Ocean warning for Pacific's Melanesia

A WWF report warns that the oceans of Melanesia -- a vast Pacific swathe comprising Papua New Guinea, the Solomon Islands, New Caledonia, Vanuatu and Fiji, are suffering from overfishing, population growth and climate changeMarine ecosystems in one of the Pacific’s most vulnerable regions face decline unless they are better managed, a WWF report warned Tuesday. The report described the ocean as the lifeblood of Melanesia — a vast Pacific swathe comprising Papua New Guinea, the Solomon Islands, New Caledonia, Vanuatu and Fiji. The report estimated that Melanesia generated about US$5.4 billion a year from the ocean, largely from fisheries and tourism.

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