Healthy Oceans. Healthy Communities.

Ocean Ecosystems

Bluefin tuna. Photo: NOAA/Marine Photobank

Each day that we are alive, we literally live and breathe the ocean.

It doesn't matter where you live or what you do. If you are presently alive on the planet Earth, your life is inextricably intertwined with the ocean.

The ocean is present in the patterns of weather that we've come to expect, the supplies of fresh water that nourish our crops and reservoirs, and the seafood that is so important to so many. It is the source for half of the oxygen that you breathe.

So what's the problem? Well, until very recently, people thought that the oceans were so vast that nothing we did could hurt them. However, as new science shows us every day, we were wrong: our actions do have impacts that threaten the integrity of the ocean. Read the most recent statement of leading world fisheries science organizations here.

That's why Living Oceans Society is working to ensure a healthy ocean by protecting the four pillars of ocean ecosystems: habitat, biodiversity, food webs, and water quality.

While these four pillars are part of all of our initiatives, they are at the forefront of our work in ocean planning.

By protecting these four pillars, we will be doing our part to ensure that future generations will also be able to live and breathe the ocean.