Quick facts Nearly 200 million people depend on coral reefs to protect them from storm surges and waves. If current trends continue, up to 90% of the world's coral reefs might be gone by 2050. Almost 6 billion tonnes of fish and other seafood have been taken from the world's oceans since 1950. US $25 trillion is brought into the global economy by the oceans. 7,6% of the ocean is covered by protected areas. The protected area coverage of the high seas is 1,18%. The earth has 14.880 Marine Protected Areas. Only 1,03% of the global ocean is No-Take area, and resides mostly in remote areas. Fisheries and aquaculture assure the livelihoods of 10-12% of the world's population. 90% of the world's seabirds are estimated to have fragments of plastic in their stomach.