A Better Future Through Protecting America’s Ocean Habitats

Fact Sheet
September 24, 2019

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The ocean makes up more than 70 percent of the Earth’s surface; it supplies half of the Earth’s oxygen, provides a critical source of protein and a way of life for billions of people, contributes trillions of dollars to the world economy, and is home to much of this planet’s life. Ocean health drives the future of our planet—and it is suffering. Overexploitation and pollution has stressed our ocean, and acidification and temperature rises are harming marine life and impacting all of us who rely on the ocean for food, jobs, and recreation. We must act now to protect important ocean habitat, and act together, to protect our ocean and give ourselves a fighting chance for a healthier future.