Ocean Pollution Endangers Sea Life

Ocean Pollution Leaves Nasty Mark On Sea Life
Ocean Pollution Leaves Nasty Mark On Sea Life
Borneo Seahorse Tail Cotton Swab
Borneo Seahorse Tail Cotton Swab

National Geographic has reported a horrible incident involving a lobster. The article by National Geographic (see video below) writer Sarah Gibbens states, “A lobster fished from waters off the coast of New Brunswick, Canada, was found earlier this month with an unusual marking on its claw—what appears to be the image of a Pepsi can.”

Just this past September, an image of a seahorse swimming with its tail wrapped around a cotton swab off the coast of Borneo became a heartbreaking reminder that trash is everywhere.

Marine debris, also known as marine litter, is human-created waste that has deliberately or accidentally been released in a  lake,  sea,  ocean  or  waterway. Floating oceanic debris tends to accumulate at the center of gyres and on coastlines, frequently washing aground, when it is known as beach litter or tidewrack. Deliberate disposal of wastes at sea is called ocean dumping. Naturally occurring debris, such as driftwood, are also present.

Human Problem – Human Solution

It is a human problem and has a human solution. According to Ocean Conservancy,” we’ve picked up more than 220 million pounds of trash in the last 30 years. And the problem goes deeper than what you’re seeing on the beaches. Scientists estimate that more than 8 million metric tons of plastic is entering our ocean every year. If we don’t act now, there could be a pound of plastic for every 3 pounds of fish in the ocean within the next decade. Ocean Conservancy has been at the forefront of the trash free seas challenge for more than 30 years.”

These claims are supported in part by the discovery of The Great Pacific garbage patch, also described as the Pacific trash vortex. The great Pacific garbage patch was described in a 1988 paper published by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) of the United States. The description was based on results obtained by several Alaska-based researchers in 1988 that measured neustonic plastic in the North Pacific Ocean.

Researchers found relatively high concentrations of marine debris accumulating in regions governed by ocean currents. Extrapolating from findings in the Sea of Japan, the researchers hypothesized that similar conditions would occur in other parts of the Pacific where prevailing currents were favorable to the creation of relatively stable waters. They specifically indicated the North Pacific Gyre discovered in central North Pacific Ocean discovered between 1985 and 1988. It is located roughly between  135°W  to 155°W  and 35°N and 42°N.

Ocean Conservancy mobilized the International Coastal Cleanup, the world’s largest volunteer effort on behalf of ocean health. This year’s International Coastal Cleanup was on Saturday, September 16th, 2017.

We reported on February 9, 2017, Spam in World’s Deepest Trench, “NOAA Office of Ocean Exploration and Research researching the Mariana Trench found garbage including can’s of SPAM and beer cans, pharmaceutical waste, world war munitions, rope, plastic and other ugly reminders of humanities impact on our oceans.”

We also reported on  April 21, 2017, when Princess Cruises was fined $40M for Dumping Oily Waste into Sea, which shows ocean pollution is a wide problem which has many contributors.

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