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Diagnosis of the Vulnerability and Impact of Covid-19 on the Moroccan Fisheries Sector (APRIL 27, 2021): COVID-19 crisis has unevenly affected all aspects of the fishery sector: the fished species, the destination of the product and the value chain.  However, the authorities encouraged the sustainability of the fishing activity by giving priority to the supply of the domestic market. The drop in activity has affected the income of fishermen less seriously than expected. In contrast, the shock of COVID-19 has severely affected workers in fish processing industries, especially the canned fish production. This note presents the main findings from a rapid diagnosis of the impact of COVID-19 on the fisheries sector and its vulnerability.  
Rapid Fishery and Aquaculture Sector Diagnosis Using Fishery Performance Indicators in the Gaza Strip
 - This report is prepared with the objective of conducting a rapid diagnosis of the fisheries sector and establishing an overview of it in the Gaza Strip (GS). The fisheries and aquaculture sector in the GS have many challenges, including institutional structure, movement constraints of people and goods, degraded infrastructure, and deteriorating vessels. Despite various challenges, the sector has some promising characteristics. These include: (i) a relatively well-organized fishing industry, (ii) existing and emerging entrepreneurship in aquaculture, and (iii) a local knowledge base within the academic community in the GS. A rapid diagnosis and understanding of the current state of the fisheries sector is a first step towards potential future engagement. The fishery performance indicators (FPIs) were selected as the rapid sector assessment instrument for economic, community, and ecological outcomes of fisheries. The FPIs have been applied to different fisheries in different countries. In this report, the instrument was applied to overall fisheries, as opposed to specific fisheries, in the GS. As a prerequisite to applying FPI scoring, a descriptive fishery profile was developed.
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The Potential of the Blue Economy : Increasing Long-term Benefits of the Sustainable Use of Marine Resources for Small Island Developing States and Coastal Least Developed Countries - This report was drafted by a working group of United Nations entities, the World Bank, and other stakeholders to suggest a common understanding of the blue economy; to highlight the importance of such an approach, particularly for small island developing states and coastal least developed countries; to identify some of the key challenges its adoption poses; and to suggest some broad next steps that are called for in order to ensure its implementation. Although the term “blue economy” has been used in different ways, it is understood here as comprising the range of economic sectors and related policies that together determine whether the use of oceanic resources is sustainable. An important challenge of the blue economy is thus to understand and better manage the many aspects of oceanic sustainability, ranging from sustainable fisheries to ecosystem health to pollution. A second significant issue is the realization that the sustainable management of ocean resources requires collaboration across nation-states and across the public-private sectors, and on a scale that has not been previously achieved. This realization underscores the challenge facing the Small Island Developing States (SIDS) and Least Developed Countries (LDCs) as they turn to better managing their blue economies.
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Preventing Marine Plastics: A Circularity Approach - The World Bank and PROBLUE are transforming the lifecycle of plastic and helping countries move towards a circular economy. These interventions build a better world for all, especially for the world’s poorest. Download high-resolution.

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