Kiribati and US call for concerted global action to protect oceans

US Secretary of State John Kerry says protecting oceans and sea life from the effects of climate change is a “vital international security issue”.

US Secretary of State John Kerry has called for a global regime to protect the oceans, which he said were under threat from too much fishing, acidification from climate change and marine pollution.

Mr Kerry opened the two-day ‘Our Ocean’ conference at the State Department on Monday with a call for all nations to move beyond talks and studies to taking specific steps toward a global agreement to protect the oceans.

“We are not going to meet this challenge unless the community of nations comes together around a single comprehensive global ocean strategy,” he said.

Joining Mr Kerry was Kiribati President Anote Tong, who said the small Pacific nation would ban commercial fishing from its Phoenix Islands Protected Area by January 1.

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