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Research reveals Pacific Ocean threats and solutions

Publication Date: 
May 27, 2009
Science and Development Network
Lisbeth Fog

Senior Lecturer in Law Margaret "Meg" Caldwell, interim Director of the Center for Ocean Solutions, is quoted in Science and Development Network in an article about a report Pacific Ocean Synthesis that was presented at the World Ocean Conference in Manado, Indonesia, this month (11–15 May):

Pollution such as sewage, runoff from land and toxic waste; habitat destruction; over-fishing; and climate change leading to sea level rise, ocean acidification and warming will all interact to damage the ocean's ecology and coastal economies.

These are among the findings of 'Pacific Ocean Synthesis', a report by the US-based Center for Ocean Solutions (COS) that reviewed more than 3,400 scientific articles and reports from 50 countries in the Pacific basin.

COS presented the report at the World Ocean Conference in Manado, Indonesia, this month (11–15 May).


Meg Caldwell, COS executive director, told SciDev.Net the report is an important tool for policymakers. "This [report] represents a vast information resource about what is occurring in the individual countries," she says.