Closed – Sustainable Seas Inquiry Launched


Closed 5 pm on Wednesday 16th May 2018


The Environmental Audit Committee has launched an inquiry on the future of the sea, examining how marine life can be protected from threats such as climate change, overfishing and pollution, and how the Government can create a more sustainable blue economy.


The UK has commitments under the UN’s Global Goals for Sustainable Development to promote the health of the ocean, including Goal 14 ‘Life below water’ which states: Conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources for sustainable development. It is also a signatory to the Convention on Biological Diversity and has also signed up to the Aichi Biodiversity Targets to ensure 10% of the ocean is conserved and protected by 2020 – only 3% is currently protected.


With its 14 Overseas Territories, the UK is responsible for 6.8m sq km of ocean, nearly 30 times the size of the UK itself.


The Committee will be focusing its inquiry on three areas:


  • The impact of environmental changes and the legal framework protecting ocean biodiversity
  • A sustainable blue economy
  • The impact of marine industries, science and innovation, and blue finance


Mary Creagh MP, Chair of the Environmental Audit Committee, said:


“We have only one ocean, and we all have a duty to care for it. The ocean plays a critical role in the daily lives of billions of people who live by it and whose livelihoods depend on it. Today it is suffering from pollution and plastic waste, climate change and acidification, as well as growing demands on its resources. Our inquiry will shine a spotlight on the threats to our ocean, and ask what more the Government could be doing to protect it. We will look at emerging marine industries, and how the Government can build a sustainable ‘blue’ economy.”

For more information, and to respond to the inquiry, follow this link.


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