This goal seeks to protect, conserve, and sustainably use oceans, seas, and marine resources by eliminating pollution and over-fishing. To do this, we must protect and restore marine and coastal ecosystems, support small scale fishers, implement and enforce international sea law, and increase research and technology for ocean health.
- The ocean covers 75% of the Earth’s surface. As much as 40% of the ocean is affected by pollution and other human activities. An average of 13,000 pieces of plastic litter can be found on every square kilometer of ocean.
- More than 3 billion people rely on marine and coastal biodiversity for their livelihoods. Due to improper marine management, over-fishing occurs, which results in major economic losses for entire communities.
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