–LONDON–An international panel of marine experts warns in a report released today that the world’s ocean is at high risk of entering a phase of extinction of marine species unprecedented in human history.
A high-level international workshop convened by IPSO met at the University of Oxford earlier this year. It was the first inter-disciplinary international meeting of marine scientists of its kind and was designed to consider the cumulative impact of multiple stressors on the ocean, including warming, acidification, and overfishing.
The 3 day workshop, co-sponsored by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), looked at the latest science across different disciplines.
The 27 participants from 18 organisations in 6 countries produced a grave assessment of current threats — and a stark conclusion about future risks to marine and human life if the current trajectory of damage continues: that the world’s ocean is at high risk of entering a phase of extinction of marine species unprecedented in human history.
Delegates called for urgent and unequivocal action to halt further declines in ocean health.
Philippa Bennett, River Rats Raft & Kayak
I came diving with 3 of my friends on Feb 3rd 09. I wanted to write and thank you for a wonderful time!
It was the first dive I have completed after doing my Open Water course so I was very excited & a little nervous. The staff on the boat were very helpful, friendly and attentive, especially as I was feeling a little sea sick. The instructors took the time to evaluate everyone individual needs which was very reassuring especially for a novice like myself. Also thank you for the endless cups of tea!
The skipper, Craig, was great!
I was very impressed by the beautiful Poor Knights Islands, what a great place to visit, dive & work at!!! I was truly awed by a massive sting ray that we saw on our second dive…very cool. It’s also good to see the emphasis on recycling and conservation.
I will strongly recommend Dive! Tutukaka to friends, family and customers.