WORLD BANK PRESIDENT CALLS FOR INCREASED OCEAN PROTECTION
The World Bank launched the Global Partnership for Oceans, a coalition of governments, nongovernmental organizations, and other groups, to protect oceans. The partnership aims to raise $1.5 billion in five years, and proposed targets for the Global Partnership for Oceans include rebuilding at least half of the world's fishing stocks. "The facts don't lie . . . we are not doing enough, we are not accomplishing enough, and the oceans continue to get sick and die," said World Bank president Robert Zoellick. Zoellick said that marine protected areas should be more than doubled. The initiative, which he described as a "new approach," is partially designed to protect livelihoods in the developing world, where over half a billion people depend on fishing. In some Pacific Island countries, fish make up as much as 80 percent of total exports. The proposal also called for the expansion of aquaculture to alleviate pressures on wild stocks. For the full story, see http://www.guardian.co.uk/environment/2012/feb/24/world-bank-coalition-marine-protection?newsfeed=true and http://www.heraldsun.com.au/news/world/world-bank-calls-for-action-to-save-ocean/story-e6frf7lf-1226281100114.