Blue Marine Foundation
The charity at the forefront of allowing fish stocks to recover and ecosystems to thrive
Words by PELORUS
It’s no secret that mankind is ravaging the planet of its natural resources, no more so than at sea, where 90 per cent of wild fish stocks are over-fished or fully exploited. As this number grows, so too does the threat of food security and the oceans’ inability to absorb CO2.
The solution to this crisis, says Blue Marine Foundation – an official partner of PELORUS – is to define large parts of the world’s oceans as marine reserves and ban industrial fishing, allowing fish stocks to recover and ecosystems to thrive. Currently, only four per cent is protected.
Since its inception in 2010, BLUE has achieved a huge amount of impactful ocean conservation, including catalysing the creation of the world’s largest fully protected marine reserve in Chagos in 2010, helping to persuade the government to create an even bigger reserve around Pitcairn in the Pacific in 2015, and facilitating the closure of 52.6 per cent of Ascension’s waters to fishing from January 2016 to the foreseeable future. And this is just the start. The charity aims to put 10 per cent of the world’s oceans under protection by 2020, and 30 per cent by 2030.
- Around 90% of global fish stocks are fully or over-exploited, and around 90% of large fish are gone
- 72% of the planet is water. Only 4% of it is under protection
- The ocean produces over half of the oxygen we breathe…
- …and absorbs half of the carbon dioxide we produce
Join BLUE to be part of the solution or read more about its tireless efforts at bluemarinefoundaton.com