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These are only first steps and they need to be followed, after the International Year of the Ocean ends, by further scientific and political efforts.
The United Nations has designated 1998 the International Year of the Ocean. To kick off this 12-month focus on the marine world, which accounts for most of the volume permanently inhabited by life on our planet, some 1,600 scientists signed their names to a public "call for action."
This 20-page Ecos feature profiles part of the contribution of CSIRO Marine Research to tackling issues identified by the United Nations for the International Year of the Ocean.
This year, which has been designated the International Year of the Ocean by the United Nations, policy makers from around the world plan to tackle several major marine issues.
In this International Year of the Ocean, ACF will be doing all it can to ensure that Mr Howard does not do to the Great Barrier Reef, Ningaloo Reef and the Gulf of Carpentaria what he is doing to our old-growth forests.
In response, the United Nations has declared 1998 the International Year of the Ocean. This year's Expo, or World Fair, to be held in Lisbon, Portugal, will have the oceans as its main theme.
* To find out more about the International Year of the Ocean, check out these Web sites: http://www.yoto98.noaa.gov http://ioc.unesco.org/iyo
Its findings - published in 1998, the UN International Year of the Oceans - suggest that existing laws and international treatise are not enough to prevent an escalation in the "crisis" that faces our seas.
The UN has declared 1998 the International Year of the Oceans. Greenpeace said that following the UN call for a moratorium, fishermen in Japan, South Korea and Taiwan had decommissioned their boats, with Japan alone spending USD200 million.
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