Is Ocean Biodiversity Important?

1442 Words Dec 1st, 2015 6 Pages
As you may know, one of the best ways for me to study a particular subject is by trying to explain it to someone else. What I am about to tell you this time, however, is not going to be a review for an exam but it is something that I am deeply passionate about: ocean biodiversity. In the most basic sense, biodiversity is the variety of life in the world or in a particular habitat. Why is ocean biodiversity important and how does it play a role in our lives? Boris Worm, a marine research ecologist and associate professor at Dalhousie University in Canada, and his associates explains that, “local species richness enhance ecosystem productivity and stability… marine ecosystems provide a wide variety goods and services, including vital food resources for millions of people, flood control and waste detoxification” (Worm). In their research study, they discovered that higher diversity of marine plants results in greater ecosystem stability and eighty percent more biomass. On the other hand, fisheries with limited diversity saw significant loss in water quality and catch yield. World Ocean Review believes that ocean biodiversity, makes habitats more resilient to environmental change… and it plays a vital role in the production of plant biomass (primary producers) which is the basic food source for all life in the ocean” (Worm). You know from science class that primary producers form the base and the most important part of the food web. This is why ocean biodiversity is essential…
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