Marine ecosystems around the world have suffered severe degradation in the last few decades. Many fish stocks are severely overfished, warming water and other factors have led to extensive coral loss, and runoff from agriculture and other activities is impacting coastal ecosystems. Biodiversity loss at this scale is of concern in and of itself but it also leads to reduced food security for many communities, loss of revenue from fishing and tourism, and increased costs and loss of life associated with storm damage.
Why marine conservation education rather than direct action? Because people love and protect what they know. Because broadening access to marine education leads to greater diversity, more ideas, better solutions. Because it empowers local people to act and because the next generation is our brightest hope for the future.