Communities and Culture2024-02-20T22:37:03+00:00
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Communities and Culture

The ocean plays a fundamental role in the cultures and identities of people the world over. From the strong links between cultural identity and fishing in coastal towns in the United Kingdom, to the closure of fisheries to mark the death of a community member in Papua New Guinea, to the ancient voyaging tradition of Polynesian islands, where long-distance ocean journeys are carried out on traditional outrigger boats, using navigation techniques which have been passed down from generation to generation: this relationship to the ocean is deeply ingrained in human cultures.

Human cultures and livelihoods are profoundly connected to the ocean. This deep connection to the ocean, and its role in thousands of cultures globally, has been key in making indigenous and local communities some of the best custodians of marine ecosystems.

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