One of the David and Lucile Packard Foundation’s long-term goals is to restore the health and productivity of the world ocean, on which all life depends. MBARI research results have contributed to raising public awareness about the health and future of the ocean.
An urgent message for ocean conservation
To exemplify the urgent need for ocean conservation Chris Scholin, president and chief executive officer of the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute and Juile Packard, executive director of the Monterey Bay Aquarium, wrote an opinion article that was published in the New York Times.
While pointing out serious threats to the ocean such as pollution, overfishing, climate change, and “the rush to exploit the riches of the ocean and seafloor,” Scholin and Packard also expressed that,“We need a global initiative to accelerate our understanding of the deep sea and how it is faring. A cooperative, multicountry monitoring network to track and report threats (…) could provide critical guidance for climate policy and sustainable ocean management.”
“The ocean is the largest home for life on our planet and the blue heart of earth’s climate system. We must use them wisely. Otherwise, we risk using them up.”