Earth’s vast oceans, long viewed as an infinite supply of food and a bottomless repository for our waste, have been pushed to the brink. Now, with sea levels rising and coral reefs dying, our oceans’ ability to support marine life — and us — is at risk. It is time to sound the alarm.
With their ability to feed the world and regulate our climate, Earth's oceans make our planet livable. Yet we're choking the life out of them:
Each year by weight, three times more trash is dumped into the ocean than fish caught
A third of the world's wild fisheries are overexploited or depleted
In the past 40 years, populations of marine species have been cut in half
Answering the Call
Conservation International works in 20 countries to sustainably and equitably manage oceans and coasts for the benefit of people and nature. Our strategy is threefold: to safeguard the ocean areas on which humans depend, to reinforce and protect depleted wild-catch fisheries, and to reinvigorate degraded coastal ecosystems and restore their ability to mitigate climate change.
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The world’s oceans are vast, the threats widespread, and there’s much more work to do. You can help.
How Many Kilometers Will You Protect?
You can help protect 1 square kilometer of ocean with a donation of $34. This can protect critical species and the livelihoods of people who depend on the ocean.