Marine Conservation

Last week 90 countries participated in the 3rd International conference on marine conservation of the world’s oceans. Over $5.3 billion was pledged to combat the dangers of pollution, climate change and over-fishing. U. S. Secretary of State John Kerry announced that over 1.3 million square miles of ocean has gained protected designation. Twenty countries created 40 marine sanctuaries where commercial fishing, oil exploration and other activities harmful to the marine environment will be limited. President Obama designated the first U.S. Marine reserve in the Atlantic Ocean 4,913 sq. miles of underwater mountains and canyons off the coast of New England. Kerry said, "This is life and death. This is national security. It is international security." He noted that nearly “50% of the world depends on food from the ocean and 12 percent of the world's work force relies on the ocean for their livelihood.”