As United Nations launches second-ever fully digital rendition of its annual World Oceans Day event on June 8, in partnership with Oceanic Global, chairman, Travel Writers’ Corps of Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ), Bayelsa State Council, Mr Piriye Kiyaramo has called on governors of littoral states in Nigeria to explore the possibility of establishing ocean-based industries, such as commercial fishing, aquaculture, seafood processing, marine shipping, port activities, shipbuilding, and coastal tourism.
He said the ocean economy which consists of the sum of the economic activities of ocean-based industries, including assets, goods and services provided by marine ecosystems is vital to the littoral states, tool for wealth and job creation for the teaming unemployed youths.
According to Mr Kiyaramo who also is the publisher and Editor-in-Chief of an Abuja based Blue Economy online newsmagazine, said: “even the World Bank explicitly stated that the blue economy includes established ocean industries, such as fisheries, tourism and marine transport, as well as new and emerging activities such as offshore renewable energy, aquaculture, seabed extractive activities and marine biotechnology and bioprospecting.”
He noted that the world’s oceans are a massive resource for sustainable development and a crucial buffer against climate change, informing that: “the ocean produces at least 50% of the planet’s oxygen, is home to most of earth’s biodiversity, nourishes billions of people and employs millions worldwide.”
“The ocean provides us with the necessary resources to survive: oxygen, water, and food. Even if you do not eat seafood, fishmeal is used to feed poultry and pork, as well as to organically fertilize crops for millennia. Fish and other seafood are vital for good nutrition.
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According to the World Bank, the blue economy is the “sustainable use of ocean resources for economic growth, improved livelihoods, and jobs, while preserving the health of ocean ecosystem.
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The event which brought together scientists, explorers, experts, and coastal communities from around the world to deepen the understanding of the ocean, explore possible connection to it, and discuss the need for building a new balance with the ocean that is inclusive, innovative and informed by those who depend on the it, as well as by lessons from the past.