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Conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources.

"Our oceans — their temperature, circulation, chemistry, and ecosystems — play a fundamental role in making Earth habitable.

Our rainwater, drinking water, weather, climate, coastlines, much of our food, and even the oxygen in the air we breathe, are all ultimately provided and regulated by the sea. Throughout history, oceans and seas have been vital conduits for trade and transportation. Careful management of this essential global resource is a key feature of a sustainable future."

Target 14.1: Reduce marine pollution.

 Indicator 14.1.1 is the index of coastal eutrophication and floating plastic debris density.

Target 14.2: Protect and restore ecosystems.

Indicator 14.2.1 is the proportion of national exclusive economic zones managed using ecosystem-based approaches.

Target 14.3: Reduce ocean acidification.

Indicator 14.3.1 is the average marine acidity (pH) measured at agreed suite of representative sampling stations.

Target 14.4: Sustainable fishing.

Indicator 14.4.1 is the proportion of fish stocks within biologically sustainable levels.

Target 14.5: Conserve coastal and marine areas.

 Indicator 14.5.1 is the coverage of protected areas in relation to marine areas.

Target 14.6: End subsidies contributing to overfishing.

Indicator 14.6.1 is progress by countries in the degree of implementation of international instruments aiming to combat illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing.

Target 14.7: Increase the economic benefits from sustainable use of marine resources.

Indicator 14.7.1 is sustainable fisheries as a proportion of GDP.

Target 14.A: Increase scientific knowledge, research and technology for ocean health.

Indicator 14.A.1 is the proportion of total research budget allocated to research in the field of marine technology.

Target 14.B: Support small scale fishers.

Indicator 14.B.1 is progress by countries in the degree of application of a legal/regulatory/policy/institutional framework which recognizes and protects access rights for small-scale fisheries.

Target 14.C: Implement and enforce international sea law.

Indicator 14.C.1 is the number of countries making progress in ratifying, accepting and implementing through legal, policy and institutional frameworks, ocean-related instruments that implement international law, as reflected in the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea. Go to goal 15.

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