Human life is bound to the sea. The sea feeds us, provides us with highways for our commerce, and gives us recreational pleasure. It even provides 50 per cent of the air we breathe. Without it, we would die.
But now, in the 21st century, its future is under catastrophic threat.
From its great whales to its tiny plankton, the very vitality of the sea is in serious danger. And if we don’t act now, it may be too late to do anything about it.
That’s the solemn message of probably the scariest book I’ve read in recent years. For anyone who loves the sea, Professor Callum Roberts’ Ocean Of Life is a strident wake-up call; an urgent alert.
In the past 30 years alone, three-quarters of the world’s marine megafaunae — large animals such as whales, dolphins and sharks — have been lost and one-quarter of the coral reefs have died.
.…..Daily Mail – 13/06/12….. Why are our fish shrinking? From ocean giants in the Fifties to tiddlers today, these pictures show the astonishing change in one fishing port’s typical catch. The reason? We’re turning our seas into ‘dead zones’