The oceans, covering 71% of the planet are critical in enabling life to exist on Earth.
There is overwhelming evidence that the oceans are in crisis. Oceans are over-fished, over-polluted, over-warmed by climate change, and are becoming increasingly acidic.
As a result dead zones are spreading, marine species are disappearing, fish stocks are fully exploited and in some cases depleted.
A report by the International Programme on the State of the Ocean (IPSO) warns that the combination of these factors will inevitably cause a mass marine extinction if swift action isn't taken to improve conditions.
Professor Alex Rogers, Scientific Director of IPSO said: “The situation should be of the gravest concern to everyone since everyone will be affected by changes in the ability of the ocean to support life on Earth.”
The solutions include global agreements on conservation, fishing, and reducing CO2 emissions.