Why is our ocean at risk?



In many parts of the world, the ocean is headed for a collapse. What this means is simple – the way we exploit seas is destroying not only their diversity, but also their ability to meet our most basic needs. What happens next is even more worrying.

As fish stocks crash and coral reefs die off, millions of people who depend on this natural engine are at risk of losing their sole source of income.
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Loss of marine diversity
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Not just a problem for the ocean

The problems affecting oceans are bad news for the 1 billion people who rely on fish as an important part of their diet, and more than 520 million more who rely on fishing related activities for income and food. What's more:

Problems growing in scale and complexity

We are making progress toward solving some of these problems, but their scale and complexity overall is growing. Take seafood for example. According to the World Bank, our demand for seafood is projected to grow by 30% between 2010 and 2030, but during that time production will only increase marginally.

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