Ritchie, Julia

A Sea of Support for Ocean Protection

By Julia Ritchie

Every generation has its big cause. A hundred years ago, Americans banded together to protect our best wild places as National Parks. Our cause must be to meet the challenge of ocean protection.  For too long, we have neglected the 70% of the planet that’s underwater.  We can’t see the problems, so it’s easy to ignore them – such as the fact that 90 percent of the world’s big fish are already gone.

But the tide is turning, and people are starting to recognize the urgency of tackling this last frontier in resource management. And as with other conservation challenges, California is leading the charge.