What do you know about marine environmental issues – enough?

Most people are now aware and concerned about the marine environmental issues and damage to our world we have already caused and continue to cause every minute of each day, as well as what the future holds for us and our children.

The reports coming out are ever more alarming and the predictions of what global warming means to us and our current lifestyles leave, certainly me, in grave doubts as to our security to start with and then not necessarily secondly, the environment.

I either read or listened to a commentary the other day where the presenter discussed the fact that we know so little about the Sea and what lies beneath it. We have only ideas or gut feelings about the impact of the degradation of the oceans, global warming and coral reefs affected by it, upon the rest of our environment.

The marine environmental issues such as:

The millions upon millions of sharks we are slaughtering every year to supply ignorant masses a soup...... What effect does that have upon the ocean ecosystem?

The dynamiting of reefs and how long the destruction of coral reefs takes to recover enough to sustain the ocean life dependent upon them. The fact that we allow enormous quantities of human waste to pour into the sea.

The North Pacific Gyre

Litter in our oceans

One of the worst marine environmental issues I am aware of is the gigantic whirlpool of plastic waste recently highlighted in the pacific ocean.

I know of a factory close to one of my favourite dive locations where they pump waste product into the sea – the fact that they use a pipeline outlet 7 km out to sea is supposed to mitigate the damage. On days where the current turns, the reef is shrouded in cloudy water – a blind eye is turned because this paper factory provides much needed jobs? What about the marine environmental issues this creates?

I have seen the absolute disregard for the environment displayed in the Arab countries – an area where they seem to have forgotten about the fragility of life in the excesses of their ‘newfound’ wealth derived from the oil industry. The persian gulf is one large marine environmental issue - garbage from coast to coast. Kuwait pumps hundreds of thousands of cubic metres of human waste into the sea....

A beach somewhere in the world, so littered you can no longer see the sand...

Apart from the marine environmental issues there are land issues which will eventually affect the sea - the waste we spread all over the land around our inhabited areas is washed in vast quantities, into the rivers and then sea - The North Pacific Gyre....

Read here about the North Atlantic Garbage patch

The Niger delta where big oil companies are destroying the environment through spillage – blamed upon sabotage by the locals whose only protest is that they derive little or no benefit from the enormous revenues emanating from the resources being removed from their land – the same applies to Angola, the Congo, the Amazon and so many other places too numerous to list.

Deforestation in Borneo

There are Palm Oil estates in Malaysia and Borneo which bulldoze enormous tracts of rain forest, in some instances on the basis of planting Oil Palms where Oil Palms will not survive and so leave the land decimated of the rain forest and its natural cover, not to mention the species whose existence relies upon that habitat. The real intent is simply to access the hardwoods – trees that take nearly a thousand years to reach maturity, gone in seconds to satisfy the avarice of big business facilitated by corrupt government officials. No-one is brought to account, not even the companies themselves.

This is repeated in all corners of the earth – there is a pithy saying which is something akin to ‘crapping on your own doorstep’. We are doing this on a scale which defies the imagination.

All of the above may come across as a bit strong - I must say though – maybe we all need to stop treading lightly around these issues and realise or even admit what is happening.

I don’t hold myself blameless, I live in a house, drive a car, fly to my dive vacation destinations; I use the products that need the items produced by the very demons I have listed above.

But what are we doing about it?

I for one am making a small start - this page.......

If I can get one other person to start to think about it, and at the same time, maybe change their vote when next they elect their government, to elect that official who will create a conscience in government. Perhaps give the powers that be pause, to think that they need to take seriously the lobby to ensure we reduce carbon emissions, to support that marine conservation area. To insist the authorities tasked with sea patrol have the wherewithal to do so. To prosecute the transgressors in a sufficiently robust manner as to actually provide a deterrent?

– then perhaps I have done something, however small, rather than sit back and let someone else do it.

In the pages that I will add to this section of this website, I will be placing articles which highlight both the positive and the negative in issues which concern our environment – focusing mainly on marine issues but not restricted to marine conservation.

Feel free to contact me with any comments or suggestions as well as links to other sites.

Perhaps use this forum as a ‘soapbox’ to raise and discuss the issues which matter to us?

Read about the recently discovered North Atlantic Garbage patch

Sea turtles in peril from the greatest danger posed by commercial fishing 'bycatch'

Coral reefs are dying

Plans to scuttle the Australian Warship HMAS Adelaide as a diving attraction, have been put on hold, click here

The arctic's Northeast Passage has been impassable without an ice breaker for over 5000 years, until now...

Captured dolphins to be freed

Portugal declares four sites as marine protected areas

The Beluga sturgeon is now critically endangered.

Coral reef destruction

Coral reef recovery hopes

Global warming and coral reefs

Coral worth millions

Global warming and the 11th Hour documentary

Serious decline in US Bee population

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