Oceans

Ocean Conservation

Human activities causing water and air pollution have resulted in an increased extinction rate, as well as a major decrease in the biological diversity of plants and animals in the ocean. The term “ocean conservation” refers to the study and preservation of the biodiversity of these marine plants and animals.

The greatest threats to our oceans include overfishing, coastal pollution, storm water runnoff, plastic pollution, and oil drilling, just to name a few.

Atmospheric pollution has two major effects on the ocean. One is that it is a major contributor to the acidification of the seas. The other is that it also causes global warming. This, in turn, leads to a warming of the oceans, the melting of icecaps, and a rise in sea levels.

At the epicenter are the coral reefs. A key component to the survival of the biodiversity of the ocean ecosystem, they are under threat both from ocean acidification, as well as increasing water temperatures resulting from global warming.

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Coalition Clean Baltic

The main goal of CCB is the protection and improvement of the Baltic Sea environment and natural resources. CCB is gathering, producing and distributing information about environmental problems in the Baltic Sea Area.

Dauphin Island Sea Lab

The Dauphin Island Sea Lab is Alabama’s marine research facility. Site has information about lab’s college/university programs, Alabama’s SEAS education curriculum, and conferences on marine environmental issues.

National Ocean Service

Information on environmental monitoring, coastal monitoring and assessment, water quality, biodiversity, aeronautical charting and cartography, nautical charting and cartography, national marine sanctuaries.

People for Puget Sound

A non-profit group working to protect and restore the health of Puget Sound and the Northwest Straits through education and action. Offers news, book resources, and links.

Pew Oceans Commission

Chartered to assess the condition of America’s oceans and living marine resources, and set national priorities to restore and protect them against unintended fishing impacts, coastal development, pollution, climate change, aquaculture, and invasive species.

United Nations Atlas of the Oceans

Extensive information resource on the world’s oceans, including geography, biology, physical dynamics, human uses of marine resources, and issues and concerns.

Save Our Seas

Since 2003, the Save Our Seas Foundation has been dedicated to protecting life in our oceans, especially sharks and rays.. We support researchers, conservationists and educators around the globe by funding their projects and helping them to tell important scientific and environmental stories.