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Whales, turtles, dolphins, sharks, tuna, and other marine vertebrates may provide a novel opportunity to mitigate climate change. Conservation of these charismatic species can enhance the natural functions they perform in facilitating movement of carbon out of the atmosphere and into the ocean depths, where it does not impact climate and can be stored on potentially millennial timescales, far longer than terrestrial forests.
This "Fish Carbon" concept is summarised in a report recently released by GRID-Arendal, a centre collaborating with UNEP, and Blue Climate Solutions, a project of The Ocean Foundation. The report, entitled ‘Fish Carbon: Exploring Marine Vertebrate Carbon Services’ reviews the role of marine vertebrates in facilitating uptake of atmospheric carbon by marine plants, both along the coasts and in the high seas; transferring carbon to depth; and providing a natural buffer against ocean acidification. It is available to download here: http://www.grida.no/publications/fish-carbon/