The Pacific Community's oceans' manager says despite worrying signs, it's not too late to reverse the declining state of the world's oceans.
A recent assessment by the UN concluded that the ocean is failing, with declining biodiversity and fish stocks, ocean acidification and sea-level rise.
However, Jens Kruger says there is still time to implement "the science needed for the oceans we want".
He spoke with Dominic Godfrey at the first of a worldwide round of UN consultations which is underway in New Caledonia.
Dominic Godfrey travelled to New Caledonia through SPC's Australian funded Climate and Ocean Support Program in the Pacific (COSPPac).