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Livelihoods and Economies: Oceans In Focus

Victoria Harbor, Hong Kong.ย  We rely on the ocean to provide livelihoods and vibrant economies for coastal communities.ย 
Hong Kong Island seen from Kowloon.  Over 7 million live and work within sight of Victoria Harbor, one of the busiest harbors in the world.
Victoria Harbor, Hong Kong. ย Shipping represents fifty-nine percent of the total value traded around the world.
Georgetown, Guyana. ย For developing countries with a coast, maritime trade is a key economic activity.ย 
Holding ponds for fish restaurants  on the floating village, Hong Kong, China.  Marine jobs and supporting industries provide livelihoods for a total of about 540 million people, or 8% of the world population.
Raja Ampat, Indonesia.ย  Marine tourism, like diving, is the fastest growing division of the world economy and is responsible for more than 200 million jobs all over the world.ย 
A cruise ship near El Morro Fort, Puerto Rico. ย The marine cruise industry may be tourismโ€™s fastest growing sector, growing at more than 7% annually.ย  ย 
Seaweed farm at dawn in Kuta, Bali, Indonesia.  People count on the ocean for a living in a myriad of ways.