The oceans have been described as “the lungs of the planet”. Scientists warn however, that they are running out of breath. Oceans are the greatest producers of oxygen, and play a crucial role in the survival and wellbeing of us humans & animals by providing essential ecosystems and provisioning services such as primary production, genetic and medical resources. The ocean provides a critical food source, being the primary source of protein for around 3 billion people.
Additionally, the oceans regulate climate, undertake carbon sequestration and air purification, provide recreation for us (swim baby swim), and are of spiritual significance and historical value. Oceans are critical to international trade and communication systems, and present opportunities for sustainable development and economic growth, from aquaculture to renewable energy.