Recent studies reveal a major decline in marine life. From 1970 to 2012 marine biodiversity has gone down by 49%, and some fish species declining by 75%. The report also includes declines in corals reefs, mangroves, and sea grass. Which are all a vital part to marine food webs. Coral Reefs provide a home to over 25% of marine life and provide 850 million people with the economic, cultural, and socail benefits. The loss of coral reefs would cause devastating consequences for marine wildlife and humans. Sadly, the cause of the decline is due greatly to human activities. Such as, overfishing, climate change, and marine life habitat destruction. The report highlights ways to reverse the decline, through protecting marine life habitats, regulating and improve fishing practices, making fish stocks more sustainable and finding a way to redirect financial support towards these changes. Although there is a way to fix the decline, the change must start now. Brad Ack, senior vice president for oceans at WWF, stated “Stopping black market fishing, protecting coral reefs, mangroves and other critical ocean habitats, and striking a deal in Paris to slash carbon pollution are all good for the ocean, the economy, and people. Now is the time for the US and other world players to lead on these important opportunities.”
Overall, I feel this article relates to Floridians especially because we are constantly surrounded by marine life and it is our duty as global citizens to keep our ocean’s wildlife safe.
World Wildlife Fund. “Ocean’s wildlife populations down by half.” ScienceDaily. ScienceDaily, 17 September 2015. <www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2015/09/150917095044.htm>.