On our beautiful blue planet, the sea covers more than 70% of the surface. Far more species live in the oceans than on land. The marine environment provides livelihoods and food for hundreds of millions of people.
But the world’s oceans, seas and coasts are under severe strain. The biggest threats right now are overfishing, climate change and pollution.
Only 1.2% of our oceans are officially protected - something that urgently needs to change. Which is why that’s a key focus of our marine work.
‘Marine Protected Areas’ (MPAs) can help support wildlife, allow fish stocks to be replenished, and help increase the resilience of marine ecosystems and coastal communities to the impacts of climate change.
Fishing isn’t a problem - overfishing is
Fishing can be a sustainable, renewable resource - but only if it’s properly managed. A collapse in fish stocks through overfishing is devastating for the marine environment and the whole food chain, including us. Sadly, it’s already happened in a number of places.
Did you know…
- Four-fifths of the world’s main fish stocks are exploited to the limit or beyond sustainable levels.
- Every year millions of tonnes of ‘bycatch’, including 300,000 mammals, are caught accidentally in fishing equipment
- Estimates indicate that around 19% of coral reefs have been lost, 15% are seriously threatened in the short-term and a further 20% are under threat of loss by 2050.
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