Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Endangered Species List Short on Oceans

the scarce guitarfish

The ocean has more species in jeopardy than on the land and these species need to be added to the Endangered Species Act, according to Wild Earth Guardians.  Stop huffing and puffing and just do it.

Only 94 of the 1,475 species currently protected live in the oceans.  Meanwhile, the oceans cover over 71% of the planet. 

“People have had this idea for way too long that the seas are so vast and limitless that nothing we could ever do could hurt them,”  said Ellen K. Pikitch, executive director of the Institute for Ocean Conservation Science in the Washington Post

The disparity reflects an outdated mindset that has brought us to where we are now -- staring down a damaged ocean that continues to be abused by people. 

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