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Trawling for trash: why we are engaging for sustainable oceans

Every year, more than 8m tonnes of plastic ends up in oceans. According to some estimates, there will be more plastic than fish (by weight) in the sea by 2050. Careful management of this precious environmental resource is therefore a key feature of a sustainable future - and it is aligned to SDG14, Life Below Water.

Oceans cover three quarters of our planet and sustain life on earth as we know it, providing most of the oxygen we breathe.

But today, our oceans are at grave risk: they are detrimentally affected by human activities – including pollution, such as plastic packaging waste and agricultural fertiliser run-off; overfishing, which has depleted stocks; and coastal development, which has resulted in the loss of wildlife habitats and biodiversity.

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