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Last week, Oceana senior advisor Alexandra Cousteau, granddaughter of famed oceanographer Jacques Cousteau, spoke to several audiences in Spain about how we can save the oceans to feed the world. It is a message we must share with anyone who will listen (and many who still refuse to).

There are 7 billion people on the planet, and the UN estimates that number will reach 9 billion by 2050.

It’s been three years since Oceana set up shop in Copenhagen to work exclusively on restoring the Baltic Sea, one of the most polluted and threatened seas in the world.

Here is the catch: On paper, the Baltic region is leagues ahead of most of Europe when it comes to designating marine protected areas. On paper, 12% of the Baltic Sea is protected, which means on paper, the region has met and surpassed the goal laid out by the UN to protect 10% of the world’s oceans by 2020.

The intriguing species that live in the deep-sea, hundreds of metres below the ocean’s surface, are some of the least suitable fish in the world for supporting commercial fisheries. Physiologically, they have adapted to life in a cold, dark environment where resources are patchy and in scarce supply. As a result, biological processes happen on a much slower timescale for many deep-sea fish than for species that live in shallow waters; they grow slowly, they begin to reproduce at a late age, and can live for many years.

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