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The Ecosystem Approach - protecting marine life in all its forms

The world’s oceans, once thought to contain inexhaustible resources, are under increasing threat. In
recent years, scientific study after scientific study has pointed to the fact that human activities and fishing
in particular have been putting extreme pressure on marine ecosystems to the point that profound
ecosystem changes are being experienced in many parts of the world.

In November 2006, an international group of ecologists and economists, led by Professor Boris Worm of
Dalhousie University, published a study in Science that brought the extent of this degradation into stark
relief. Looking at marine biodiversity on a global scale, the study shows that loss of marine biodiversity is
drastically reducing the ocean’s ability to produce seafood, resist diseases, filter pollutants and rebound
from stresses such as over-fishing and climate change. The team’s projection that all commercial and
seafood species are on the brink of collapse was shocking enough to make news headlines across the

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Authors: Richard Page

Date published: 15 May 2007
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Greenpeace is calling for the creation of a global network of   
marine reserves to protect 40% of our seas and oceans.

                             Photo: 28th September 2004
                                          Southern Baltic Sea Denmark