Our oceans make life on Earth possible. Covering 70% of our planet, they are essential to our very existence.
- Oceans cover over 70% of our 'blue planet'. They are home to over 220,000 known species.
- But the oceans need our protection now, more than ever.
- Over 7 million tonnes of non-target marine life are caught in fishing gears each year.
- Annually, around 100 million sharks are killed: approximately 11,415 sharks per hour.
- Over 90% of the world’s large ocean species - like cod, halibut and swordfish - have been lost since the 1950s.
- Less than 1% of our seas and oceans are protected for future generations.
- Illegal ‘pirate’ fishing costs the global economy up to $23.5 billion each year.
- By the year 2100, without significant changes, more than half of the world’s marine species may stand on the brink of extinction.
World’s Oceans Day on the 8th June is a chance to celebrate our seas, their rich abundance of wildlife, and the vital role they play as the main source of food and income for millions of families and communities all over the world.
Together, we have made a difference - supporting fishermen in some of the world’s poorest and most vulnerable coastal communities, and protecting amazing wildlife species such as turtles and sharks that are vital to the future health and diversity of our global oceans.
“We believe that taking steps to support the environment and the people that produce our food isn't an optional luxury, in 2017 it must now be seen as a necessity. This is why we're happy to offer our ongoing support to the Save the Sea campaign”
Ewan McFarlane, owner of The Larder on Goosegate