Work­ing to pro­tect the ocean

Blue Marine Foundation

BLUE aims to restore the ocean to health by address­ing over­fish­ing, one of the world’s biggest envi­ron­men­tal prob­lems. BLUE’s mis­sion is to see at least 30 per cent of the world’s ocean under effec­tive pro­tec­tion by 2030 and the oth­er 70 per cent man­aged in a respon­si­ble way.

BLUE has devel­oped five key strate­gic inter­ven­tions to improve the health of the ocean: 

  1. Secure effec­tive marine pro­tect­ed areas to ensure the pro­tec­tion of at least 30 per cent of the ocean by 2030
  2. Devel­op mod­els of sus­tain­able fish­ing, prov­ing that low-impact fish­ing ben­e­fits marine life, local fish­ers and communities. 
  3. Tack­le unsus­tain­able marine activ­i­ties by high­light­ing and tack­ling poor practice. 
  4. Restore marine habi­tats to revive and pro­tect vul­ner­a­ble and threat­ened species and to sequester carbon. 
  5. Con­nect peo­ple with the sea and enhance ocean under­stand­ing across generations.

BLUE works using a com­bi­na­tion of top-down inter­ven­tion to improve gov­er­nance of the seas and bot­tom-up project deliv­ery to help local com­mu­ni­ties who are at the front line of ocean conservation.

With this project, BLUE will inves­ti­gate the role of pub­lic bod­ies in the pro­mo­tion and gov­er­nance of salmon farm­ing and seek to make pub­lic bod­ies account­able for the record­ed ill-effects of open pen salmon aquaculture.

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