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New Study Finds That The Public Widely Supports Actions To Protect The Ocean

Source: Phys.org/UC San Diego - January 12, 2018 in Adventure

New Study Finds That The Public Widely Supports Actions To Protect The Ocean
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The public widely believes that the marine environment is under threat from human activities, and supports actions to protect the marine environment in their region, according to a new study to be published in the February issue of the journal Ocean and Coastal Management.

The study, conducted by an international team of researchers, reviews a set of public perception surveys of marine issues that reached over 32,000 people in 21 countries. It provides one of the first systematic comparisons of the  of marine threats and protection around the world.

The researchers found that 70% of respondents believe that the marine environment is under  from human activities, and 45% believe the threat is high or very high. Survey respondents identified the greatest threats as pollution and fishing, followed by , climate change, and .

“People around the world are aware that the  is threatened and what are the major threats to the ocean,” says Heike Lotze, a researcher at Dalhousie University in Canada, who led the study.

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