The Global Ocean Commission (GOC) – an independent commission aimed at tackling issues facing the high seas - is seeking views on how to reverse degradation of the oceans and restore them to full, sustainable productivity.

The GOC launched an online survey that aims to gather expertise from every sector of society and every part of the world. Responses will help write its roadmap for ocean restoration, due for publication early next year, and will provide input to the United Nations General Assembly work to protect high-seas biodiversity. To take part in the consultation, visit globaloceancommission.org

Two thirds of commercial high seas fish stocks are over-exploited and/or depleted – a higher proportion than in coastal waters. Lack of monitoring, lack of policing and the complex structure of governance have all been cited as reasons for the high seas’ rapid decline.

The Commission’s next meeting will take place in Oxford, UK, in late November.

José María Figueres, former President of Costa Rica, co-chairs the Global Ocean Commission with Trevor Manuel, South African Minister in the Presidency, and David Miliband, former UK Foreign Secretary and incoming President of the International Rescue Committee.

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