It’s always great to see what positive things are being done to protect and better understand our ocean waters. Here's a good report from Conservation International.
A tool developed by Conservation Internet and partners to provide governments, communities, and businesses with the data they need to make sustainable decisions about ocean use has given the ocean its annual check-up. Its health “score”: 71 out of 100, the same as last year. While the score, calculated using the Ocean Health Index (OHI), isn’t as high as it could be, it doesn’t paint as grim a picture as it seems, according to one expert.
“This score sends a message that the ocean isn’t ‘dying’ the way many people think, but that people and marine life will fare much better when we use it in more sustainable ways,” said Steve Katona, OHI’s managing director.
There’s more to this story, though, than the overall score.
The Ocean Health Index measures against 10 indicators including food provision, carbon storage and coastal livelihoods. By compiling the best available global data from multiple sources — satellites, habitat surveys, economic reports, tourism studies, U.N. fishery reports and more — the OHI generates “scores” for the coasts and oceans (out to 200 nautical miles) of all coastal countries and their territories.
While the ocean’s health may be middling on a global level, OHI is being used on a local level to help nurse marine habitats back to health in places around the world. Examples from many countries and territories, such as the five below, are showing that ocean health can steadily be achieved, country by country: