World Oceans Day

Fiji Times Online:

Thursday, 09th June 2016

More than 98 per cent of the Pacific Island region is covered by the ocean and as Pacific Islanders, we depend on its health for our own and that of our planet.

This was the message by Pacific Ocean Commissioner Dame Meg Taylor as World Oceans Day was celebrated yesterday with the theme Healthy Oceans, Healthy Planet.

"Our ocean covers a third of the globe, we must celebrate it and protect it and our voice must be heard, our leadership matters," Dame Taylor said.

"Events are planned around the globe to celebrate the ocean, which for Pacific people links us all, economically, socially, environmentally and importantly, culturally.

"The ocean, climate and weather are linked and the impacts of climate change on our ocean are already being felt by many of us, but we are strong and we will not give up on our ocean, our homes or our future and we ask the same of the world."

Ms Taylor said she was an advocate for improved co-operation, co-ordination and collaboration in the region and said people must practise sustainable use, management and governance of the Pacific Ocean and its resources.

"The Pacific Ocean is the largest body of water on the planet and hosts some of its richest marine ecosystems and as a result the ocean and its extensive resources remain central to the lives and future prosperity of Pacific Island people.

"Pacific Island countries and territories demonstrate unprecedented ocean leadership such as innovative management measures for some of the largest and healthiest remaining tuna stocks in the world."

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