By Sasha Pei-Silovo – EM TV, Port Moresby
The World Wildlife Fund Living Blue Planet Report has revealed a 49 per cent loss of marine vertebrae life between the years 1970 and 2012 with a decline of 75 per cent for some fish species.
The report gives an in-depth view on the state of the world oceans; more so than previous reviews and provides insight into the impact of commercial fishing on marine life.
With a large portion of the world’s coastal communities dependent on the sea, the decline in marine life is said to have a detrimental impact on their livelihood, a concern that cannot be overlooked according to WWF.
The report states that the mismanagement of the world’s oceans by humans has led to the diminishment of sea mammals, fish, reptiles and birds; providing strong evidence of the need to restore the health of our oceans.
The WWF report presents a significant call for action to protect the world’s oceans and for greater attention to be given to protecting marine life.