Award-winning Captain Paul Watson, co-founder of Greenpeace, and founder, president and executive director of the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society talks about a wide gamut of marine conservation issues. Everything from the current state of wild whale populations, to Canada’s recent ban of shark fin and cetacean import, as well as the commercial seal hunt and single-use plastics.
Paul Watson’s recommendation:
“Look at what your personal footprint is when it comes to the ocean. Try becoming more and more aware of the ocean. For most people the ocean is out of sight, and out of mind. But the fact is that it is the life support system of the planet. If the ocean dies we die. If phytoplankton were to disappear tomorrow, we would all die. We cannot live on a planet without phytoplankton producing 70% of the oxygen we breathe, and since 1950 there has been a 40% diminishment in phytoplankton populations around the world. And most people aren’t even aware of what phytoplankton is.”