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Die-offs of marine species and detrimental cycle of ocean decline

Though enormous gains, marine pollution, acidification, climate change etc. are causing degradation of ocean species’ loss and threatening food security and overall human welfare. Ocean is already facing unprecedented threats as a result of human activities and it is projected that the world population will reach 9 billion people by 2050 which will likely to impact more on ocean. The recent scientific findings on ocean health are torment because trending towards collapse of marine ecosystems especially the combination of factors like, ocean hypoxia i.e. low levels of oxygen in the water, ocean dead zones due to pollution runoffs and climate change, causing major die-offs of marine species. Overfishing in the areas beyond national control worsened the situation much more. It is tormenting to mention that illegal fishing accounts for about 20 percent of the world's catch, costing up to $23.5 billion a year. Moreover, an estimated 8 million tons of plastic waste enters the ocean annually from land-based sources. Such occurrences immediately need to be dispraised. According to a testimony, our civilization is running out of time to avoid the detrimental cycle of decline in ocean health that will have dramatic repercussions on the ability of the ocean to keep providing the support we need.

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  • Komu Daniel

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    Protecting marine life should be a priority for all nations.

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    • Rukia Ahmed Abdi

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      marine life is still under-protected

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      • Ajema Lydiah

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        marine life should be protected as other animals

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        • Munene Mugambi

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          Marine life does not get the protection it deserves

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          • Lucinda Ramsay

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            We need consensus on all aspects of ocean protection. After that we need enforcement from all parties. Maybe we need an overarching intergovernmental policing body with powers to protect and prosecute for proper marine conservation.

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