The oceans are important.
The oceans are home to 80% of life on this planet.
They play crucial roles in regulating our climate and absorbing carbon dioxide.
They provide the primary source of protein for more than 2.6 billion people and are a source of livelihood for fishermen globally.
Coral reefs are vital to the world's fisheries acting as nurseries for young fish. Medicinal compounds for cancer treatments, painkillers and other medical applications are produced on coral reefs. They protect islands by acting as a natural barrier against storms. Ecosystem services provided by coral reefs alone is estimate to be $30 billion annually and more than 90 national economies integrate reef-based activities, creating more than 15% of GDP in nearly two dozen countries.
The oceans are under pressure.
We remove 970 billion fish from the oceans each year and replace it with 8 million tonnes of plastic waste.
70% of marine mammals are threatened with extinction, 35% of mangrove forests have been destroyed and 75% of the worlds coral reefs are projected to die by 2050.
Land is being cleared for development to meet the growing number of tourists visiting beaches and coasts.
Marine life endure increasing water temperatures and acidic environments as a result of the oceans absorbing the excess heat and CO2 in our atmosphere.