Plundering the new wild west

Date: June 18, 2012

Source: Business Day

Author: Richard Branson

THE oceans are our planet’s new frontier, a huge area only partly explored and little regulated, where both outlaws and law-abiding citizens are legally plundering the planet’s resources.

While 15% to 20% of the earth’s land area is designated as “protected,” with status as national parks or conservation areas, less than 1% of the world’s oceans — which cover 70% of the surface — enjoy the same protections. This needs to change fast, because our oceans are dying.

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