More than 245 marine scientists from 35 countries, including Australia, have endorsed a science statement calling for the establishment of a worldwide system of very large, highly protected marine reserves. The statement identifies these reserves as “an essential and long overdue contribution to improving stewardship of the global oceanic environment.”
The Statement from the PEW Global Ocean Legacy reads… The world’s marine ecosystems continue to be seriously degraded by overfishing, pollution, climate change and other human activities that ultimately threaten the livelihoods, food security and economic development of many millions of people. It is now evident that the world’s oceans need to be better managed if we are to safeguard the full range of their marine life and critically important ecosystem services.
While 5.8 percent of terrestrial habitats have been designated as no‐take parks to conserve their biodiversity and the ecosystem services they provide to human societies, as of May 2010 less than 0.4 percent of the world’s oceans are fully protected… read the rest here.