Our oceans are in crisis. Hardly a week goes by
without another major study linking the loss of
marine biodiversity with human activity. Scientists
repeatedly warn that many ocean ecosystems are
fast approaching tipping points whereby they will be
changed for ever. There is a growing realisation that
the wholesale degradation of our seas and oceans is
likely to have a profound impact on us all as vital
services provided by ocean ecosystems are
disrupted, threatening food security and the very
survival of millions of people.
However, there is hope. Evidence garnered from all around the globe shows that the creation of marine reserves – areas of ocean set aside as off-limits to fishing, fossil fuel extraction and other industrial activities – can protect and restore ocean
ecosystems. Furthermore, by creating networks of marine reserves and implementing sustainable management in the surrounding waters, not only can we conserve marine species and habitats but also ensure fish for the future.
Download the Executive Summary here.
Download the full report:
Emergency Oceans Rescue Plan