The United States and China put the Ocean on their Political Agenda

“China and the United States – the two largest economies in the world, two of the top fishing nations in the world, and two of the global leaders in ocean science – have a very real opportunity to come together to deal with conserving and protecting the ocean.”

— U.S. Secretary of State John F. Kerry

Source State Dept Twitter

Today, the United States and China decided to:

  • Combat marine litter through stronger waste management and public awareness practices in China and the United States
  • Recognize the importance of establishing a Marine Protected Area (MPA) in Antarctica’s Ross Sea
  • Combat illegal, unreported, and unregulated (IUU) fishing
  • Expand cooperation among both countries’ coast guards and maritime enforcement authorities
  • Strengthen U.S.-China cooperation to support international work on ocean conservation

The United States and China will continue their cooperation on ocean issues in the lead up to the Our Ocean conference in Chile this October and beyond.

Read Full Press Release here

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