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Protect the Ocean by Supporting the High Seas Treaty

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Update: On June 19th, 2023, global delegates formally adopted the High Seas treaty in New York. Once 60 countries have ratified the treaty, it will be entered into force and become international law.

Today, nearly half the planet is unprotected and vulnerable to exploitation.

This ocean area that lies outside of any country’s jurisdiction is known as the High Seas and covers over 60 percent of the ocean. This global commons is critical to the health of the entire ocean.

It is one of the largest reservoirs of biodiversity on the planet and is a crucial component in several of the Earth’s systems and cycles, providing a multitude of ecosystem services. Many species, such as whales, tunas, sharks, and turtles spend much of their lives traveling along the highways of the High Seas to feeding, spawning, and breeding grounds. 

The bottlenose dolphin is a common sight in coastal waters around the world, but it also maintains large populations offshore · Jorge Cervera Hauser
From the biggest and smallest marine species to humans all over the globe, all life depends on healthy High Seas now and into the future · Jorge Cervera Hauser

But despite its size and importance, only 1.2% of the High Seas have been protected, because it lacks clear rules to establish protected areas leaving its marine life vulnerable to exploitation.

Human-related threats include unsustainable and illegal fishing, shipping traffic, noise pollution, seabed mining, plastic and chemical pollution, and acidifying and warming waters as a result of the climate crisis.

Rare sea lions are among the tens of species at risk of being injured or killed by these huge driftnets · Howard Hall
Shawn Heinrichs
Howard Hall

Following nearly 20 years of discussions at the United Nations, governments are in the final stages of negotiating a new United Nations Treaty that would ensure the meaningful protection of ocean life found in this great global commons. This will be a key step towards moving the planet closer to the goal of protecting at least 30 percent of the ocean by 2030, the minimum level of protection scientists recommend for a healthy ocean.

Add your name to urge your government and other world leaders to take action and support a strong High Seas Treaty and help build momentum by sharing the campaign on Facebook and Twitter.
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Temarii, Mickaël S

c'est notre responsabilité de protéger l'environnement.

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SHARON B

I care. what else is there to say!

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said D

Said Dabiry

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Samantha A

we all need to save our planet.

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Esther M

we need to save our oceans and all creatures in them

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kathy a

if the seas die then we all die

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rita R

the oceans need a lot more protection!

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Chris B

The health of the oceans on our planet needs protecting and people need to be made aware of the consequences of not protecting them

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Lisa Marie S

it’s imperative

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Geri C

The people in power have to see how important this is and how we depend on them to make the right decisions on our behalf.

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Philip E

Earth's oceans are a precious asset to our survival. We have to protect them at all costs. Something has to be done about the islands of plastic in ou…

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Vanessa M

Our oceans need protecting from harmful human endeavors starting now

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Margaret H

neutrality is important

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Cliff C

Keep these high seas Pirates from the World's Oceans. Stop all processing ships , dragger, seiners and go back to only trolling & jigging for fish. Sa…

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Claire R

we have only one chance to do this right

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Miriam R

we have only one chance to do this right

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Chanelle C

it vital

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Matthew S

I want to live on a healthy planet.

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Adriana R

This Protects seas and our future

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Amy T

We are connected to this Earth and if she suffers, we suffer. We need to care.

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Jean M

we as hunans will eventually die aling with every species in the ocean

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Pathricia T

The ocean affects us all in positive ways, no matter if you live on the coastline or in the desert. It provides climate regulation, food, jobs, liveli…

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Maurice O

We need to see international efforts to protect the oceans. Our futures depend on it.

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Joanna G

We need to urgentjy protect our Oceans and all life in it!

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Cláudia A

It's our duty

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