Tanzania reiterates call to address challenges facing world's oceans

DAR ES SALAAM, July 19 (Xinhua) -- Tanzanian Vice-President Philip Mpango on Tuesday called on the international community to address challenges facing the world's oceans, including climate change.

Mpango said the world's oceans and seas continue to suffer from the increased acidification, coral bleaching, eutrophication, marine litter and microplastics, and land-based sources of pollution along with climate change effects.

"This indeed endangers the planet's largest ecosystem and billions of livelihoods depending on them," he said when he addressed the UN workshop on regular process for global reporting and assessment of the marine environment in the commercial capital Dar es Salaam.

He said the ocean plays a role in almost every aspect of life on earth including food systems, climate stabilization, transport, livelihood and health.

However, it is sad to see that, despite the understanding of such potential, the ocean remains to be under-appreciated resource in the planet, said Mpango.

"We should not allow for this to continue. It is about time we find ways to properly regulate and responsibly manage our activities in the oceans," said Mpango.

He reiterated that Tanzania has attempted to put forth appropriate measures, including a total ban on single-use plastic carrier bags, dedicating marine protected areas, controlling blast fishing and strengthening surveillance and monitoring of deep-sea fishing activities to protect the quality of the marine environment and livelihood.

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