The ocean - covering 70 percent of our blue planet - sustains all life on Earth and regulates the climate.

 

- How can Europe stop ocean exploitation, degradation and overfishing?

- How can we ensure a sustainable marine life in the future?

 

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I believe that the most important problem endangering marine life at the moment has to do with the consumption of plastics. The amount of plastic in the oceans, the seas and the beaches has reached new unbelievable amounts. These amounts are not measurable easily and of course they are not “corrected” easily either. That is why I strongly believe that the way to protect our oceans at this point, is not to try and pollute them less, but to gradually diminuish our plastic consumption. For example, recycling is indeed helpful so that the used plastic products do not end up in the oceans but wouldn’t it be better and more radical if we did not use plastic products where it is not necessary? If plastic consumption reduction begun from each individual’s home, then it would make a great different at a global level. The European Union has already showed great interest in trying to protect our planet. Something more concrete that could be done is a more strict and uniform way of applying those ideas, like the ban of plastic bags in all EU countries, the ban of plastic cups and straws and a more uniform recycling policy in all countries that focuses also on citizen awareness raising as to how they should recycle correctly. Last but not least, I believe that a more broad and transparent information sharing regarding how and what ends up in the oceans and seas would significantly help people to adopt a plastic free way of life.
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I wonder if the problem of the plastic in the oceans is the over-use of the plastic for the packaging or the bad disposal of it caused by rude people.
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Just... STOP THE CONSUMING SOCIETY !! No more consuming society, no more plastic, overfishing and insane exploitation, no more problems !
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- Stricter law enforcements should be applied to violators such as illegal fish men. - Start campaigns informing people of the catastrophic effects of pollution. Empower beaches with trash bins and recycle bins. Europe should deny companies and factories to throw toxic chemicals in rivers and seas. Also, EU should deny the dumping of oil in the seas by large ships.
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The best solution of protecting our planet is to raise people's awareness of this problem. We have to start doing that through education. Moreover, The European Union has to establish a clear policy concerning the protection of the environment. All the entreprises or factories that do not respect our planet has to be penalised.

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As a lot of waste and especially plastic ends up in the water, I believe educate people on the issue is very important but there are also some other small things we can do. Personally, I upcycle , I recyple, I rarely consume meat, I use a bike or public transport and I am using fabric bags for shopping. BUT there is something that I cannot change! The situation in the super markets. As I am not able to often go to an open market, I am going to the supermarkets where I see cucumbers having plastic arround them. Do we really need this? Nature has a way to protect it! Bananas packed in plastic as well. But why? we can just put a sticker on them. I would really like to see EU taking some action on how companies are using materials such as plastic as well.
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The only way of ensuring a sustainable marine life is by STOP fishing altogether. For every 1 pound of fish, another 5 pounds is caught as by-fish. There are many ocean dead zones due to lack of oxygen and over fishing. By 2048 we could face empty oceans due to over-fishing and other threats caused by humans such as climate change and pollution. Fish are sentient beings. They can feel pain, too. sources/read for yourself: http://www.cowspiracy.com/infographic https://www.peta.org/living/food/eat-fish/
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It would be great if we could send big ships to the plastic islands to fish them out. Furthermore we should forbid a lot of plastic we use for packages.

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1. Europe (or member states but it would be better if Europe does it because some member states may refuse) could invest in law enforcement who patrol the waters using boats/ships to monitor and ensure that all fisherman/fisherwoman are obeying the rules and if they do not they will be punished accordingly. 2. Use experiment methods to encourage more people to prevent people from dumping waste and that waste ending up in our oceans. For example, there should be a measure taken to reduce the amount of plastic used because much of the plastic we do use ends up in the ocean and affects marine life.

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European efforts to stop ocean overfishing should be centred on regional aspects. Europe cannot have a unique policy directing the Mediterranean Sea, the Black Sea and the North Sea and the Baltic Sea as each location has specific challenges and environments. The creation of quotas to avoid over-fishing, even though a noble idea to develop sustainable fisheries, has lead to another problem: the jettison of dead or dying fishes. Thus, quotas policies should be revised and marginalised quotas should be put in place. Fishery could be legal within a defined spectrum ranging from Legal Fishery, Fishery Limit (Legal to reach, illegal to continue once reached), and Illegal Fishery. Finally, incentive has been proven to be a great way to incite policies to be respected, transforming the feeling toward policies from a burden to a relief. Economic incentive for private companies should although not be a priority, indeed these could be of great cost to Europe and impact negatively on ocean protection perspective. Official European seal of approval on companies promoting sustainable ocean, in the forms of already existing initiatives like the ‘seafood watch app’, could be of benefit for Europe in two ways. First, it would be of interest to companies as this seal of approval could promote them to the wider public. The companies would be renowned as being good for the environment and benefit from free advertisement from the European Union. Second, this same wider public would have way easier access to the information on the “greener” solution available to them. Indeed, now it is not the clearest system to know which fish is sustainable and which comes from industries responsible for the pillage of the ocean. It could also have a double effect in interesting European citizen to the protection of the ocean and spread the message for its protection.

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