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Thursday, June 05, 2003

A report from the independent Pew Oceans Commission says that overfishing at sea, over-development along the coasts + increasing pollution from cities and fields are leading to a decline of ocean wildlife and the collapse of ocean ecosystems around the US...

The report concludes that "the status quo is unacceptable" and has identified the following priorities:

* A unified national policy based on using marine resources sustainably

* The redirection of fisheries policy towards protecting ecosystems

* The management of coastal development to minimise habitat damage + the loss of water quality

* The control of pollution, especially nutrients.

* The establishment of a national system of fully protected marine reserves.

* The formation of an independent national oceans agency.

* The doubling of funding for basic ocean science + research.