Is it too late to save the world’s oceans? The world is hoping it’s not. The International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) just passed Motion 53, which aims to name at least 30 percent of the global ocean area “highly protected” by 2030.
The Basking Shark Satellite Tagging Project opened up a new finding: The Sea of the Hebrides off the west coast of Scotland may be a hot spot for basking sharks feeding, breeding and migrating in the summer.
Although fish biomass is often used to evaluate the effectiveness of conservation efforts, a new study suggests the metric doesn't provide the whole story. As a result, researchers are calling for the establihsment and maintenance of larger, more permanent "protected areas" for marine life to thrive.
More than 17,000 marine species, including whales, sharks, rays and fish, remain threatened due to a lack of marine protected areas.
A recent study by the University of British Columbia notes that only four percent of the world's ocean is within Marine Protected Areas (MPAs). In 2010, representatives of 200 nations agreed to preserve at least 10 percent of the ocean by 2020.