Ocean Health Gets “D” Grade

This study graded each ocean and then a global average was calculated out of 100. This year the oceans got a 67, which is 7 points higher than last year. The researches said this was mainly due to more conservation efforts and protected marine areas. The western Pacific is heavily overfished and got one of the lowest scores. This is because outside of territorial waters (close to the shoreline), there aren’t nearly as many regulations or protected areas, so overfishing common. This report uses only 10 “human goals” to judge the health of the oceans, including tourism and sense of place. So take it with a grain of salt. At least it has been improving over the last 3 years however.

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