The oceans, seas and marine resources are threatened by pollution, warming and acidification, disrupting marine ecosystems and the communities they support.
In some instances, improved regulation with effective monitoring and surveillance has successfully restored overfished stocks to biologically sustainable levels. However, the adoption of such measures has generally been slow, especially in many developing countries.
How can we pursue SDG14?
Strategies to mitigate the adverse effects of increased ocean acidification, pollution and abuse are needed to advance the sustainable use of oceans.
- Reduce waste because much of the waste produced on land ends up in the oceans. Stop using plastic bags and bottles, as their usage and disposal are substantial causes of marine pollution.
- Share information about the adverse effects of plastic use on the seas and oceans.
- Do not buy or use bottled water.
- Organise and engage in cleanup projects for rivers, seaside
- and oceans.
- Buy sustainably sourced local fish and support small-scale producers by shopping in local markets and shops.
- Implement policies and practices to protect ocean ecosystems impacted by business and supply chain activities.
- Research, develop and deploy products and services which help to reduce the impact on oceans and contribute to their restoration.
Reducing plastic waste
They also offer other products in glass, such as fruit juice, milkshakes, and water. When glass is not an option for businesses, they try to encourage the use of a pergal machine (a milk dispensing machine that can hold up to 24 pints of milk) thus reducing plastic waste. Their other primary source of product packaging is poly bottles which are 100% recyclable. In the UK, poly bottles are recycled and made into new plastic bottles.
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SDG14 aims to "Conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources for sustainable development".
It has associated aims that include:
Prevent and significantly reduce marine pollution of all kinds, in particular from land-based activities, including marine debris and nutrient pollution.
Sustainably manage and protect marine and coastal ecosystems to avoid significant adverse impacts.
Minimise and address the impacts of ocean acidification, including through enhanced scientific cooperation at all levels.
Effectively regulate harvesting and end overfishing, illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing and destructive fishing practices and implement science-based management plans.
Conserve at least 10 per cent of coastal and marine areas, consistent with national and international law and based on the best available scientific information.
Prohibit certain forms of fisheries subsidies which contribute to overcapacity and overfishing and ones that contribute to illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing.
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