–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.
I would like to once again thank the crew of El Tigre for offering fantastic service for our New Yrs Eve dives, both myself, my fiance and our Australian friends loved the day. Pure Magic!!! We had the most amazing time even more so as my (now fiance) proposed 15m down in a cave at Brady s corner. The crew gave us a signed book of the Poor Knights to remember our special dive and it really topped off a super day and will be treasured.
I hope to come back again and dive with your team, next time maybe as a married woman with my husband!! It will always be a special place for us as it was such a magical day!