Ocean Action Hub

Marine and coastal ecosystems provide many services to human society, including food and other goods, shoreline protection, water quality maintenance, waste treatment, support of tourism and other cultural benefits, and maintenance of the basic global life support systems.

The provision of these services is threatened by the worldwide degradation of marine and coastal ecosystems. Fisheries are in global decline. Coastal habitats have been modified and lost, and in many cases the rate of degradation is increasing. Habitat loss and modification result in a loss of ecosystem services and also threaten biodiversity (UNEP, 2006, p. 7).

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12 Sept 2019 - The ocean’s health is in trouble. 

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10 Sept 2019 - Investing $1.8 trillion over the next decade - in measures to adapt to climate change - could produce net benefits worth more than $7 trillion.

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3 Sept 2019 - Aquaculture is the world’s fastest-growing form of food production and is the source of half the world’s seafood.

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2 Sept 2019 - The Great Barrier Reef's outlook has been officially downgraded from poor to very poor due to climate change.

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29 Aug 2019 - To prevent several millions tons of plastic from flushing into the ocean every year, engineers are paving roads with it.

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28 Aug 2019 - Protecting Sri Lanka's largest marine sanctuary and reviving its former glory.

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26 Aug 2019 - BBC - Countries have agreed to strengthen protections for 18 threatened species of sharks and rays, including those hunted for their meat and fins.

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19 Aug 2019 - Kristin Hugo - If you care about the environment, it’s time to start talking about the 640,000 tons of discarded fishing gear killing ocean creatures.

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16 Aug 2019 - High nutrient levels in 2018 resulted in a nearly 9,000-kilometer belt of Sargassum, a seaweed critical to many marine animals but also a nuisance when it washes up on shorel

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15 Aug 2019 - When developing a marine protection area, the genetics of species living within that area need to be taken into consideration. Tiny organisms can help make those decisions.

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14 Aug 2019 - Fish stocks are stable and reef health improving, in part thanks to Belize’s substantial ‘no-take’ zones. Now greater legislation is needed to secure progress.

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13 Aug 2019 - Plastic is officially everywhere.

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