Updated: May 25
A healthy ocean is vital to human health, security and prosperity. Today, as we mark the UN’s International Day for Biological Diversity, it is a reminder of the important role that the ocean plays in supporting our lives and livelihoods in the region.As Dr. Sylvia Earle, marine biologist and explorer once said, ” No blue, No green.”
Shallow water coral reefs, mangroves, seagrass beds, lagoons and beaches as well as coral banks and rocky outcrops in deep waters, make up the coral reef sub-ecosystem and is the richest in biodiversity in the wider Caribbean.
Almost 10% of the world’s coral reefs are found in the Caribbean Sea and the Gulf of Mexico, and 45% of the fish species and 25% of the coral species around found nowhere in the world. Now, our sea is under threat also, from coastal developments, pollution, climate change and acidification and more.
More can, and must be, done to protect these vital ecosystems, including the creation or expansion of marine protected and educational areas. We must act to support our oceans to thrive once more, the way the Caribbean used to be, before it’s too late.
With love and blessings
For Our Ocean
Photo by me: Live Below Water - Woodlands, Montserrat
Founder of Fish 'N Fins Inc. & Blue Economy Consultant, advocating for a bluer future that provides economic opportunities and benefits to coastal communities and those most vulnerable and marginalized. Supporting initiatives and programs that value and protect coastal and marine ecosystems as natural capital, and ensure that activities operate within environmental limits. As an Island Innovation Ambassador, I will be helping to organize and promote the 2nd Virtual Island Summit, aiming to connect 10,000 people from around the world to share and learn about island stories and sustainable development, this year.
Data source: www.unenvironment.org/news-and-stories/story/restoring-caribbean-paradise-it-used-be