Photograph: © SAF — Coastal Care
Researchers reporting in the journal Current Biology on July 26 have completed the first systematic analysis of marine wilderness around the world. And what they found is not encouraging; only a small fraction — about 13 percent — of the world’s ocean can still be classified as wilderness.
The remaining marine wilderness is unequally distributed and found primarily in the Arctic, in the Antarctic, or around remote Pacific Island nations.
In coastal regions, there is almost no marine wilderness left at all…