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The Secure Maritime Environment Research Centre
There is a pressing need for informed debate about the use of the ocean and the impact this has on the environment and on maritime security. Current discussion tends to be driven by western governments, with too little attention given to those in developing countries whose economic and social welfare depend on the sea. It is vital to achieve international consensus around regulation so that developing countries with little sway and the weakest infrastructures can effectively implement global policy.
Our legacy to future generations must include a responsible, sustainable and secure shipping and fishing industry. Shipping must play its part in delivering safe, efficient and economic transport that is not only socially beneficial, but also minimises environmental impact.