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First Ever Ocean Health Index Places Canada in Top 10

It took 65 scientists 3 years to produce this first ever Ocean Health Index. Oceans produce 50% of the worlds oxygen, provide food for over 1 billion people, and employ 500 million people; in short ocean health is our health. This measure should help us manage our oceans better; you can't manage what you don't measure.

Canada, with the longest coastline in the world, was tied for 9th out of the171 countries ranked, inside the top 6%.

From the Ocean Health Index website:

Goals

The Ocean Health Index establishes reference points for achieving ten widely accepted socio-ecological objectives, and scores the oceans adjacent to 171 countries and territories on how successfully they deliver these goals.

Evaluated globally and by country, these ten public goals represent the wide range of benefits that a healthy ocean can provide; each country’s overall score is the average of its respective goal scores.

The Ocean Health Index provides a valuable tool for the ongoing assessment of ocean health. By providing a means to advance comprehensive ocean policy and compare future progress, the Index can inform decisions about how to use or protect marine ecosystems.

About

The Index is a collaborative effort, made possible through contributions from more than 65 scientists/ocean experts and partnerships between organizations including the National Center for Ecological Analysis and Synthesis, Sea Around Us, Conservation International, National Geographic, and the New England Aquarium.