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Report Calls For Improvements To The Pacific By 2020

Publication Date: 
June 01, 2009

Senior Lecturer in Law Margaret "Meg" Caldwell is quoted in a Greewire article about a report issued by the Center for Ocean Solutions, of which she is the interim director, indentifying the current major threats to the Pacific Ocean and calling for policies to improve and protect ocean health.

The Center for Oceans Solutions and Stanford's University Hopkins Marine Station released the report signed by 400 scientists and experts. The report identifies pollution from sewage, plastic from debris, toxic waste, oil spills and agricultural and urban runoff as the top threats to the Pacific Ocean. Other top threats were destroying productive marine habitats for development and poor agricultural practices, followed by commercial and recreational overfishing.

The report aims to provide a scientifically grounded analysis for developing contructive polices for protecting the ocean's health.

"The consensus statement is really giving voice to the scientific community. That there are scientific underpinnings to support strong policies," said Meg Caldwell, the interim director of the Center for Ocean Solutions in Monterey, Calif. "You don't have to be a rocket scientist to figure out how to address those threats."