In June 2003, the Pew Oceans Commission released an assessment of the state of the U.S. marine environment, which included recommendations for necessary actions to protect our oceans.
It’s now ten years later. Are our oceans doing better or worse?
In 2003, the commission found that:
- More than 60% of coastal rivers and bays were degraded by nutrient runoff.
- Many species were subject to overfishing.
- Invasive species were found in many areas.
The commission recommended that the government work to improve fisheries management, establish marine reserves, regulate pollution and increase coastal restoration efforts.
- NOAA has established science-based annual catch limits in an effort to end overfishing.
- The government has moved to expand marine protected areas in U.S. waters.
- There is now a National Ocean Policy that says “healthy oceans matter.”
But challenges remain. Read the whole post from Pew Environment to see what the U.S. still needs to work on.
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