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Every year we celebrate World Oceans Day to remind everyone of the major role the oceans have in everyday life. In return we owe it to the ocean to take action to protect it as best we can. The EU plays an important part in ocean activism. Three years ago, together with the High Representative Federica Mogherini, the EU set out an International Ocean Governance agenda, for the future of our oceans, proposing 50 actions for safe, secure, clean and sustainably managed oceans in Europe and around the world.
13 March 2017… A group of Somali pirates hijacked an oil tanker off the coast of Somalia with eight sailors on board. Less than four days later the crew was safely back on land, thanks to the EU's military operation EU NAVFOR Operation Atalanta and the key support of the EU's Satellite Centre. EU satellite intelligence was instrumental in helping EU military mission in its fight against piracy, guaranteeing maritime security and human safety.
For the past 10 years the EU has successfully deployed a CSDP military naval operation to fight piracy off the coast of Somalia. Today the threat of piracy has been minimised. At the same time the operation was tasked with monitoring fishing activity and reporting any illegal activity. Improved security conditions now allow communities to engage in fishing activities supported by EU and UN missions and initiatives.
The European Union has pledged close to EUR 300 million to conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources during its participation at the Our Ocean Conference in Bali, Indonesia. This comes on top of the EUR 550 million in commitments made by the EU in 2017, when it hosted the conference in Malta.