IUCN and America’s Cup give the Ocean their voices

During the 34th America’s Cup World Series, IUCN is co-hosting the America’s Cup Healthy Ocean project (ACHOP) stand and organizing a set of activities and events with the following objectives:

  • Communicate messages on ocean health to the public through traditional media activities, as well as social media and on-site engagement; 
  • Encourage development of legacy projects in the areas adjacent to America’s Cup race events;
  • Create a legacy of Marine Protected Areas


Venice, Italy, 12-20 May 2012
Photo exhibition on Mediterranean underwater life


ACHOP stand in the America’s Cup Village in the Arsenale (stand 6): Information, documentation, IUCN’s publications and gadgets distributed to the public.


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An opportunity to collaborate for the Ocean

IUCN works to increase the global percentage of Marine protected areas and to promote better management and conservation of the ocean’s vast wealth. You can find the latest information on our work on ocean conservation here: http://www.iucn.org/marine/

The Ocean's Wealth

  • Oceans cover over 70% of the Earth’s surface, providing over 90% of the Earth’s habitable volume. It is estimated that more than 1 million species live on coral reefs alone, and as many as 10 million in the deep seas
  • Oceans are home to 80% of the world’s biodiversity: of the 33 different groups of animals 32 occur in the ocean and 21 are exclusive to the ocean. Only a fraction of it has been explored so far and much of ocean life remains a mystery which IUCN experts are striving to unveil
  • About half of the Earth’s population lives in coastal regions
  • The Oceans produce over 50% of the oxygen in the atmosphere.

Despite the Ocean's Importance, Today...

  • Less than 2% of the world’s Oceans are protected: the average annual increase of protected marine areas remains below 5% 
  • Approximately 90% of the world’s large predatory fish are gone
  • 27% of the 845 species of reef building corals are threatened
  • 27 % of marine birds are in danger of extinction
  • Over 75% of the world’s fish stocks are already fully exploited or overexploited
  • Only 1 out of 3 captured fishes reaches our plates
  • Ocean acidity increased by 30% since Industrial Revolution
  • 35,000 Maritime transport vessels are releasing 1.12 billion of tons of CO2 per year
  • Plastic pollution kills thousands of ocean animals each year.

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