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Agreements allowing foreign vessels to fish in the waters of West African states look to be bad deals for both host countries and foreign companies. It’s time to look at the alternatives, writes John Virdin, director of the Oceans and Coastal Policy Program at the Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions, in an op-ed published by China Dialogue.

In a new commentary in 360info, John Virdin, Director of the Ocean and Coastal Policy Program, explains how illegal fishing threatens small-scale fishers and the global fishing industry's sustainability efforts. Virdin says lessons from transparency initiatives in the fashion, timber, and oil and gas industries could help end illegal fishing.

Henrik Österblom (Stockholm University) and John Virdin (Nicholas Institute) spoke to Ocean Science Radio about the dominance of the ocean economy by a small group of companies.

John Virdin was among the experts who spoke to New Scientist for a cover story on how the rapid increase in ocean-based industry can be balanced with vital environmental protections.

A new Nicholas Institute analysis suggests efforts to address plastic pollution have slowed worldwide during the COVID-19 pandemic. That time period has also seen a documented rise in medical waste and single-use and disposable plastics for personal protective equipment and packaging.

John Virdin spoke with the Italian newspaper il Bollettino about the impacts of the blue acceleration and ways to improve ocean sustainability.

Researchers from the Stockholm Resilience Centre, Stockholm Environment Institute, and Duke University's Nicholas Institute scanned more than 2,300 corporate reports from the world’s 200 largest companies over a 10-year period to see whether their attention to plastic pollution has changed over the years.

Duke University’s continued path to net carbon neutrality by 2024 now includes an investment in helping preserve coastal habitats more than 4,000 miles from Durham, on the western coast of Africa, reports Duke Today. The investment was driven by Nicholas Institute research into payments for conservation of blue carbon.

A major new assessment finds that aquatic foods present a potential solution to malnutrition around the globe. John Virdin told Axios that it is "important to get ocean food systems into the global conversation about ending hunger."

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