First Census Shows Life in Planet Ocean to be richer, but more affected by human activities than previously thought

Richard Harrington By: Richard Harrington
Date posted: 4 October 2010

The Annual Review describes some of the key activities and outcomes of the Marine Conservation Society’s (MCS) work during the year.

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First Census Shows Life in Planet Ocean to be richer, but more affected by human activities than previously thought After ten years of exploration, 2,700 scientists from 80 nations have reported on what, where, and how much lives and hides in global oceans. Nearly 30 million observations of 120,000 species were made for the Census of Marine Life, but scientists also found alarming decreases in the abundance of some kinds of marine life. From coral reefs to icy seas, scientists have created a global baseline of marine diversity. New species of fish, crustaceans, seaweeds and other forms of sea life - more than 16,000 since the year 2000 - have been discovered. But our rich ocean wildife is being depleted, disappearing before we have even had the chance to learn about it. We are losing biodiversity at a rate never witnessed before, at huge cost to ourselves, and leaving a degraded environment that leaves wildlife vulnerable in the face of change. If our oceans are to cope with what the future will throw at them, we need to act now. Without protection, we risk losing species before we’ve even discovered them. MCS is championing the protection of special marine places - you can have your say NOW with Your Seas Your Voice. Join the Marine Conservation Society today and help us take action to help wildlife recover and flourish, to clear our coasts and seas of pollution, and to stop the overfishing that devastates the life in our seas. Click here for the Census of Marine Life homepage.

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