Norway aims to fight for predatory fish and seaweed in the Sea Panel meeting

Norway will fight for the cause of predatory fish and seaweed in the Sea Panel meeting. Norway aims to create a common understanding that clean seas  are profitable for all when the UN Sea Panel will have its first meeting in New York on Monday.

The panel meets for the first time during the UN High Level Week in New York on Monday. The panel is headed by the Prime Minister Erna Solberg. The panel will try to get all countries involved in the sustainable exploitation of resources in the ocean.

The panel is assembled by coastal state leaders who rely on balance in marine biology. Clean seas provide business development and jobs, “says Solberg to NTB.

Attempt to develop Economic Arguments

Norway took the initiative to create the sea panel. The panel is chaired by Solberg and President Thomas Esang Remengesau Jr.. in the Pacific Republic of Palau. 

“Large areas in the oceans are characterized by wild west conditions, without regulation and where waste and ballast water can be emptied from boats, flooded and kept on board. Often with outrageous ownership. Acidification and waste spreads with ocean currents and affects everyone,” says Solberg.

The panel is looking forward to find the systems to stop over fishing. It is also planning to develop measures to minimize plastic and prevent acidification.

“We will develop economic arguments. There must be systems for monitoring and common rules of play to stop overfishing and looting of resources, measures against plastic, and measures for drainage from land that lead to acidification. It’s about understanding the context in the priorities and ability to see the whole of what’s happening, “says Solberg.

The ocean panel will submit the final report by 2020, at the beginning of the UN’s decade for the oceans.

Realize overexploitation of resources

The Prime Minister believes that those countries who have contributed in the overexploitation of oceans are about the realize that the profits of a country depends on its sustainable use and development.

“A country like Indonesia, for example, now sees that plastic in the ocean is affecting their tourism industry, and that it is a correlation between their economic development and the sustainable development of marine resources,” says Solberg.

On the other hand there are those who fight for absolute protection.

– Initiatives to protect a particular marine area, a specific coral reef or the like can in itself be fine enough. But it does not solve today’s challenges that acidification as a result of climate change follows ocean currents. When the weather becomes more dominant, the imbalance increases, says Solberg.

Marine Research Conference

Leaders from different countries, like, Australia, Chile, Fiji, Ghana, Indonesia, Jamaica, Japan, Mexico, Namibia and Portugal are in the UN Sea Panel together with Solberg and Remengesau Jr.

The panel was launched in January. Erna Solberg said at the moment “The sea has enormous potential for meeting the world’s resource needs, providing new jobs and contributing to economic and social development”.

In addition to sustainable fishing and pollution, marine-based energy solutions, tourism and protection of marine vulnerable areas are also on the mission list. In coming days, marine scientists will play a crucial role in contributing knowledge and suggestions on how the sea crisis can be solved.

“The researchers can talk a lot about biological contexts. Then the panel must turn this into economics. Point out what this means for jobs and economic development. Explain what happens if we delay the work of keeping the seas clean. Ensure that countries pursue economic crime, such as predatory fishing, often with unintentionally many actors, “said Solberg.

A marine research conference in Bergen at the end of November-December is the next step after the UN meeting, according to Solberg.


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