Issue 1 - Deep Trouble
by Mike Markovina, Marine Resource Expedition.
Contribution: Richard Parnell, WCS (Wildlife Conservation Society) director of Mayumba National Park, Gabon.
The world’s oceans are in deep trouble. From the northernmost reaches of the Arctic Circle to the Southern Oceans surrounding Antarctica marine resources have been harvested at an unprecedented rate. Since the 1900’s, continued and often unregulated fishing may have resulted in a decline of many species by up to 90%, and unfortunately it does not stop there. Every aspect of the ocean is being mined for its resources; coral reefs are being destroyed by dynamite and cyanide for both food and the aquarium fish trade, which is suggested to top a billion dollars a year.
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