–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.
Chad, June 2009
Just a quick note to say thanks again for the GREAT day of diving off Poor Knights! I can see why that area was so highly rated by Jacque. It was so great to get back in the water after 4 years. Your professional service and attention to details were the best I have seen since I have been diving. The background on the islands and the plant and animal life was also a nice twist.
Thanks especially to Hemi for running over the basic dive drills and making me feel safe and confident back in the water.
If I ever make it back to NZ, I will definitely come out again. I will also let any diving buddies heading that way to look you guys up.