Ocean commotion


  • Elaine Friebele


Whether we live on the coast or in a land-locked region, the ocean is our life-supporting system and regulator of the Earth's climate. To recognize the importance of the watery mass covering roughly three-quarters of the planet, the United Nations has declared 1998 as the International Year of the Ocean (IYO). This designation, proposed by the International Oceanographic Commission (IOC), highlights the need for governments and the public to sustain ocean resources by protecting the marine environment. The major aim of the joint efforts during 1998 will be to create awareness and obtain commitments from governments to take action, provide adequate resources, and give priority to the ocean and coastal areas as finite economical assets.