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Index Measures Global Health of the Oceans

The ocean touches nearly every aspect of our lives – making it essential to the economic, social, and ecological well-being of everyone, everywhere. But how do we measure the health of the ocean? The Ocean Health Index is a new, comprehensive measure of the ocean’s overall condition – one that treats people and nature as integrated parts of a healthy system.
View of a man in a boat and underwater coral reef in Bird's Head, Raja Ampat, Indonesia

© Conservation International/photo by Sterling Zumbrunn

Conservation International, The National Geographic Society, the New England Aquarium and the Pacific Life Foundation have unveiled the Ocean Health Index, the first comprehensive measure of ocean health for 171 coastal regions worldwide. The Index provides an important tool for policy-makers, representing a framework that can be used at scales from global to very local — wherever quality data exists.


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