“You cannot get through a single day without having an impact on the world around you. What you do makes a difference, and you have to decide what kind of difference you want to make.”

—Jane Goodall

 

A diverse and thriving Atlantic ocean ecosystem is critical to a healthy planet. It is also critical to the sustainability of human dependence on natural ocean resources. Top threats to ocean health are over fishing, ocean and coastal pollution, habitat destruction, and climate change. As the human population continues to grow, it is imperative that we adjust to the needs of our resources that are becoming both more important and more limited.

 

Oceans and Marine Ecosystems

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Photo credit - NOAA

Ecosystem-based fisheries management, abundant forage species, and protected fish habitat are the cornerstones of a healthy marine ecosystem and thriving and sustainable fisheries.

Coasts, Bays, and Estuaries

Photo Credit - Matthew chenet photography

Photo Credit - Matthew chenet photography

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Marine Mammals and Endangered Species

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Photo credit - NOAA

The North Atlantic right whale is one of the most endangered marine mammals in the world, with less than 400 individuals and 100 breeding females remaining in the population. The main causes of death and sub-lethal harm are entanglement in fishing gear and ship strikes. In addition, these whales rely on close communication with their young to keep them alive. They are subjected to an almost constant barrage of ocean noise from ships and seismic testing.