Biodiversity in the Mediterranean Sea is threatened, in fact, more so than in any other maritime environment on planet Earth. This claim was made by scientist of the Spanish CSIC institute (Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas), a governmental body in Madrid. According to a study conducted by the Spanish scientists, a combination of overfishing, habitat loss, pollution, the arrival of invasive species and the increase in temperature due to climate change, presents a serious threat to marine biodiversity in the Mar Mediterráneo. The research done by the CSIC scientists is part of a global census of marine life, consisting of an international network of researchers aiming to characterize the biodiversity of the world’s oceans, as well as its distribution and abundance, with 25 areas of study.
According to the scientists, the particular problems of our Mediterranean Sea is the fact that it is not an open ocean but a sea largely surrounded by land mass. The study highlights that the more any sea is enclosed the more it is threatened.
Let’s hope it is not too late.
The photo (top) was chosen from my archive. It was taken at the aquariums in Colònia de Sant Jordi, Mallorca, Baleares, Spain. The date: August 20th, 2009. The time was 14:17:05. The map was borrowed from the Internet, courtesy of Wikimedia.org.
Thank you very much.