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So, take a stroll down memory lane to remember all of our past Word of the Year selections.
Without swift, national action to protect the ocean's vast diversity of life from acidifying waters corals, shellfish, salmon and a whole host of beautiful creatures will be lost.
In contrast, nearly 15% of the world's terrestrial landscape is protected.
With so little of the ocean closed to fisheries - less than 1% - it's hardly shocking that many seabirds are suffering from overfishing.
Edd Hammill with Utah State University and co-author of the paper, noted: "What we should take away from this is that something is serious amiss in the oceans." Ben Lascelles, with Birdlife International, found the research alarming because the decline appeared practically indiscriminate, hitting a "large number of species across a number of families." Michelle Paleczny with the University of British Columbia and the Sea Around Us Project said: "When we see this magnitude of seabird decline, we can see there is something wrong with marine ecosystems.
It gives us an idea of the overall impact we're having." There are nearly 350 species of seabirds worldwide.
Seabirds continually mistake plastic for fish eggs, devouring large amounts.
Plastic in animals' stomachs not only release deadly toxins, but can also lead to slow starvation by obstructing the animals' bowels.
It is an opportunity for us to reflect on the language and ideas that represented each year.
Lascelles said: "Increased efforts should be made to rid seabird colonies of invasive species, reduce bycatch in fisheries or the ensnaring of birds in fish nets, and setting up conservation areas." Paleczny also called for the creation of international marine protected areas to cover the wide ranges of seabirds.
Currently, only 2% of the world's oceans are under some form of protection and less than half of those ban fishing altogether.
Hammill said the "most pressing issue" is plastic pollution.
A paper released last month found that 90% of the world's seabirds likely have plastic in their stomachs.