World Ocean Review: Sustainable Use of Our Oceans – Making Ideas Work


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Vast and inaccessible, the oceans are difficult to comprehend and are rarely at the centre of our attention. Nor do they have advocates or lobbyists. This is quite remar­kable, since the oceans crucially determine our climate and are an increasingly important source of our food. In order to raise public awareness of the inter­rela­tion­ships in marine science and thereby contribute to a more effective pro­tec­tion of the seas, mareverlag founded the non-profit company maribus in 2008. Maribus’s mission is to boost awareness of the oceans; it pursues no commercial interests. The “World Ocean Review” is a unique compilation presenting the state of our oceans and encapsulating cutting-edge science. It was made possible by the cooperation of various partners >


The fourth edition of the World Ocean Review (WOR) focuses on sustainability and explores how that concept can guide the management of our marine environment. WOR 4 explains the key ecosystem services supplied by our seas and identifies the main threats to them. It offers an overview of current marine policy at regional and transnational level and shows how conservation and sustainable use of our oceans can be reconciled in future.

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So, What is Overfishing?

Overfishing occurs when fish are caught in substantial numbers, at a rate faster than what the population can replace through natural reproduction. This leads to difficulties for species to successfully reproduce and maintain viable numbers for their survival; this negatively impacts other species, which interact in marine ecosystems.

  • According to marine ecologists, “overfishing is the greatest threat to ocean ecosystems today, and scientists agree that at current exploitation rates, many important fish stocks will become extinct  from the system within 25 years”
  • “Since 1950, with the onset of industrialized fisheries, we have rapidly reduced the resource base to less than 10% for entire communities of these large fish species from the tropics  to the poles” (Ransom Myers & Boris Worm)

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2 thoughts on “World Ocean Review: Sustainable Use of Our Oceans – Making Ideas Work

  1. You are so cool! I do not think I’ve read through a single thing
    like this before. So good to find someone
    with original thoughts on this subject. Really.. thank you for starting this up.
    This site is one thing that is required on the web, someone with a bit of originality!


    1. Thanks for your very positive feedback! There is a lot of very good information out there on what is happening around our plant and just trying to bring a lot of it to one central location. Think WOR reports are doing a very good job.


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