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Mission Ocean

Author: Hugh Bollinger/Wednesday, June 25, 2014/Categories: marine life, sustainability, environment

Riled Up  praised the effort of the President to expand marine reserves in the western Pacific. The Pacific Remote Islands National Marine Monument, established by President Bush before him, was greatly enlarged by Mr. Obama. The expansion was announced during an international meeting of senior diplomats and scientists on the state of the oceans.

The gathering was organized by the  Global Ocean Commission  and the group has just released a report with recommendations for protecting and restoring the seas.
The objective is to provide feasible short-, medium- and long-term recommendations to address several critical issues facing the oceans: overfishing; loss of habitat and biodiversity; lack of effective management and enforcement; and deficiencies in high seas governance. The report's findings are not encouraging. As co-chair and former British foreign secretary David Miliband, said:

"The oceans are a failed state where previously virgin areas have been
been turned into a plundered part of the planet."

 
Sustainable Fishery (credit: Pew Trust)             Hawaiian Coral Reef (credit: SWP Media)

Sustainable yield  was first put forward by wildlife biologists in the 1930's. The scientific principal aims to maintain a given species at the point of maximum growth rate by harvesting only those individuals normally added to the population. This would allow for the species to be productive indefinitely. Sadly, the principal has been largely ignored most everywhere. The Global Oceans Commission should be applauded for their effort and the recommendations closely monitored to see if sustainability in the oceans can be finally realized.

The full report is available here: Mission Ocean: From Decline to Recovery


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