Because markets see value only in parts of the ocean, and not in the whole, the valuable pieces are extracted and the rest is degraded. To scale up ocean conservation, we need to level the playing field. We term this collection of tools "eco-markets."
Last night my eyes were opened. I learned about the atrocities that have happened to our ocean, about how polluted our world is becoming, the harmful overfishing of our oceans, and how many species of beautiful creatures essential to our ecosphere are teetering on the verge of extinction.
Here at Rio+20, it's clearer than ever that we all must play our part to protect our oceans and the planet. Whether you work in government, business, or civil society, we all must make decisions today that will create the future we want.
This series aims to provide an outlet in which we hope to open up the discussion on overfishing to the larger public, cut through the rhetoric and encourage more people to participate in marine fish conservation.