The first of a worldwide round of UN consultations has got underway in New Caledonia.
A recent assessment by the UN concluded that the state of the oceans is failing, with changing balances and declining biodiversity and fish stocks.
The UN plans to declare the 2020s the 'Decade of the Ocean', and the Pacific is the first of ten consultation points to work out what exactly it should do.
The manager of ocean affairs for the regional body the Pacific Community, Jens Kruger, said the next decade provides humanity's final chance to turn back the clock on the decline.
He said the plan this week is to develop a science-based action plan to save the ocean.
This story has been developed as part of the Pacific Community Workshop on the UN Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development 2021-2030. This was made possible through SPC’s Australian funded Climate and Ocean Support Program in the Pacific (COSPPac). COSPPac works to help translate ocean science that is critical and relevant to the Pacific region to better inform evidence based decision making for our climate and oceans.