The Mediterranean Sea – the Romans called it Mare Nostrum, meaning “Our Sea,” and they understood its value to them as a resource. The Mediterranean is home to a prodigious biological diversity. This sea, young in geological terms, is surprisingly fertile, functioning as a global organism made up of millions of living beings closely linked to one another.
Unfortunately, in the early 21st century, many species are in a state of great imbalance due to incessant human pressure, pollution and overfishing. After thousands of years supplying enormous resources to empires that have ruled its coasts at its expense, we now better understand the biological function of this small ocean. But we continue to exploit it, without valuing the importance of its incredible biodiversity, without which, the sea would be little more than water and salt.