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Latin America Should Initiate Ocean Rescue Missions


The coming international conference on oceans will address critical issues that are threatening the oceans and robbing their riches illegally. However, many feel that Latin America should play an important role to lead this drive of change.

Dailycsr.com – 17 August 2015 – According to the IPS reports Latin America needs to secure a place in the rung of “global leadership” for itself, whereby taking measures to “protect the oceans” from climate change, plastic pollutant and illegal fishing. The largest ocean conservation organization, Oceana ’s executive director, Alex Muñoz informed:

“The whole world is lagging in terms of effective measures to protect the oceans, and Latin America is no exception”.

“We hope the region will take on a leadership role in this area, creating large protected marine areas, eliminating overfishing and creating better systems to combat illegal and unreported fishing.”
He is of the opinion that, the international conferences held to reflect on the urgency of the matter can accelerate the formation of “marine conservation policies” affecting the entire world. It has become the need of the hour to act now else the time will run out of our hands like the receding coastal sand-line.
The coming second “international Our Ocean Conference”, which is scheduled to take place in Valparaiso on the 5th and 6th of October 2015, would likely be attended by scientists, environmental activists, business delegates, and government representatives who should swear in towards taking “concrete actions” to save the oceans. In fact, in the foreign minister of Chile, Heraldo Muñoz’s words:
“The big global themes should be addressed from a broad, inclusive perspective”.
The first set of conferences held on the issues of oceans, in 2014, open the way for volunteers and alliances to contribute “more than 800 million dollars” for the initiative of protecting “more than three million square km of ocean”. The meeting that is going to be held in Valparaíso will take up the progress made by the participant countries on their previous commitment, whereby assigning them with new goals. Moreover, Oceana’s Alex Muñoz added:

“These meetings generate healthy competition between countries to make announcements that otherwise wouldn’t be made”.

“…(2014 onwards) many governments have been motivated to create large marine parks or to sign accords to fight illegal fishing, like the New York United Nations accord, which hadn’t been ratified for a number of years.”
The oceans of the world occupying over 70% of the earth’s surface, holds the treasure trove of 50% to 80% species on this planet, while the phytoplankton generate 50% of the oxygen present in the atmosphere. Indeed the oceans are the guarding of ‘threatened riches’ on the world. In fact, a study conducted by the “World Wildlife Fund ” reveals that:

“…the oceans conceal some 24 trillion dollars of untapped wealth ”.
Unfortunately, as the study shows these resources are in the verge of extinction as they are under the treats of “over-exploitation, misuse and climate change”. Latin American continent houses five leading “fishing nations” and they are facing may problem due to over-exploitation of marine resources. Moreover, the IPS reports that:

“Illegal fishing, meanwhile, is jeopardising some species of sharks, like the whitetip reef shark (Triaenodonobesus), found along Central America’s Pacific coast, as well as the Patagonian toothfish or Chilean seabass (Dissostichuseleginoides), and sea cucumbers (Holothuroidea)”.