Publicado por: pongpesca | 2015/01/21

When any news is good news for oceans

Documenting sustainable lifestyles and WWF projects in Tanzania, East AfricaThe New York Times last week ran a story on the front page about the threat of mass extinction in the ocean. For those of us who work on ocean conservation, this recent study is an interesting synthesis of the distressingly familiar data on decimated fisheries, bycatch and habitat destruction.

But to be a front page story in a mainstream paper – that is big news for the ocean. Despite the ocean being such an important source of food and livelihoods for millions of people, and an economic engine for businesses around the world, its plight is largely unknown. Out of sight, out of mind. Or, when viewed by a holidaymaker from a beach or a boat, it simply looks lovely – nothing wrong down there.

If lack of awareness is part of the problem, then any news about the ocean is good news – even when the news is bad.

In many places, however, people are acutely aware that the ocean is in trouble, without the benefit of a scientific study or news article. These are coastal and island people all over the world – often the poorest and most vulnerable populations. As individuals and as communities, they may be witnesses to the pillage of the sea, they may be perpetrators of the destruction or they may be champions in the fight to restore ocean health.

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Fonte: Ecological – 21 de janeiro de 2015

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