Global conference on ocean economy begins

February 11, 2019

Ocean Economy & Future Technology Conference, a three-day international conference organised for the first time in Oman, began on Monday under the auspices of H H Sayyid Shihab bin Tariq al Said, Advisor to His Majesty Sultan Qaboos bin Said and the chairman of The Research Council.

The conference held at the Oman Convention & Exhibition Centre is being attended by over 900 delegates from 30 countries. The event will witness presentations from 86 speakers on different aspects of the ocean economy.

The conference will touch upon trends that are forming the future ocean economy, including disruptive technologies, oceanology concepts and international case studies.

Peter Thomson, United Nations Secretary General’s special envoy for the ocean, delivered the keynote address at the conference. He said, “It is a matter of great concern that oceans across the world have been the victim of relentless exploitation, overfishing, and dumping of untreated industrial effluent. All these factors along with the global warming could result in a net loss of total coral reefs, essential for supporting marine life, across the world.”

Stressing on need for long-term sustainable technologies to control pollution, Thomson said billions of people across many countries in all continents are depended on sea for protein and food requirements, so it is very important to control the rising pollution of sea waters.

He added that the research by various UN organisations shows that the world’s oceans provide livelihoods for more than 3bn people from fishing alone, directly or indirectly, employing in excess of 200mn.