Report | April 21, 2010

Threatened species

Protecting marine species worldwide is difficult and requires specific actions to be developed or adapted. Countries are authorised to protect only an extremely small proportion of the habitats in which these species live. As such, the development of isolated policies or policies based on geographic limitations makes measures less effective. In addition, agreements or legislation on management of the marine environment have listed marine species or habitats without adequately considering their situation and ignoring aspects that are important for their protection. Many of these obstacles are the result of a lack of knowledge in marine biology, so it is essential to develop studies that shed light on the oceans, its habitats, species and interactions.