Ocean species likely to become extinct nine times faster
A study conducted by the University of Sheffield has revealed that the ocean species are more likely to become extinct nine times faster than previously thought.
During the study, researchers found that at least one-fourth of the well known marine species of the planet including Mediterranean monk seal to the Pondicherry shark are in danger of being wiped out. Conventional scientific data says that these species are safer than the others, however, the risk of extinction for these species has been found to be equally high.
Between 20 and 25 percent of these species are threatened with extinction. The risk of ocean species being becoming extinct elevated as the UK announced to create about 23 marine conservation zones which cover almost 11,000 square kilometers along the English coast.
The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs have received strong criticism for not proceeding further and campaigners have pointed out that the government has originally listed around 37 potential sites for the second tranche. These zones protect species such as seahorses, coral reefs, oyster beds, etc from dredging, bottom-trawling. The second tranche of the marine conservation zones will be included in this and was announced in 2013.
The team that focused on these species of animals and plant estimated that the risk of extinction calculated by them was most reliable and the difference between the marine and non-marine species was not clearly outlined. Critics also said that the decision did not go on with all the 37 sites marked and it became more disappointing as during the week the government’s independent advisor warned that the environment of the UK is declining seriously.