A new group formed to protect to the world's oceans

  • 12 February 2013
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Pollution and overfishing are leading to an 'emergency' in our oceans, a new group of politicians has warned.

The Global Ocean Commission's aim is to better protect the world's oceans.

Almost half the Earth's surface is covered by what's known as high seas, stretches of water that aren't controlled by specific countries.

The Commission's co-chair, David Miliband, said more needs to be done to save these parts of the ocean from illegal fishing and drilling.

Mr Miliband is a former UK Foreign Secretary. Together with politicians from around the world, he will look at a set of old laws that govern the high seas.

The UN Convention on the Law of the Seas (UNCLOS) is now 30 years old and some people say it doesn't go far enough to protect our oceans.

Technology can help

Watch Nel interview David Miliband...

Speaking to Newsround, Mr Miliband said:

"At the moment there's an emergency in the oceans. There are no proper laws - ships can go out to the high seas, no-one can detect them."

"They can fish all the fish and then come into port and no-one's the wiser. That's a real problem."

"Technology can help us survey what's going on in the high seas."

"Through satellites or though beacons we think we can track ships that are out there in the high seas, monitor what they're taking out of the sea and protect and preserve the oceans for future generations."