News - John Virdin

On World Oceans Day, the United Nations Development Programme hosted “A Conversation with the 2020 UNDP Ocean Innovators” that highlighted a suite of inspirational ocean protection and restoration projects UNDP is supporting through the Ocean Innovation Challenge. The Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions at Duke University was among those highlighted for its Plastics Pollution Policy Inventory

John Virdin will be part of a high-level advisory council formed by the Environmental Defense Fund to focus on accelerating technological progress toward greater ocean conservation, ecosystem health, and sustainable marine fisheries.

The Nicholas Institute was among the nine winners of the United Nations Development Programme's 2020 Ocean Innovation Challenge for its Plastics Pollution Policy Inventory.

Researchers at Duke University and the Stockholm Resilience Center discovered in a recent study that a relatively small number of companies generate most of the revenues from using the ocean. Writing for The Conversation, three of the study's authors explored the risks of such a high concentration of wealth in the ocean economy, as well as the potential for the Ocean 100 to lead the way in making their industries more sustainable.

Policies that more strongly recognize the value of sustainable seafood as a source of nutrition, not just a source of livelihoods, could strengthen global food security and help take a big bite out of world hunger, a new analysis by an international team of experts shows.

A hundred companies earn most of the revenue generated from ocean-based industries like offshore energy, according to a new study. Lead author John Virdin spoke to Energywire about why so much of the ocean economy is concentrated among the "Ocean 100" and discussed the implications for meeting ocean sustainability goals.

For the first time, researchers have identified 100 transnational corporations that take home the majority of profits from the ocean's economy, EcoWatch reports.

Most of the revenues extracted from use of the world’s oceans is concentrated among 100 transnational corporations, which have been identified for the first time by researchers at Duke University and the Stockholm Resilience Centre at Stockholm University.

Despite the huge potential of Africa’s small-scale fisheries to boost the region’s food security, ramp up nutritional levels, alleviate poverty, and enhance environmental conservation, decision makers across the continent have given the sector little attention—largely because of inadequate data to support its potential role in sustainable development.

A new partnership between the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations and Duke University will build on ongoing research collaborations between the two to shed more light on the role that small-scale fisheries play in sustainable development. The agreement also opens the door for FAO and Duke to collaborate on additional areas of study, potentially including seafood markets, aquaculture, mangrove restoration and forests.