf of Maine and ranging south to the South Atlantic Bight (North Carolina to Florida), the northern Bahamas and the Gulf Stream edge."

Where do YOU think they come from.....Ubavontuna?
Well, the guys who can 'em state:

"Tuna live in the open sea rather than near the shore, "

http://www.bumble...ool/life

StarGazer2011
2.6 / 5 (5) Jun 17, 2012
Vendicar: How do you think power and resources should be distributed? How much freedom should a person have in your ideal system?
xen_uno
1 / 5 (2) Jun 20, 2012
He's a socialist therefore the fruits of YOUR labor will be shared by all, deserving or not. Redistribution will be handled by politicians who know better than you, who 99% of the time are of the Do As I Say, Not As I Do sect.
Howhot
5 / 5 (1) Jun 21, 2012
Wow, look at all of these goon looser fall over themselves at the mention of Wallmart Unionizing. It's going to happen whether they fight it or not.

Howhot
5 / 5 (1) Jun 21, 2012
How the heck does R2's isolationists rants address the issue of global depletion of fish stock. He doesn't, just like the teaparty, false promises, do nothing, pieces of trash they are. (sorry, off topic, UNIONIONIZE WALLMART),