Assistant Minister for Trade, Tourism and Investment, the Hon Keith Pitt MP, will represent Australia today at a regional meeting in Fiji on the sustainable use of oceans. 

The meeting will discuss regional priorities ahead of the upcoming United Nations Ocean Conference in New York on the conservation and sustainable use of oceans, seas and marine resources, the focus of Sustainable Development Goal 14.

“As a Pacific nation, we are acutely aware that the ocean connects and underpins the economic growth and sustainable development of our region,” Assistant Minister Pitt said.

 “Australia has a good track record of managing our oceans and marine resources sustainably. By 2025, Australia’s marine industries are expected to contribute about $100 billion annually to the economy.

“I will take to the meeting Australia’s experience as a leader in fisheries, aquaculture and tourism. 

“We are committed to strengthening regional cooperation on the conservation and management of oceans, and on the broader 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

“This meeting will mean that we go to the global conference in New York with a clear understanding of our regional priorities, ensuring Pacific views are heard,” Mr Pitt said.

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