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January 10, 2018 University of California – San Diego read full ScienceDaily article

People around the world strongly support ocean conservation measures, according to a new study of public perceptions of marine threats and protection.

The public widely believes that the marine environment is under threat from human activities, and supports actions to protect the marine environment in their region, according to a new study to be published in the February issue of the journal Ocean and Coastal Management.

The study, conducted by an international team of researchers, reviews a set of public perception surveys of marine issues that reached over 32,000 people in 21 countries. It provides one of the first systematic comparisons of the public perceptions of marine threats and protection around the world.

The researchers found that 70% of respondents believe that the marine environment is under threat from human activities, and 45% believe the threat is high or very high. Survey respondents identified the greatest threats as pollution and fishing, followed by habitat alteration, climate change, and biodiversity loss….

Heike K. Lotze, Haley Guest, Jennifer O’Leary, Arthur Tuda, Douglas Wallace. Public perceptions of marine threats and protection from around the world. Ocean & Coastal Management, 2018; 152: 14 DOI: 10.1016/j.ocecoaman.2017.11.004

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