What does the future hold for our ocean and marine life?
We hope to see a healthy ocean free of pollution and teeming with life. Clean beaches. Magnificently colored coral reefs crowded with a multitude of fish, octopuses, squid, and sharks. Ocean waters free of excess carbon dioxide which allows for normal acidity levels so that clams and snails can build their shells and corals can continue to grow… an ocean filled with a sustainable number of schools of tuna, cod, groupers, snappers, mackerels… pods of whales and dolphins free of the threat of harpoons, nets, pollution…. Our future ocean has few dead zones with waters restored to their healthy oxygen-rich state… in balance once again. Mangroves and estuaries restored providing the much needed marine life nurseries with manatees and dugongs… beaches filled with the nests of sea turtles and coastlines crowded with hatchlings as they find their way back to the sea each year.
Only the application of sound science and aggressive conservation will ensure that this is truly what the future holds. To ensure a sustainable future for the ocean we will require an increased understanding of the ocean and its marine life and an effective cultivation of a global sea ethic.
How can we get there?
You can definitely help by taking action, spreading the word and supporting groups like us through donations or memberships. Help us share the wonders of the ocean, educate more people, and provide tools to assist scientists and conservationists around the world. We believe that it is our collective duty to protect our planet and all life for many really good reasons.
Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has. ~ Margaret Mead
If we have a hope of really understanding our place in nature and of carving out a place for ourselves that is sustainable, it’s primarily because of the new level of communication. It used to be, ‘What you don’t have in your mind, you have on your shelf.’ But now we have the Web. ~ Sylvia Earle
Help us promote solutions such as:
- Advocating the science of Marine Conservation Biology to protect marine life by applying science to marine conservation.
- Reversing global warming by reducing carbon emissions and employing the use of carbon sequestering.
- Reducing overfishing through sustainable fishing methods and sustainable seafood choices.
- Protecting biodiversity by committing to the Convention on Biological Diversity, using tools such as the Global Biodiversity Information Facility…
- Protecting threatened and endangered species and ensuring that all species at-risk are appropriately listed for protection.
- Protecting habitats by establishing large marine protected areas worldwide and expanding those already established.
- Halting ocean dumping by ensuring that laws are made worldwide to prohibit this practice with severe consequences for those who violate them.
These are just a few of the solutions to the myriad of problems facing the ocean. Do what you can as an individual — it does make a difference.
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