Save the world's oceans - David Attenborough style

Save the world's oceans - David Attenborough style

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Anastasia Gailly de Taurines started this petition to United Nations and

If you've seen David Attenborough's latest documentary, A Life on Our Planet, you know what I'm talking about. It is imperative that we restore nature's wilderness for the sake of our own species' survival, and an excellent place to start is with our oceans. One way of achieving this is to implement no-fishing zones. Creating large no-fishing zones across international waters would allow fish stocks to regrow, eventually to a point where they can overflow to the fishing zones, providing us with a source of food that we are currently rapidly depleting. This would be a win-win situation: part of nature, wilderness and biodiversity is restored, and we benefit by having a healthy, constant and sustainable source of food.

This has been demonstrated as a successful approach by the island nation of Palau. According to the WEF [https://www.weforum.org/agenda/2019/12/palau-pacific-marine-protected-area-fishing-environment/#:~:text=Palau%20will%20ban%20fishing%20on,doubled%20in%20Palau's%20protected%20areas in 2015 Palau announced that 80% of its waters would be closed to commercial fishing. Since then, the fish stocks in those areas have already doubled, and have thus also been able to begin repopulating the areas open to commercial fishing.

A Life on Our Planet estimates that simply by prohibiting fishing in 1/3rd of our coastal seas, global fish stocks would eventually restore themselves to provide all the fish humans could possibly require. So this petition is a hopeful demand that we do just that, for the generations alive today and all those that follow.

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