Industrialized Ocean Could Devastate Marine Life

Will ocean wildlife soon face the same pressure that led to the extinction of many land animals when the world industrialized? The consortium of researchers said marine life could face the same pattern of extinctions that befell land-based wildlife in the 1800s, comparing the Industrial Revolution's inexhaustible consumption of land and resources to current human activity on the world's oceans. Writing in the journal Science, the scientists said that while ocean life largely dodged that expansionary period's terrestrial species loss, because fishing was still performed in smaller areas of water closer to shore, these are different times.