World Wide Fund for Nature says nearly half the world’s marine animals wiped out in single generation
Humanity’s mismanagement of the ocean has led to the loss of almost half the world’s marine mammals, birds, reptiles and fish in a single generation, a World Wide Fund for Nature report says.
The emergency edition of WWF’s Living Blue Planet Report revealed a 49 per cent decline in marine vertebrate populations between 1970 and 2012. For some fish this figure was almost 75 per cent.
“Often that word ’emergency’ gets bandied about, but in this situation it really is an emergency,” said Richard Leck, marine program leader for WWF Australia.
“I work on these issues day-to-day, but to see the findings of this report in the space of a generation, it is truly stunning that we can have that level of impact in such a short period of time.”
Director General of WWF International Marco Lambertini described the situation as nothing short of a “crisis,” in his foreword to the report by WWF and the Royal Zoological Society of London. Continue reading