Rebecca Hubbard, Programme Director for Our Fish explains – at the COP27 Nature Positive Pavilion – the crucial role that fish play as the ocean’s carbon engineers and calls for UNFCCC & UN to mainstream good fisheries management as good carbon management.
The ocean is the largest store of carbon on the planet, and without it, the Earth would be 35 degrees hotter. Fish are keystones of the ocean’s biological pump, the system constantly at work capturing and storing excess carbon from the atmosphere and protecting us from the worst impacts of climate change. That’s why the protection of fish and their habitats as natural carbon engineers should be mainstreamed within the UNFCCC.
Unless urgent and comprehensive action is taken, we are heading towards societal collapse as a result of breaching multiple planetary boundaries. Our Fish proposes 6 clear recommendations for Parties to the UNFCCC COP that would ensure fish can fulfil their critical role as carbon engineers and help deliver climate action.
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