Blogs

7 February, 2024

In June of 2023, after two decades of informal meetings that eventually turned into formal negotiations, the United Nations officially adopted a new treaty that will enable the global community to better protect the two-thirds of the ocean that lie beyond national jurisdiction: the High Seas.  The full, official name of this treaty is the […]

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29 November, 2023

A blog by Karen Sack, Executive Director, ORRAA, Wednesday 29 November 2023 2023 is on track to be the hottest year on record. This July, average daily global sea surface temperatures hit their hottest ever recorded temperature – 20.96 °C (69.73 °F) – as the Ocean soaked up the atmospheric heating generated by climate change. […]

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16 November, 2023

On the late afternoon of October 30th, I tuned in to the ISA WebTV. I was looking forward to the start of the International Seabed Authority’s (ISA) 28th Session Part III – Council Meeting, a gathering of state representatives and vested observers from around the world to discuss the rules and regulations for Deep Sea […]

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18 October, 2023

Flora McMorrin joined RISE UP as Campaigns Director in January 2023 and recently took part in a small-scale fisher congress and field trip in Costa Rica and the Gulf of Panama. In this blog post, she shares her insights from the journey. The trip began on the shores of Talamanca Canton, in the Limón province […]

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4 October, 2023

Dr. Sylvia Earle, the Mission Blue Alliance founder, is a major voice advocating for ocean protection. Her Deepness travels the globe delivering impassioned speeches encouraging people and reaffirming the message that we have both the knowledge and the power to make a positive change in marine conservation. Sylvia’s unwavering dedication to our planet’s aquatic realms […]

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7 September, 2023

Keep Sustainable Development Goal 14 as our lodestar, and the UN Decade of Ocean Science as our chart, and we will be staying the course towards a healthy and equitable ocean – By Ambassador Peter Thomson, UNSG’s Special Envoy for the Ocean In early June 2025, on the shores of the Mediterranean in the beautiful […]

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7 August, 2023

Ocean acidification (OA) is a direct result of the greenhouse gas, carbon dioxide (CO2), which is altering the chemical balance of seawater that marine life (like shellfish, finfish and coral) need to grow, reproduce, and thrive. Combined with other impacts of climate change like ocean warming and reduced oxygen levels, marine species and ecosystems are […]

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6 July, 2023

Sian Owen, Director of the Deep Sea Conservation Coalition The clock is ticking for the ocean. This month, the meetings of the International Seabed Authority (ISA) in Kingston, Jamaica could see the approval of the world’s first major deep-sea mining operation. The ISA Council could give large-scale deep-sea mining the go-ahead following the triggering of […]

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