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Part V:The Oceans in Trouble


The oceans are in serious trouble. Stocks of commercially important fish have collapsed in many areas. Reefs have been dying at an alarming rate. The water is warming and acidifying. Ecosystems are shifting in unpredictable ways.

Click highlighted links in the list below to find out more information on some of these crises.

Electronic trash trawled up from 3000m deep,
40 miles off Monterey, CA.

Here are some news stories on saving the oceans:

• 2000 News: President Clinton signs bill to increase protection of the oceans
• 2006 News: President Bush signs bill to create world's largest coral-reef reserve / MPA (Marine Protected Area).
• 2009 News: President Bush designates 3 huge marine reserves
• 2009 News: New studies show that properly managed fisheries can recover!
• 2010 News: Congress passes a ban on shark finnning!

Deep sea trash from near San Diego.
Image from http://mlmlblog.wordpress.com/2008/09/

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