Natural products that come from the ocean, like sponges, shells, corals, and seaweed, are used to make everything from toothpaste to medicine. These natural products are a big business globally, but a new method of measuring the health of the ocean says we could be doing more to preserve and maximize these gifts from the sea.
Over three years more than 60 scientists developed a new way to gauge the overall health of the ocean known as the Ocean Health Index. The first scores are in and they show the delicate balance between people and sea may be in danger.
One of the world’s most feared predators is under attack. Experts say only about 10% of the world’s sharks remain due to overfishing that could upset the balance of sea life and threaten a variety of local jobs and the global food supply.
Are you interested in knowing even more about the state of our planet's oceans and how it impacts humans? If so you'll want to check out the half-hour special "Oceans at the Tipping Point" airing on KATU.
Our planet's oceans offer some spectacular sites. Photographers from the Conservation International captured these stunning images.
As the Earth's temperature rises, the ocean heats up evaporating more water into the air, which can fuel powerful storms.
From a small fishing village to a large commercial operation, there are myriad ways peole fish our planet's oceans. Take a look at some of the ways as captured by the Ocean Health Index.
The Ocean Health Index is shedding surprising light on how the health of the ocean impacts our daily lives. Some believe the way we interact with the sea could be putting the vital resource in serious jeopardy.