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We Are Oceans

We've always needed them, now they need us

 

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We Are Oceans

We've always needed them, now they need us

 

All life began in the oceans, and today all life ultimately depends on the oceans. These vast bodies of water produce half the oxygen we breathe, and consume much of the CO2 we produce. We rely on them for food, for recreation, for climate stability, and to support biodiversity both on sea and on land.

Our ethos is Environmental Justice. That means valuing oceans for their own sakes, beyond what they can do for us. It means protecting them, and all who live in them, so that they can thrive and recover from human interference.

It so happens that we will benefit enormously when they bounce back. It's a win win situation.

It really is up to us.

We have disrespected the oceans, our source of life, to the point where some of the seas are no longer able to sustain themselves, or us. Now they need our urgent action.

Human activities like overfishing and pollution, acidification and global warming have fundamentally changed our oceans. Bleached corals, oil spills, damaged ocean floors and decimated fish populations have reduced many seas and oceans to pale shadows of their former glory.

But all is not lost. Given the right circumstances, marine ecosystems can recover remarkably quickly. Which is where Marine Protected Areas come in.

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Marine Protected Areas Are Our Greatest Hope

 

The statistics are chilling: an estimated 90% of global fish stocks have been over-exploited, and some 90% of large fish are already gone from our ocean waters. But when you restrict commercial fishing activities in protected areas, marine species are able to recover.

 

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Marine Protected Areas Are Our Greatest Hope

 

The statistics are chilling: an estimated 90% of global fish stocks have been over-exploited, and some 90% of large fish are already gone from our ocean waters. But when you restrict commercial fishing activities in protected areas, marine species are able to recover.

 

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Marine Protected Areas (MPAs) bring a wide range of benefits for people, and the planet, locally and globally. These include:


  • Protecting habitats
  • MPAs protect marine wildlife and important habitats, allowing them to be as healthy and natural as possible, with their own unique intrinsic value.


  • Building resistance and resilience
  • Healthy systems are better able to cope with disease outbreaks, global warming, pollution and increasing extreme weather events that we can't always predict or prevent.


  • Natural wilderness
  • MPAs allow us to view, enjoy and research wildlife in its most natural state. This helps us to understand how natural systems work, and to protect species that may have important future uses, such as potential medical cures.


  • Financial benefits
  • The increase in wildlife seen in some MPAs can boost local economies through sustainable tourism, fisheries and harvesting timber from mangroves.


  • Food security
  • Fish populations can increase within MPAs and beyond, supporting local fisheries, which are an important source of food for millions of people.


  • Re-seeding the oceans
  • As fish and their larvae thrive in MPAs, they may spill-out beyond the MPA boundaries and support marine ecosystems in the wider environment.


  • Saving our selves
  • MPAs not only support our oceans and coasts, but also provide a range of often over-looked services such as storing carbon - our oceans produce half the oxygen we breathe, and also absorb much of the CO2 we produce.