TED Talk: How Do You Make and Enforce Laws on the High Seas?

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The majority of the ocean is thought of as unowned. About 64% is ungoverned by any national law. And yet so much of it needs protections and regulations so that the wildlife can survive, let alone thrive. How do we go about making and enforcing laws that are reasonable and effective, and benefit both humans and marine life? Kristina Gjerde is an expert in this area and gave a talk earlier in the year during the Mission Blue Voyage. Here are here insights into how we might save the unprotected oceans from problems like bottom-trawling and trash gyres. Regulating the open ocean is part of ensuring a sustained future for fisheries, whales, sea turtles, sharks, corals and countless other important species, let alone the natural systems like currents and pH balance that are impacted by global warming. Gjerde is an expert in the law of marine conservation, and she points out that solutions are a mix of policymaking and PR.

TED writes, "Gjerde is working with the Census of Marine Life and other scientific organizations to establish the Global Ocean Biodiversity Initiative, an effort to identify areas of special ecological or biological importance in the high seas and seabed. She's using her legal and scientific expertise to seek protection for these special areas as part of a global network of marine protected areas."

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