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EditPhoto Title:The Ocean
EditPhoto Description:Everyone on Earth needs a healthy ocean. If we don’t take care of it, we can’t take care of ourselves.
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EditImage Description:A view of the ocean its richness of corals from Viti Levu, Fiji. © William Crosse
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The ocean makes life on Earth possible.


It nourishes our bodies and our souls. It influences our weather, fuels economies and connects distant lands. It is vast, deep, powerful and mysterious.

And it’s in trouble.


Why is the ocean important?

Jobs and Prosperity

Fishing. Shipping. Tourism. The ocean is a mighty economic engine that brings jobs and prosperity to all of us. And this includes tens of millions of the world’s most vulnerable people, who rely directly on the sea to make a living and to improve their lives.

Air we breathe

The Ocean is Earth’s life support system. It produces 50% of the planet’s oxygen, meaning that every other breath you take comes from the sea. It’s also a major part of the “water cycle,” which gives us the rain we need to survive. It’s simple but true: Without the ocean, we wouldn’t exist.

Food we eat

More than 1 billion people depend on seafood as their main protein source. And with global demand for food expected to nearly double by 2050, that number is only going to grow. To feed a hungry world, we’ll need to keep our oceans full of fish.

Climate Stability

Carbon dioxide and other atmospheric gases trap heat — just enough to keep Earth hospitable to life. But the oceans play a role in our climate, too. They store the vast majority of the carbon on Earth, including much of the extra carbon that people generate by burning fossil fuels and clearing forests. Without the ocean, Earth would be a sauna.


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    EditResult value:30%
    EditResult field:fisheries overexploited or depleted
    EditTitle:Overfishing and damaging fishing practices
    EditText:Taking more fish out of the ocean than it can realistically provide sounds reckless. But that’s exactly what we’re doing — often in destructive ways like dredging up the ocean floor with nets or cutting the fins off of sharks. As a result, around 30% of the world’s fisheries are overexploited or depleted.

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    EditResult field:of coastal regions ruined
    EditTitle:Destruction of coastal habitats
    EditText:Coastal forests, tidal marshes and other shoreline ecosystems are Earth’s carbon sponges. Despite comprising just 2% of the ocean, they store 50% of its carbon. Yet we’re destroying these ecosystems at an alarming rate. Around the world, nearly one-third of coastal regions have already been ruined.

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    EditResult value:75%
    EditResult field:coral reefs threatened
    EditTitle:Climate change
    EditText:By absorbing heat and CO2 from the atmosphere, the ocean helps keep our climate stable. But right now, the ocean is absorbing too much heat and CO2, making it both warmer and more acidic. The results? Already, 75% of coral reefs, the vital spawning grounds for fish and barriers against storms, are in danger of dissolving or dying out before our eyes. By 2050, nearly all reefs could be at risk.

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    EditTitle:Pollution
    EditText:All rivers run to the sea. But often, those rivers are full of pollutants that wreck the ocean. Take “dead zones,” places in the sea where nothing can live because chemicals promote the growth of plants that suck up oxygen. (There’s a huge one in the Gulf of Mexico.) Or the “garbage patch,” twice the size of Texas, where plastic from around the world floats to the north Pacific and becomes nature’s giant waste dump.
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    EditText title:Protecting the ocean at scale
    EditText:Local conservation is important. But to fully secure the ocean’s benefits, we also need bigger, broader solutions. And we need to integrate these two approaches so they work hand in hand. That’s why, in addition to our work helping to create and strengthen marine protected areas and networks around the world, CI works on new models for ocean management — in one case, working with more than a dozen nations to manage an area of sea the size of the moon.
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    EditImage Alt Text:Bora Bora from above. © Rodolphe Holler
    EditCaption Title:Pacific Oceanscape
    EditCaption Description:Spanning an area four times the size of the United States, the Pacific Oceanscape is enormously important to all our lives.
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    EditImage Alt Text:Fish swimming in Eastern Tropical Pacific Seascape, Cocos Island, Costa Rica. © CI/photo by Sterling Zumbrunn
    EditCaption Title:Eastern Tropical Pacific Seascape
    EditCaption Description:The jewel of the Pacific Ocean is at risk of losing its luster — but we can turn things around.
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    EditImage Alt Text:Wayag Lagoon, Bird's Head Seascape, Indonesia. © Will Turner
    EditCaption Title:Bird's Head Seascape
    EditCaption Description:Its coral reefs and mangroves are the life support system of the people of West Papua, providing protein, jobs and coastal protection from storms and tsunamis.
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    EditText title:Improving fishing and seafood industry practices
    EditText:We work around the world, with local communities and with multinational CEOs alike, to end destructive fishing practices like trawling, shark finning and overfishing — and promote more responsible activity so that fish stay in our ocean for generations. 
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    EditImage Alt Text:Fisherman cast a net to catch fish. © Kseniya Ragozina
    EditCaption Title:Recovering Small-scale Fisheries in the Eastern Tropical Pacific Seascape
    EditCaption Description:When small-scale fisheries do not operate sustainably, they can disrupt economically important services and ​reduce jobs, incomes and food supplies.
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    EditImage Alt Text:Hawaiian fisherman. © Troy K Shinn/ www.troyshinn.com
    EditCaption Title:CI Hawai‘i
    EditCaption Description:We support fishing camps in Hawaii to teach and promote sustainable fishing practices to the next generation of local fishermen.
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    EditImage Alt Text:Crab fisherman in Barra, Brazil. © Cristina Mittermeier
    EditCaption Title:Supporting Smallholder Fishing in Brazil
    EditCaption Description:No-take zones improve overall fish stocks, so CI is working with municipalities to enforce marine protected areas and fisheries regulations.
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    EditImage Alt Text:Two men haul a canoe onto the beach on a small island in Central Sulawesi. © Robin Moore/iLCP
    EditCaption Title:Sulu-Sulawesi Seascape
    EditCaption Description:We work with partners to safeguard mangrove forests and coral reefs and the benefits they provide to people by strengthening the management of marine protected areas.
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    EditText title:Driving innovation and research
    EditText:CI and our partners have worked for decades to study and measure our oceans. In 2012, that work culminated in the launch of the Ocean Health Index, the first global, comprehensive measurement of the health of the ocean and what it provides to people now and in the future.
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    EditImage Alt Text:A colorful reef and snorkelers in Milne Bay Province, Papua New Guinea. © Jeff Yonover
    EditCaption Title:Ocean Health Index
    EditCaption Description:Published in 2012, the Ocean Health Index is the first world standard that gauges the capacity of our oceans to thrive and meet the needs of people.
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    EditImage Alt Text:Raja Ampat, Indonesia. © Burt Jones and Maurine Shimlock
    EditCaption Title:Blue Carbon
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    Edit Section Title:Eat sustainable seafood
    Edit Section subtitle:Not all seafood is created equal. You can help keep fish in the ocean by eating only seafood that’s been sustainably sourced.
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    Edit Section subtitle:Watch CI's video to learn just how much we owe to the ocean, and why we must act to save it before it's too late.
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    EditNewsletter Title:Keep in touch
    EditNewsletter Message:Get the latest updates on our oceans — and the rest of CI’s conservation work — delivered to your inbox.
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    EditImage Alt Text:Night falls over Rio de Janeiro. © Nikada

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    EditImage Alt Text:Fish swimming in Eastern Tropical Pacific Seascape, Cocos Island, Costa Rica, Central America. © Conservation International/photo by Sterling Zumbrunn

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