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Callum Roberts: if seas are to survive, we need a New Deal for the Oceans | The Observer

Callum Roberts charts the damage we inflict on our oceans and marine life, and has radical plans to curb further depredations

Interview by Robin McKie

Callum Roberts is a marine biologist, writer and conservationist. His career has taken him round the world to study the planet’s reefs, shoals and seabeds and his latest book, Ocean of Life, provides a detailed analysis of the woes that now beset these places: from plastic pollution to oil slicks; from melting icecaps to rising levels of acid waters; and from disintegrating coral reefs to spreading blooms of toxic algae. Yet Roberts maintains that we can still save our beleaguered seas.

The picture that you paint of our oceans is very bleak. Is there any hope?

I think there is. We have this enormous challenge, I admit that. The oceans are changing faster than at any time in human history, indeed for millions of years into the past. But I think we can deal with those changes if we act carefully and quickly.

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