At our next Green Drinks on Monday 29 February 2016, we warmly welcome guest speakers from OceanCare. Dr. Silvia Frey will give an insight into their work, specifically the current Silent Oceans campaign. In many marine areas, levels of human-generated noise have doubled every decade for the past 60 years, a life-threatening trend for many marine mammals. Please log in and visit our events page for more details! If you’re not a member yet, simply register (it’s free).
OceanCare, a nongovernmental organisation (NGO) based in Wädenswil near Zürich, has been working for the protection of marine mammals and oceans since 1989. With research and conservation projects, campaigns, environmental education as well as its contributions to a range of important international committees, OceanCare has undertaken concrete steps worldwide to improve the conditions of life in the world’s oceans. In 2011, OceanCare was granted Special Consultative Status with the Economic and Social Council of the United Nations to provide expert advise on questions surrounding the protection of the marine environment.
OceanCare has been combatting Ocean Noise Pollution (ONP) since 2002. In tackling this severe problem, OceanCare – together with the International Ocean Noise Coalition (IONC) – have proposed ONP as an agenda item to the UN General Assembly; and furthermore continue to raise this issue in other important international committees in an attempt to ensure that noise is being properly regulated and reduced. OceanCare also focuses on the reduction of marine pollution which is caused by a myriad of substances, such as plastic, oil and chemicals.
Since 1992, OceanCare has represented the interests of cetaceans within the forum of the International Whaling Commission (IWC). In so doing, OceanCare prioritises – among other things – the ban on whaling as well as raising awareness about the health threats of human consumption of contaminated whale and dolphin products.
Conservation of biodiversity
OceanCare maintains various conservation projects for threatened marine mammals and has done so since 1997 with a continued commitment to preserving and increasing marine habitat, especially at deep sea levels. In 2004, the UNEP/CMS Agreement on the Conservation of Cetaceans in the Black Sea, Mediterranean Sea and Contigous Atlantic Area (ACCOBAMS) acknowledged OceanCare as a partner organisation.
As a member of the OCEAN2012 coalition, OceanCare suggests various reforms and has made various submissions to the EU concerning fishing methods, fishing quota as well as the enforcement of fishing rules and regulations.
As an expert in marine protection, OceanCare liaises with media and supports endeavours of travel industry with regard to sustainability. Moreover, through environmental campaigns OceanCare calls for responsible actions – among others – in relation to fish consumption and the use of plastic.
OceanCare selects complex and controversial issues surrounding marine conservation and takes concrete steps to improve the marine environment. Networking with partner organisations worldwide, OceanCare collaborates with leading researches and is respected by international policy makers. Their work is financed by members, donors, and charitable foundations, seeing more than 80 percent of donations invested in urgent projects to protect marine mammals and the oceans. For more information, please visit their website.