Petition Update

Securing a living ocean, food and prosperity

Paul Martin, Commissioner, Global Ocean Commission

Jul 11, 2014 — Dear Friends

Thank you very much for signing our petition to UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon proposing a new agreement to protect the high seas and restore ocean health.

I'm delighted to tell you that the campaign is going well - in just the first week, more than 80,000 people added their voice alongside yours!

In conjunction with this petition, the Global Ocean Commission released its overall rescue package for the ocean. We had some excellent media coverage - including this piece in The Globe and Mail - and you can find out more about our proposals on the Mission Ocean site -

We know what needs to be done to restore ocean health but we can't do it alone.

The ocean is in decline as a result of pollution, overfishing and other damaging activities. The good news is that we have a chance to turn things around this September when the United Nations will discuss the future of the high seas and how they should be governed.

I'd like to ask you to invite your friends to join the mission - a healthy, living ocean is nothing less than our life support system on Earth. It's vital that we start turning the tide on ocean decline now and that as many people as possible join the call for action.

Please share my petition via Twitter or Facebook, or by e-mail, and ask your friends and family to join the mission of a lifetime.

It's time to extend the rule of law to the deep blue half of our planet. We need a new international agreement to secure ocean health and the sustainable and equitable use and conservation of high seas resources.

Thank you again for your support.


Paul Martin
Global Ocean Commission

Mission Ocean - Dashboard
Mission Ocean - Dashboard
The Global Ocean Commission has been on a voyage of discovery about the global ocean - its importance, its peril and its potential. They listened to experts from science, academia, business and NGOs and identified eight proposals that show what needs to be done to stimulate a cycle of ocean recovery.