June 8th is World Oceans Day
Watch the PSA. Discover the facts. Take action & spread the word.
The oceans are facing a crisis. As much as 90% of the big fish – predators that keep the marine ecosystem in balance – are gone, wiped out by unchecked overfishing.
Discover the Facts
- The oceans cover 71% of our planet and are home to 90 percent of the planet's living biomass. In other words, 90% of life on our planet lives in the oceans, and we still know remarkably little about what's alive down there: in the past decade alone, the Census of Marine Life discovered more than 6,000 potentially new species!
- Tiny ocean plants called phytoplankton contribute between 50 to 85 percent of the oxygen we breath.
- Scientists estimate that more than a billion types of microbes may live in the oceans.
- The oceans are seeing a massive erosion of biodiversity, and on average, this is getting worse. It's predicted that all commercially-fished species may disappear by the middle of this century.
- Up to 73 million sharks are killed each year to supply fins for the global shark fin trade. Sharks are top predators and are vital to keeping the oceans in balance – their disappearance can have a major destabilizing effect on the ecosystem.
- Overfishing isn't the only problem. Half of global CO2 emissions are absorbed by the oceans, leading to a process known as ocean acidification. This has a devastating effect on coral reefs – which are home to 25% of all marine life – leading to coral bleaching and death.
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But don't let it stop there. There are small actions we can take every day as individuals to help the oceans. Learn where your seafood comes from, and avoid fish caught using unsustainable methods. Support the creation of Marine Protected Areas in your part of the world. Educate your children about the importance of the oceans.
Together, we can and we will make a difference!