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Life as we know it began in the ocean. A few billion years later and sea life continues to be the vibrant base supporting us all, regardless of where we live.
From the tiniest sea star to the largest tuna, our ocean hold about 90% of the planet’s total living biomass. Seagrass beds, kelp forests, and phytoplankton work tirelessly, capturing 50-70% of our carbon emissions and producing half the oxygen we need to breathe. We depend heavily on sea life for sustenance, medicines, livelihoods, protection, and so much more. Currently, over 3.1 billion people rely on fish as their primary source of protein. Despite its global social, economic, and cultural importance, sea life is threatened by the very life it supports. Human activities, such as unregulated coastal development, destructive fishing practices, and increased ship traffic have decimated marine habitats and populations worldwide. As of 2016, over 85% of the world’s fisheries are classified as either fully exploited or critically overexploited. Still, an average of 7.3 million tons of sea creatures are caught, killed, then thrown away each year.
The demise and general disregard for our ocean’s smaller life forms marks more than just the loss of a delicious food source— it means the loss of an identity, of a global connector. People have always come together over their love for the sea. Kids spend sunny weekends on fishing trips with parents. Tourists rush to local seafood shacks to see if Maryland blue crabs, Maine lobsters, and Louisiana oysters are really as great as the state prides them to be.
It’s not too late to defend our underwater friends. The truth stands that for life to exist on Earth, life in the sea must thrive.