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The Precarious State of Our Oceans

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Humanity has had an unequivocal impact on the world’s oceans and our continued growth in population has seen a declining rate in fish populations and the growth of hypoxic zones devoid of animal life. A recent study by the University of California Santa Barbara points to the role of human activity in degrading marine fauna.

On February 25, a panel of experts will discuss how the oceans are reacting to the growing threat from humans and what can be done from a biological and security standpoint.

The “Managing Our Planet” seminar series is developed jointly by George Mason University, the Brazil Institute and the Environmental Change and Security Program. It is based on the premise that the impacts of humanity on the environment (including natural resources) are at a planetary scale, requiring planetary-scale solutions.

Click here to view the full study by Douglas McCauley et al “Marine Defaunation: Animal Loss in the Global Ocean”

Watch the Pristine Seas: Protecting an Ocean at Risk video here


  • Sherri Goodman

    Senior Fellow
    Former U.S. Deputy Under Secretary of Defense (Environmental Security)
  • Nancy Knowlton

    Chair for Marine Science, National Museum of Natural History
  • Monica Medina

    Senior Director for International Ocean Policy, National Geographic Society
  • Paul Schopf

    Professor of Oceanography, Associate Dean for Research and Computing, George Mason University