Welcome to the PEMSEA Blue Economy Bulletin for August 2021. Preparations for the 7th East Asian Seas (EAS) Ministerial Forum have officially started. The Ministerial Forum will be held virtually on 2 December 2021 during the East Asian Seas (EAS) Congress 2021. This month, UN ESCAP, Plymouth Marine Laboratory, PEMSEA and other partners co-organized a workshop focusing on innovative approaches to evidence-based plastic pollution prevention.
One of the PEMSEA’s interns shared her thoughts on International Youth Day, highlighting the role of youth in ocean sustainability for the East Asian region.
PEMSEA is delighted to share more details on the EAS Congress events on the 2021 EAS Congress website. In particular, the line-up of EAS Congress 2021 collabs taking place this September is available on the PEMSEA website. Registration is ongoing for an Online GIS Training for Marine Spatial Planning and Management until 15 September 2021.
The region continues to move against marine pollution. Funding from the Japanese government has allowed Legazpi and two other cities in the Philippines to improve their waste management systems. In Japan itself, numerous beverage vendors have switched from plastic containers to aluminium ones. Likewise, seaweed innovation has the potential to contribute to bioplastic production in Indonesia.
To help achieve sustainable fisheries, the Indonesian Ministry of Marine Affairs and Fisheries launched a national fish stock assessment to help policymakers determine and improve sustainable planning in marine capture fisheries. The seaweed and shellfish aquaculture sectors in RO Korea may provide ecosystem services related to coastal nutrient management. Meanwhile, innovation in food science development is providing new alternatives to wild fisheries.
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