More than 245 marine scientists from 35 countries say the world needs a system of large, protected marine reserves, the Global Ocean Legacy
, a project of the Pew Environment Group, said today. In honor of World Oceans Day, the group released a statement saying overfishing, pollution and climate change are harming the world's oceans.
The oceanic whitetip shark, shown here, is among the threatened marine wildlife found in the waters around the Chagos Islands, an archipelago in the middle of the Indian Ocean. In April, the Global Ocean Legacy announcd that the British government had designated the area as the world's largest marine reserve. (Julian Stein, Marine Photobank)