Squeezing life out of oceanic ecosystems, communities around the world leave the waters contaminated and dirty, unable to sustain the vast array of diversity which is stifled to extinction
38 per cent of Africa's coastal ecosystems are threatened by development-related activities. Population densities reach 500-1,000 inhabitants per square km along the Nile delta
Almost 25 per cent of Canada's and about 55 per cent of the USpopulations live in coastal areas. The US coastal population is growing at four times the national average
In the past 30 years, depletion of resources such as fisheries, mangroves and coral reefs has hit Asia and the Pacific. An estimated 1,800 tonnes of pesticides enter the Bay of Bengal every year
POLAR WARMING AND MELTING OF THE ICE CAPS COULD POTENTIALLY ALTER THE FLOW OF MAJOR OCEAN CURRENTS
It is estimated that more than 60 per cent of Asia's mangroves have been converted to aquaculture farms
The number of oil spills may have reduced relatively but recent studies reveal the devastation such spills wreak for marine life over long periods of time
Sewage contamination of marine waters is a public health problem of global proportions.
|Global disease burden of selected common and marine-related diseases|
(US $ billion)
|Trachea, brachia and lung cancer||35.0|
|Upper respiratory tract infections||5.2|
|Diseases related to marine
related to bathing and swimming
|Seafood consumption (hepatitis)||7.2|
|Seafood consumption (algal toxins)||4.0|
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