–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 am just calling to say how much I enjoyed my recent day out on Perfect Day.
Firstly I would like to compliment you on the quality of food served. The sandwiches were of a very high standard as was the presentation of the fresh fruit platter. The crew were attentive but not in your face, catering for the needs of guests from ages 3 to 83 and very happy to answer questions.
My two hours in the water just flew by and far surpassed my greatest expectations. Seeing a gannet swoop and catch a fish had to be the highlight.