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Ocean 'compromised'

Sikeli Qounadovu
Thursday, August 24, 2017

THE ocean is compromised and unless nothing is done all 7.5 billion people living on Earth will be affected, says United Nations Resident Coordinator to the Pacific Osnat Lubrani.

She made the comment while addressing delegates during the Pacific Blue Economy conference at the Grand Pacific Hotel in Suva yesterday. Ms Lubrani said 40 per cent of the world oceans were considered "heavily affected" by human activity because of a series of ocean management policies and market failures, which in turn led to overexploitation and pollution.

She said as a result of these activities, 75 per cent of coral reefs were threatened and "we have lost one-fifth of all coral reefs and mangroves.

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