The Galapagos Marine Reserve is home to nearly 3,000 marine species. (Shutterstock) The ocean quietly unites global communities in a profound way. And yet, the ocean faces more threats today than ever before in history. The facts and predictions are staggering. More than 25 per cent of the world’s fisheries are overfished, and most are operating at a maximum sustainable level with no room for those fisheries to expand . The rate of ocean acidification, which happens when the ocean absorbs too much carbon, far exceeds what is natural . By the turn of the century, more than half of the world’s ocean species could face extinction . This story is part of Oceans 21 Our series on the global ocean opened with five in-depth profiles . Look out for new articles on the state of our oceans in the lead up to the UN’s next climate conference, COP26. The series is brought to you by The Conversation’s international network. People continue to carelessly develop and destroy the world’s biggest ecosystem. Ocean conservation is not just essential to safeguard biodiversity, but by protecting the ocean we also protect ourselves . SDG 14: Conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas […]

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