The Ocean covers over 70% of the surface of planet Earth, creating our climates by moving heat from the equator to the North and South poles. The Ocean produces 50% of the air we breathe, and stores 30% of all of our carbon emissions. For nearly 3 billion people fish is the main source of protein. Over half the population of the world lives within 100km of the coast. Sea grass beds, coral reefs, mangroves and wetlands act as natural defenses to protect coastlines and their inhabitants . About 850 million people live within 100km of a coral reef; benefiting from the cultural, social and economic services it provides. 200 million jobs worldwide are provided by Marine tourism, tourism is the largest industry in the world. The ocean generates £1.88 trillion per year, underpinning assets make the total value at least £15.55 trillion. Increasing sea temperature and destructive fishing are the greatest threats. The inhabitants of ecosystems living closest to the surface of the Ocean are the most threatened. Species of fish utilised by people have decreased by 50%; marine invertebrate populations have declined by 49%. Overfishing now threatens 1 in 4 species of sharks and rays with extinction. 20% of mangrove cover has been lost worldwide. 1/3 of fisheries are overfished. 1.2 million sq. km of ocean floor have been covered by mining licenses. 250,000 tonnes of plastic, in 5 trillion pieces is in the sea. Dead zones created by nutrient run off are increasing. Coral reefs have declined by 50 % in the last 30 years; by 2050 coral reefs will be dead if global warming continues. A meager 3.4 % of the Ocean is protected, even less is managed effectively.
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"What you did here in Port Barton was so AMAZING, you were such a good teachers, educators and a very resourceful team. Thank you for having you and the team here doing a wonderful projects. It helps us to be more knowledgeable and responsible to our MOTHER EARTH. You let kids expressed their feelings about the environment through painting. You taught people how to protect marine lives and to preserve it. What you have done here in Port Barton was highly appreciated. No words can say how much we love your artwork. Our team would like to express our deepest gratitude for sharing your knowledge about marine conservation and everything. We wish you all best Anita and the team, good health and a happy life. Thanks to Atelier Aquatic" Eden Nolasco, Port Barton, Tourist Dept.
“This is one of the most unforgettable experiences in my life. My classmates realised the importance of the sea and its ecosystem and realized the effects of their wrongdoings. The best thing we can do is to share our knowledge,” – A student after a Sea Adventure School trip-Philippines