US hosts talks to save oceans under 'siege'
Published on Jun 15, 2014 9:39 AM
WASHINGTON (AFP) - US Secretary of State John Kerry launches an unprecedented global effort Monday to save the world's oceans under siege from overfishing, climate change and pollution.
Heads of government and state as well as ministers from some 80 countries will gather with researchers and experts from the fishing, plastics and farming industries for the two-day conference aiming to find ways to protect the planet's seas and marine life.
"The oceans are a passion of mine and always have been, from the time I was three years old and dipped my toes into Buzzard's Bay," Mr Kerry said, recalling his childhood on the wild, sweeping beaches of Massachusetts.
The ocean, which covers some 72 per cent of the planet's surface, "is the essential ingredient of life itself on Earth," the top US diplomat told a handful of reporters, adding that the seas are increasingly under threat.
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