There has never been a more important time to step up our efforts to protect our oceans.
A growing human population and expanding culture of consumerism, is putting ever-increasing pressure on marine ecosystems. To meet this demand, the seafood industry is engaged in a destructive race to fish, where sustainability, and fairness is put aside in favour of maximum profits. The depletion of fish populations and habitat destruction is having a devastating impact on our ocean ecosystems and the hundreds of millions of people who rely on fish for food and livelihoods. Largely unexploited until very recently, the high seas and deep seas have become the extremes at which the increasing race for resources and commodification of nature is playing out.
Meanwhile, empty oceans are at risk of becoming dead oceans. Warming seas and ocean acidification due to climate change are compounded by pollution from industrial run-off and billions of tonnes of discarded plastics. If oceans die they stop providing us with all of the functions they currently support that are critical to life on earth – oxygen production, the storing and cycling of vast amounts of carbon that are critical in regulating our climate, food for millions and other myriad but essential, life-giving processes. 🧜🏻♂️ - 2 hours ago