‘IU1010’-Take a Dive into the blue

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Oceans cover about 70% of the Earth’s surface. The oceans contain roughly 97% of the Earth’s water supply.. From the freezing Polar Regions to the warm waters of the tropics and deep sea hydrothermal vents to shallow seagrass beds, marine organisms abound. The oceans of Earth serve many functions, especially affecting the weather and temperature. Fishing is the principal livelihood for over 200 million people and provides the main source of protein for more than a billion.

The ocean is our planet’s life support system—and it’s in danger.

It’s not too late to get our fishing practices back on track. Using smart laws, policies, incentives, and market demand, we can help sustain fish populations at healthy levels for years to come.

Organizations protecting the oceans

NRDC- National Resource Defense Council

NRDC fights for sustainable fishing by crafting common sense fishing policies, promoting conservation-minded approaches to how fisheries are managed, and enforcing and defending laws to stop destructive fishing practices.

WWF-  World Wildlife Fund

WWF works around the world to protect oceans and the variety of species and communities that depend on them By establishing marine protected areas, responsibly farmed seafood, helping communities adapt to climate change, promoting ecotourism and sustainable development. WWF works to end overfishing, addressing it at both a local and commercial level.

Critical Ocean Issues

Over-fishing: Plenty of Fish in the Sea? Not Always

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Sea Temperature Rise: Warmer Oceans Have Far-Reaching Effects

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Marine Pollution: Centuries of Abuse Have Taken a Heavy Toll

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Ocean Acidification: Carbon Dioxide Is Putting Shelled Animals at Risk

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Did You Know?

Pteropods, tiny sea snails whose existence is threatened by ocean acidification, are an important food source for some whales.

What You Can Do

We can all support sustainable fishing by wisely choosing which fish to eat, spreading the word to friends and family, and contacting our lawmakers to make sure they support responsible policies.

Eat sustainable caught seafood.

Support Organizations Working to Protect the Ocean

Use Fewer Plastic Products

Be an Ocean-Friendly Pet Owner

Influence Change in Your Community

Educate Yourself About Oceans and Marine Life

Help Take Care of the Beach

 Engage, Conserve, Restore

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