The Pacific Ocean is the largest and deepest ocean basin on earth, covering more than 60 million square miles (155 million km2) and averaging a depth of 13,000 feet (4,000 meters). Covering more than 30 percent of the earth's surface, the Pacific also has the largest Exclusive Economic Zone put together, measuring over 23.7 million km2 (almost 7 times the size of the Saharan desert).
With rich marine biodiversity and the home to some of the world’s rare marine species, the Pacific Ocean has become the attention of the global community. Our Pacific Ocean is the final frontier that multinational companies are preparing to exploit marine resources. There is now a rush by private companies supported by foreign governments to secure exploration and mining rights to our ocean floor which is rich in mineral depositions. Our ocean is significant to us and we need to protect it.