Marine life is important to humans. The ocean covers approximately 70% of the Earth and hence has a significant role as an oxygen source for our planet. Besides this the ocean captures and stores carbon dioxide and supports a large canvas of marine life.
Sadly, the ocean is struggling with marine biodiversity caused by over-fishing, climate change and habitat destruction. It is critical to protect and maintain the ecosystem services the ocean provides.
Eighty percent of marine pollution comes from land. Fallout of pesticides and dirt are pollutants that end up into the ocean. Pollution coming from land and air can be harmful to marine life.
Marine pollution is not just substances and materials such as chemicals, agricultural and residential waste. It is also noise of the sonar systems and the spread of invasive organisms such as animals, fungus, and plants.
Pollution becomes quickly absorbed into marine food cycles and can cause mutations and diseases. When we consume fish that may have been exposed to toxins we can become part of this food web.
Toxic metals alternate tissue matter, biochemistry, behavior, reproduction, and suppress growth in marine life. ‘What comes around goes around’ applies to the circulation of the marine pollution when land animals like bears, dairy cows and beef are fed with fish or a fish hydrolysate content.
Protecting the ocean is vital for our life on Earth. We need it for our oxygen, hydration, nutrition, and producing new medicines. Moreover, science sees the ocean as a source to combat cancer, pain and bacterial diseases.
Imagine how life would be if we couldn’t use the ocean for our inspiration and refreshment. The ocean represents the largest ecosystem on Earth. The ocean provides also a sixth of the animal protein we put on our plate.
The ocean generates half of the oxygen we use and has a role in absorbing carbon dioxide from the atmosphere and reducing the impact of climate change. Without the ocean our humankind and its security, economy, and survival will be at stake.
There are ways to help make a change and save the ocean. We can take action by paying attention on our carbon footprint, by making sustainable seafood choices and by buying less plastic products, just to mention a few.
Often the change can start from our own communities by encouraging our local representatives to be aware of the marine conservation projects and by discussing with restaurants and stores to support sustainable seafood.
By making a decision not to litter while boating, kayaking and having fun on the water we are taking responsibility of the ocean. It is good to keep in mind the food circle of marine life that can bring our negligence back on our dinner table even if we wouldn’t consume seafood.
The Ocean gives us so much, and if all we do is take we will eventually end up with big regrets.