Why They Matter
Oceans supply fish and other seafood that forms a major source of protein for a billion people. They also provide seaweed and marine plants used for the manufacturing of food, chemicals, energy and construction materials.
The ocean’s surface layer absorbs about half of the heat that reaches the planet from the sun. By distributing this heat around the world, oceans have a profound impact on weather and climate. As humans have pumped more and more carbon dioxide into the atmosphere, oceans have helped to buffer the effects of climate change by soaking up about half of that carbon.
Ocean waves, winds and currents offer potential for sustainable energy supplies.
What WWF Is Doing
- Margaret Williams Managing Director, Arctic Program
- Lauren Spurrier Vice President, Ocean Conservation
- Kate Newman Vice President, Forest and Freshwater Public Sector Initiatives
- Michele Kuruc Vice President, Ocean Policy
- Gabby Ahmadia Director, Marine Conservation Science, Oceans
- Elisabeth Kruger Senior Program Officer, Arctic Wildlife
- Linwood Pendleton Global Oceans Lead Scientist, Global Science
- Alison Cross Director, Fishery Sustainability
- David K. Schorr Senior Manager, Transparent Seas
- Stephanie Bradley Director, Fisheries in Transition