In the grand scheme of things the oceans, which account for 97% of the Earth’s water, play an essential role in sustaining life on the planet. An estimated 230,000 known species make their home in the sea, and, according to the Census of Marine Life, “for every marine species of all kinds known to science, Census scientists estimate that at least four have yet to be discovered.”

Over five hundred years ago, John Cabot and his crew encountered a seemingly inexhaustible bounty of codfish when they landed on the Grand Banks off Newfoundland. In 1962, Rachel Carson’s ground-breaking book Silent Spring challenged the view that ocean resources are infinite, and that man is entitled to plunder and pollute the natural world in the name of “progress.”  To read the entire article click here.