From space, our planet appears as a tiny blue dot in the vastness of space. Blue, because 99 percent of all living space occurs in the Ocean. It’s our planets life pulse.
But the seas are under threat. The industrialization that has occurred in the oceans over the last century, mirrors the events that triggered mass extinctions on land. Industrial scale fishing, habitat destruction, species loss and pollution have placed the ocean in peril. The very nature of the sea is being irretrievably altered.
By international standards, Australia is a marine conservation leader. It has the world’s largest coral reef, the best managed fisheries and potentially, the greatest network of marine protected areas on the planet. However, the crisis of ocean change, lapping on our shores, has critical implications for the future of our country and our way of life.
Ocean guardians across the generations and around our coast are speaking out. BLUE takes us into their world, where the story of our changing ocean is unfolding. We meet those who are defending habitats, campaigning for smarter fishing, combating marine pollution and fighting for the protection of keystone species.
Main banner photo by: Tom Campbell