The fragile ecosystem of our seas are under serious threat. Increasing human activity, shipping to fossil fuel exploration, overfishing to air, water and plastic pollution are all putting more stress on seas. Climate change is disrupting marine habitats’ natural balance through increasing temperatures, and ocean acidification further threatens the viability of many species throughout the food chain.
Currently, only 9% of EU seas are covered by Marine Protected Areas. Most of these areas are not actually protected against the impacts of human activities. This is not good enough. We need to designate significant sections of European waters as networks of MPAs , free from human interference, to allow biodiversity to recover and improve ecosystem resilience against climate change in the long term.
Support the call for 30% of our seas to become real marine protected areas with effective management measures in place under the next European Parliament. Please sign the petition now.