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University Researchers Join Call For Pacific Protection

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15 October 2008 - Researchers from The University of Auckland's South Pacific Centre for Marine Science have joined a global voice calling for better management of the Pacific Ocean.

Over 350 researchers from more than 30 nations have signed the Pacific Ocean Scientific Consensus Statement which outlines the threats to the Pacific Ocean and provide a scientific basis for decision making.

The Statement identifies the four main threats to the Pacific Ocean, which covers one-third of the earth's surface, as pollution, overfishing, habitat destruction and climate change. It also highlights the common problems faced by both Pacific Rim and Pacific Island nations, and the need for regional solutions.

The Statement is one of the first steps of the Pacific Ocean 2020 Challenge, an initiative by International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) to identify threats and impacts to the Pacific Ocean and develop and implement solutions. It was presented at the recent IUCN World Conservation Congress.

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