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Introducing the Ocean Health Index

Introducing the Ocean Health Index

Ben Halpern et al., N.C.E.A.S. 2012 Scores on the Ocean Health Index ranged from 36 (Sierra Leone, in West Africa) to 86 (Jarvis Island in the Pacific). In a potential milestone for ocean management, a team of collaborators has produced the first Ocean Health Index , a tool for appraising the state of the world’s oceans. The index takes into account the major factors that influence the quality of regional marine ecosystems like fisheries, biodiversity, tourism and carbon storage and then assigns a score from zero to 100 for each place. Globally, the oceans received an ocean health score of 60. The lowest score was 36 (Sierra Leone’s waters) and the highest was 86 (waters surrounding uninhabited Jarvis Island, near Hawaii). Dozens of scientists, policymakers and conservationists in the United States and Canada came together over the last two years to create the index, which...

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