Posted March 25, 2019 12:29:11The world’s oceans have witnessed a steady increase in human impacts on marine life in recent decades.
Many of these impacts have been in the form of industrial development and pollution, but there is also an increasing need for more sustainable development for marine life.
According to the Global Marine Conservation Institute (GMCI), marine life is vital to the world, and its numbers are declining.
GMCI said that in the last 15 years, the number of marine life has decreased by nearly 25% in the oceans, but that was not enough to explain the decline.
According the GMCI, marine life can help us understand how to protect the oceans and what can be done to preserve marine life for future generations.
The oceans are one of the few places where life exists on an infinite scale, said GMCI President and CEO, Chris Riddell.
“The oceans provide us with a place to grow food, fish, plants and animals.
Marine life is an important component of our ecosystem and our economy, and we should not be ignoring it,” said Riddoll.
There are over 700 species of marine animals, including alligator fish, snapper, shrimp, sea lion, sea urchin, coral reef fish, dolphins, sharks, porpoises, turtles, sharks and rays.
But as marine life declines, the threat of extinction is increasing.
According to GMCI’s 2016 global survey, more than 20 species are threatened with extinction, and marine life’s decline in the ocean is contributing to the threat.
According a recent survey by the Pew Charitable Trusts, 80% of people in developing countries, the top ten countries with the highest levels of human-caused greenhouse gas emissions are also countries with populations of marine species.
“We need to act now to protect our seas, as we need to protect all of our terrestrial life,” said GMCI’s Riddill.
“It is time to stop ignoring marine life and start listening to it.”