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Threatened marine life
Only 4.2 per cent of the species on IUCN's Red List of Threatened Animals are marine. While this might seem like a small number, in reality it reflects the fact that science knows very little about the ocean's inhabitants. ... more

Valuing the oceans
Oceans ecosystems provide goods and services worth at least $21 million a year, over half of this from coastal ecosystems. The haul of seafood alone is valued at around $70 billion a year and provides direct employment to 200 million small-scale and commercial fishers. ... more

Coastal and ocean management
Around the world 177 nations have coastlines, but as of 2006, slightly fewer than 100 had developed coastal management plans. Although this is twice as many as 1992, no more than 20 had actually been able to implement their plans. Most countries have been content to set up pilot project sites that manage only a tiny area of coastline. ... more

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