EU announces €1 billion worth of commitments to protect the ocean

At the Our Ocean Conference (OOC) in Palau, the EU has renewed its pledges towards international Ocean governance. Presenting a list of 44 commitments for the 2020-2022 period for an amount of almost €1 billion, the EU has brought forward its most important commitments ever offered during an Our Ocean Conference, in terms of value. The Our Ocean Conference is a key moment for countries across the world, civil society, and industry to commit to concrete and significant actions to protect the ocean. The theme of 2022 edition is ‘Our…

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Ocean’s Digital Creative Competition returns with a £500,000 prize fund

Entries are now open for Ocean’s annual digital creative competition which returns for 2021 with a £500,000 prize pot. This year there are two categories – one for brands and a second for charities. Entrants are invited to submit original concepts, six of which will appear on Ocean’s premium full-motion digital out of home (DOOH) platform in multiple retail and city environments including Westfield London and Westfield Stratford City and Canary Wharf. Other stand-out UK wide digital formats include The Grid which covers 10 UK cities, The Loop networks in Manchester and Birmingham city centres…

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From coast to kitchen – plastic destined for the ocean to be used in Waitrose packaging

As part of ongoing commitments to be more sustainable, Waitrose pledges to help intercept and reuse more plastic packaging thrown away at high risk coastal areas before it ends up in the Ocean POP-ular products: Over 100 tonnes of Prevented Ocean Plastic estimated to be used across 71 product family favourites UK first: Waitrose will be the first supermarket in the UK to use POP in packaging used for its best selling own label ready meals To coincide with World Ocean Day (June 8), Waitrose has pledged to use more…

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Study in Nature: Protecting the Ocean Delivers a Comprehensive Solution for Climate, Fishing and Biodiversity

A new study published in the prestigious peer-reviewed scientific journal Nature offers a combined solution to several of humanity’s most pressing challenges. It is the most comprehensive assessment to date of where strict ocean protection can contribute to a more abundant supply of healthy seafood and provide a cheap, natural solution to address climate change—in addition to protecting embattled species and habitats. An international team of 26 authors identified specific areas that, if protected, would safeguard over 80% of the habitats for endangered marine species, and increase fishing catches by…

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Asda steps up the fight against plastic pollution in the ocean

Asda has announced it will be stepping up the fight against plastic pollution as the retailer launches its ‘Fishing for Plastic’ initiative. In a bid to tackle the amount of plastic that finds its way into the sea, Asda is equipping all its supplier’s fleets with hardwearing and durable bags so that crews on over 500 vessels can now collect harmful plastic waste whilst bringing in the catch. Bottles, plastic carrier bags and marine waste are amongst some of the most commonly found plastics that pollute the waters, but now…

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