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The issues at stake Oceans are the cradle of life, contributing fundamentally to the EarthБs functioning through their sheer size, productivity,
and diversity! Over 95% of the volume of the biosphere is occupied by marine organisms and both inland and offshore waters provide resources and services estimated at 60% of the total economic value of the biosphere. It is acknowledged that the ocean and its biota drive the global climate, yet we are only beginning to understand about the future of our planet and global climate change. If we are to adequately address ocean issues at the local, national, regional and global levels, science cannot operate in isolation, but will need to integrate more fully with society at large. There must also be changes in the way we regulate marine activities, in our social goals and our attitudes to ocean governance. If we are to make the right decisions, we must understand how things "work" in the oceans and how they interact; and we must recognise the role of the oceans in our life-support system and its value for humankind.

This will require excellent science, together with the technology for pursuing it, as well as the support of individuals and governments. Ultimately, it calls for a vision of the planet that embraces land, sea, the atmosphere and human societies in all its interactions. Marine genomics has an enormous potential to improve our lifestyles and prosperity, to enhance the competitiveness of European industry, and to guarantee global sustainability. A call for actionБ In order to make immediate progress with these pressing issues which directly affect our future, the EU and its member states urged to take further action. In keeping with this, the EU Network of Excellence Marine Genomics Europe(MGE) focuses on: technology transfer and technology translation between high-throughput genomics, marine biology, oceanography, industry and society; transparency and dialogue with society.

Strategic priorities of EuropeБs main short-, medium- and long-term objectives in marine genomics are part of MGEБs priorities. We will focus on the understanding and sustainable exploitation of the ocean in order to: promote the sustainable exploitation of food products for the management and protection of our environment. COSTANZA, R. , DБARGE, R. , DEGROOT, R. , et al. (1997). The value of the worldБs ecosystem services and natural capital. Nature 387, 253-260 WORM, B. , BARBIER E. B. , BEAUMONT, N. , D et al. (2006). Impacts of biodiversity loss on ocean ecosystem services. Science 314, 787-790. Why protect our oceans? People need air to breathe, water to drink, food to eat, new medicines, a climate we can live in, beauty, inspiration and recreation. PWe need to know that we belong to something bigger than ourselves. PWe want a better future for those we care about. PTo survive and prosper, wePneed healthy oceans.

P The ocean isPthe largest ecosystemPon Earth, it is the planets life support system. POceans generatePhalf of the oxygen we breathe and, at any given moment, theyPcontainPmore than 97% of the worlds water. POceans provide at least a sixth of the animal protein people eat. Living oceans absorb carbon dioxide from the atmosphere and reduce climate change impacts. The diversity and productivity of the worlds oceans is a vital interest for humankind. POur security, our economy, our very survival all require healthy oceans. So when Marine Conservation Institute works to improve marine protection through the, maps the, advocates for, tracks conservation progress in the and, we are working to save the ocean for all of us and future generations. Whether you live on the coast or far from it, whether you eat seafood or not, you and the future of all those you love depends on healthy oceans. Become an or make a to support our work for our incredible oceans.

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