The ocean comprises 71% of the earth's surface and is an integral part of every aspect of life. Throughout history, the ocean has connected our world — through exploration, scientific inquiry and the exploitation of marine abundance. The physical ocean is essential to our well-being through the availability of fresh water, protein, energy, and natural resources. Without a sustainable healthy ocean, human survival is at risk.
Image: (c) 2004 Sterling Zumbrunn | Marine Photobank