23 Feb '12, 7pm

12 Percent of Species in Tropical Eastern Pacific Threatened With Extinction

12 Percent of Species in Tropical Eastern Pacific Threatened With Extinction

In recent years, 20 marine species have gone extinct around the world and 133 local populations of marine species have disappeared. The losses have been spread across the globe and species types, and have included commercial fish, coral species, marine grasses, and more. According to a new survey, however, the tropical waters of the Eastern Pacific may represent the next epicenter for marine extinctions. According to a study by the IUCN , 12 percent of marine species in the Gulf of California, the coasts of Panama and Costa Rica, and the five offshore oceanic islands and archipelagos in the tropical eastern Pacific are threatened with extinction. “Understanding species vulnerability to major threats is paramount for determining how species and marine environments are likely to respond to one or more simultaneous threats,” explained Beth Polidoro, who was the lead author of...

Full article: http://www.treehugger.com/ocean-conservation/12-percent-s...

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