Marine species distribution is making some species more vulnerable to extinction.
Studies show that Marine species are less spread out than previously thought. This makes them more vulnerable to extinction since anything that happens to a particular ecosystem will effect the total population therein.
For the sake of comparison, imagine a tornado going though a rural area, there is a lot of damage, but only a few people are affected. Now imagine the same tornado in a large city; the damage and people affected will increase exponentially.
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The protection and sustainable use management falls to international conventions such as the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) which defines sustainable use as “the use of components of biological diversity in a way and at a rate that does not lead to the long-term decline of biological diversity, thereby maintaining its potential to meet the needs and aspirations of present and future generations.”
Their work, and the work of groups like them, will continue to be vital to tracking species diversity and distribution in the future so that the global community can make wise decisions and sustain our way of life for years to come.