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Our Oceans; Our Future

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It’s time to look at our future. It’s time to look at our oceans.

The oceans cover about two-thirds of the surface of the Earth and are the very foundations of life. They generate most of the oxygen we breathe, absorb a large share of carbon dioxide emissions, provide food and nutrients and regulate climate. They are important economically for countries that rely on tourism, fishing and other marine resources for income and serve as the backbone of international trade.

Unfortunately, human pressures, including over-exploitation, illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing, destructive fishing, as well as unsustainable aquaculture practices, marine pollution, habitat destruction, alien species, climate change and ocean acidification are taking a significant toll on the world’s oceans and seas.

June 8 is World Oceans Day, an annual celebration of the planet’s oceans and recognized by the United Nations each year. This day is also a call for ocean conservation action throughout the year.   Take a look:

Many of our projects work with our oceans and the ecosystems that support them.  Take a look here and support one (or more) today!

 

World Oceans Day – Healthy Oceans, Healthy Planet

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WorldOceansDay2015Today, June 8th, we join the United Nations General Assembly to celebrate World Oceans Day and recognize that “our rainwater, drinking water, weather, climate coastlines, much of our food, and even the oxygen in the air we breathe, are all ultimately provided and regulated by the sea.” 1. It also gives us a chance to shine a spotlight on the amazing work of a few of the projects in our portfolio that focus on conserving and protecting our marine ecosystems across the world.

Olazul is reinventing the aquarium trade in Indonesia to protect reefs, repurposing fisheries waste to relieve pressure on wild fish on Mexico’s Baja peninsula, and restoring our oceans for future generations.

Ocean Outcomes works hand-in-hand with commercial fishermen to improve high risk fisheries with key initiatives underway in Russia (one of the world’s top ten producers of wild fish) and in Japan, which is home to the largest seafood market in the world, yet is not home to any publicly recognized Fishery Improvement Projects.

cChange (formerly SeaWeb Asia Pacific), with offices in Fiji and Papua New Guinea, works in the background to foster  community-owned social media campaigns that create immediate and sustainable change.  Check out the super successful West Maui Kumuwai and 4Fiji campaigns!

These are just a few of the projects that we support that are focused on conserving our oceans.  Learn more about our other ocean-focused projects: CeDePesca, LMMA, MarViva Foundation, and the Conservation and Community Investment Forum.

  1.  http://www.un.org/en/events/oceansday/background.shtml