Branson Asks, We Answer
Richard Branson Asks, We Answer – Here are our top 10 best & worst nations protecting the oceans
This was not an easy questions to answer. Our beautiful blue planet is plagued with problems. Some nations are playing catch up while others are actively trying to restore the health and vitality of our oceans.
We came up with a short list of ocean offenders and an even shorter list of the best countries protecting the ocean. No one has won the title best protector, possibly least worst offender.
We need to see more legislative change, regulations on fishing – especially the major migratory fish, the creation of many more MPA’s and loads more research.
Less than 2% of the ocean is explored. Did you know there are only 5 oceanographers who study ocean currents?! The ocean is big – beautiful – powerful and needs our protection. We are here to help give it a voice.
Read our answers after the jump:
The worst Nations in our opinion are:
- South Korea
To sum up why we chose these ten as the worst because they are guilty of these atrocities:
- Unsustainable fishing
- They are all vocally or tacitly against ecosystem-based management of fisheries and marine ecosystems
- They blatantly break catch quotas nor follow fishing regulations
- Many of them have poor safety records
- Many are guilty of violations of human rights at sea
- Corruption in fishing regulation
- Abuse of fisheries partnership agreements
As for the best players here is our short list, sadly we could not make it to 10:
- South Africa
- United Kingdom
These nations are working towards and are practicing:
- Practice good marine policies
- They are adopting new MPAs
- Working towards total sustainably managed fisheries
- Pro conservation research