Our oceans contain resilient, biodiverse ecosystems, but they have suffered devastating loss. In order to ensure our seas do not experience the next mass extinction as scientists warn, we must set aside key areas as marine reserves or ocean sanctuaries – protected areas like national parks on land. Marine life needs safe places to recover, thrive and adapt to changes in its environment brought on by climate change and related threats. Currently, less than three per cent of our global oceans are protected. Greenpeace is calling for the creation of a network of ocean sanctuaries covering 40 per cent of each habitat in our oceans, on the high seas and in coastal nations’ waters.

Marine Reserves: Essential for healthy oceans and sustainable seafood

On October 28th, 2013 Greenpeace hosted a workshop in Toronto for representatives of the Canadian seafood industry and environmental sector. The workshop brought together scientists from around the world working on marine conservation.

Speakers (click on a name to see a video of their presentation)

> Dr. Alex Rogers - Why we need to manage the largest ecosystem on Earth

> Dr. Isabelle Côté - The science behind why we should have more marine protected areas

> Dr. Roger Grace - Why do we need no-take zones?

> Dr. Rashid Sumaila - Can it possibly make sense to close off the high seas to fishing?

> Kim Wright - Fisheries closures in MPAs on Canada’s Pacific Coast: the exception not the rule

> Dr. Iris Menn - Emergency oceans rescue plan: implementing marine reserves

> Willie Mackenzie - Saving our oceans, from the high street