Saving the Oceans Means Saving Ourselves

An Inside Look at Ocean Protection Efforts with Veronika Mikos of Healthy Seas

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Photo: Healthy Seas

Our Ocean Conference

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Veronika Mikos, Sylvia Earle and Pascal van Erp at Our Ocean 2017. (Photo: Healthy Seas)

Oceans are vital for life on Earth…

Renowned marine biologist, oceanographer, explorer, author, and lecturer Sylvia Earle inspired everyone around her at Our Ocean 2017.
Polluting the oceans means killing our future.

…and they are facing dire threats

“No ocean, no life support system.” Sharing her story and experience with oceans, Sylvia Earle highlights the importance of oceans, and leaves no doubt that humans are to blame for their degradation.

The biggest threat to oceans is marine pollution

Discarded plastic floats downstream into the ocean.
By 2050, there will be more plastic in our seas than fish.

10% of marine litter is abandoned and lost fishing gear, which keeps capturing animals

Annually, about 640,000 tons of ghost nets end up in our seas and oceans.

Healthy Seas’ marine protection efforts in Malta

EU Commissioner Vella stresses the importance of Initiatives like Healthy Seas, as they lead the way to a more circular economy and to a healthier marine environment.
Together with local divers Healthy Seas managed to remove over 2000 kilos of lost fishing gear and other marine litter. Now, the local community continues on its own.
Involving local divers helps the message live on.
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Poseidon, King of the Seas, created by Jennings Falzon as a tribute to all marine animals that have suffered and died because of lost fishing gear. (Photo: Healthy Seas)

It all began with divers and their love for the ocean

When divers saw the drama down there, they started to remove the lost fishing nets from wrecks.

A lucky moment in time

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Cleaning the ocean from fishnets is the first step in the Journey from Waste to Wear. (Photo: Peter Bullen)
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Healthy Seas, a partnership of NGO’s and businesses, represents a major step to a circular economy and can take pride in impressive achievements. Its results are growing exponentially: in 2016, the collected nets amounted to almost as much as all three previous years combined. (Photo: Healthy Seas)

What can we do for our oceans as individuals?

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