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The ocean is in trouble. Recent studies show that almost no part of the global ocean is unaffected by human impacts. Marine biodiversity is being degraded, destroyed and overexploited at an ever increasing rate and global scale. This is affecting the coastal inhabitants and communities worldwide that depend on marine areas for food and livelihood, many of whom are poor and marginalized. Degradation of the natural functions of the ocean may also affect its critical role in regulating the climate. As the primary user of ocean space and resources, business is key to the future of the ocean.