While the past decade has demonstrated great public awareness of ocean issues, and in some cases some striking successes in ocean protection and stewardship, our overall progress toward a global solution has been limited.
Thriving, healthy oceans are essential, not only to the wonderful array of corals, fish, squid, sharks and whales, but for all of us. They provide us with the food we eat. They provide us with half of the oxygen we breathe.
We can drastically improve our chances of battling climate change if we start thinking seriously about wild seafood. Wild seafood, properly managed, can replenish itself year by year, decade by decade, millennia by millennia.
At present, there are no fewer than 140 laws and 20 agencies that govern our seas, each with its own agendas and mandates. Such piecemeal governance is unwieldy and fails to effectively address many of the oceans' problems.
Oil continues to plague the Gulf of Mexico, but press reports indicate that today, President Obama, will adopt a new policy that provides hope for the future of our seas. This national policy will transform the way we manage our oceans and Great Lakes.