Catalyzing Action for Our Ocean & Climate: How Seafood Can Lead the Way on World Ocean Day 2024

As we celebrate World Ocean Day (WOD) on June 8, 2024, we join people around the globe in recognizing the importance of our oceans. This year’s theme, “Catalyzing Action for Our Ocean & Climate,” emphasizes the urgent need for decisive action to protect our oceans and address climate change, with youth leadership at the forefront of this global movement. At the Global Seafood Alliance (GSA), we are inspired by this call to action and are committed to playing a pivotal role in fostering a responsible and healthy ocean.

Empowering Youth Leadership

Youth leadership is the driving force behind the transformative changes needed to protect our blue planet. The World Ocean Day Youth Advisory Council, comprising 25 youth leaders from 21 countries, exemplifies the power of collective action and passion. As Leena Joshi from India eloquently states, “Through our collective action, passion and dedication, we can protect our ocean and combat climate change for a more responsible future” (source: At GSA, we recognize and support the voices of these young leaders, understanding that their innovative ideas and enthusiasm are crucial in the fight against climate change and ocean degradation.

The Role of Seafood in Ocean and Climate Action

The seafood industry has a unique and significant role to play in this year’s WOD theme. Responsible seafood practices are essential for maintaining the health of our oceans and the well-being of the communities that depend on them. Here’s how the seafood sector can contribute to catalyzing action for our ocean and climate:

1. Promoting Responsible Fisheries and Aquaculture: Through initiatives like Best Aquaculture Practices (BAP) and Best Seafood Practices (BSP), GSA provides third-party assurances that ensure seafood is farmed and harvested responsibly. These certification programs help mitigate environmental impacts, promote biodiversity, and support responsible livelihoods for those working in the seafood industry.

2. Reducing Carbon Footprint: The seafood industry can lead by example in reducing carbon emissions. By optimizing supply chains, investing in energy-efficient technologies, and promoting responsible fishing methods, we can decrease the industry’s overall carbon footprint and contribute to global efforts to combat climate change. Not to mention fish farming has a lower carbon footprint than other types of animal farming.

3. Supporting Coastal Communities: The health of our oceans is intrinsically linked to the well-being of coastal communities. By ensuring responsible seafood practices, we help maintain the economic stability of these communities, providing jobs and food security while protecting the marine ecosystems they rely on.

Call to Action: What You Can Do

As we celebrate World Ocean Day, here are three ways you can make a difference:

1. Choose Certified Seafood: Look for the BAP label when purchasing seafood. BAP standards cover the entire aquaculture production chain and ensure your seafood is produced in a safe, responsible and ethical manner. By making informed choices, you support responsible practices that protect our oceans.

2. Advocate for Policy Change: Use your voice to advocate for stronger policies and regulations that protect our oceans. Engage with local, national, and international leaders to ensure that ocean conservation and climate action remain high on the agenda.

3. Reduce Plastic Use: Plastic pollution is a significant threat to ocean health. Reduce your use of single-use plastics, participate in local beach clean-ups, and promote recycling initiatives in your community. Every small action contributes to a larger impact.

Joining the Global Seafood Alliance Community

World Ocean Day is not just a one-day event; it’s a call to action for sustained efforts throughout the year. By joining the GSA community, you become part of a global movement dedicated to advancing responsible seafood practices. Together, we can drive positive change and ensure the health of our oceans for future generations.

At GSA, we are committed to supporting the youth leaders of today and tomorrow, fostering responsible seafood practices, and advocating for policies that protect our oceans. This World Ocean Day, let’s unite to catalyze action for our ocean and climate. Together, we can make a difference.

Learn more about how you can get involved and support responsible seafood practices at Global Seafood Alliance and World Ocean Day.