You may have noticed that the news has been a bit one-sided lately; and with good reason. It’s kind of hard to focus on anything else when there’s a global pandemic going on. Who would have thought?
But, today we’ve got a story that has largely snuck under the radar, despite its massive importance.
A study released on April 1st provided us with this incredible news;
The Ocean Can be Successfully Restored by 2050.
There are some major hurdles to overcome, but the team of scientists has identified where to focus our efforts and how to scale up existing conservation methods.
“We know what we have to do to rebuild marine life, and we have evidence that this goal can be achieved within three decades. Indeed, this requires that we accelerate our efforts, and spread them to areas where efforts are currently modest” said Carlos Duarte professor of marine science at the King Abdullah University of Science and Technology.
The researchers identified nine components that are key to rebuilding the oceans: salt marshes, mangroves, seagrasses, coral reefs, kelp, oyster reefs, fisheries, megafauna and the deep ocean.
They even outlined financial plans and money allocations to provide world governments with the data they need to implement successful conservation management.
The review also points out that for every dollar invested, the expected return would be $10 from future revenues in fishing, tourism, and other marine activities.
This is perhaps the most comprehensive and detailed look at global ocean conservation that has ever been released. It is something that impacts every single person on the planet.
It is a much-needed win for all of us!