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More species live in the oceans than on land. Image Tab

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With increasing human populations and encroaching coastal development, the long-term survival of marine ecosystems - and the many people that rely on them - are under threat. Contributing factors include overfishing, pollution and climate change.


Covering more than two thirds of our planet, oceans produce 70% of our oxygen and absorb vast amounts of carbon dioxide. They also drive the Earth's weather systems. More species live in the oceans than on land, including iconic sharks, turtles and whales.

The marine environment also holds great economic value, with coastal goods and services contributing a third to South Africa's gross domestic product.

Did you know?

South Africa has more ocean territory than land. With over 12 000 marine species in our waters, they are also home to some of the world’s most productive and diverse ecosystems.

© Garth Cripps
What is WWF Doing?

We are working towards creating healthy oceans which support abundant biodiversity. sustainable livelihoods and thriving economy. To achieve this, WWF engages with governments, business, coastal communities and seafood consumers to help develop and integrated approach to look after our oceans. We also ensure adequate planning of the many shared uses of our marine space - including protecting special nature reserve areas of the sea.

What can you do?

WWF’s Southern African Sustainable Seafood Initiative is a free mobile app and web list that details the sustainability status of what you’re eating. Red means avoid completely. Orange reminds you to think twice and the Green-list it means you can go ahead!


Vote with your wallet to motivate your favorite restaurants and supermarkets to sell sustainable goods

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