THE OCEAN ACTIVIST BLOG
Did you know that our oceans not only act as a filter for the underwater environment, but that they also serve as a filter for the air we breathe here on land? In fact, our oceans absorb almost 30 percent of the carbon dioxide within the Earth’s atmosphere.
Look at any seafood guide and you're bound to come across the occasional red flag with an ominous warning: “High in Mercury.” Scary enough, but what exactly does that mean? Just how is mercury winding up in the fish on your plate?
Coral reefs are to our oceans as tropical rainforests are to our lands. These vast, uniquely diverse, interdependent ecosystems, are home to millions of marine species, many yet to be discovered. Ocean inhabitants and humans depend on the many resources these reefs provide in order to thrive.
“Think of it like the Serengeti, with lions and the antelopes they feed on. When all the lions are gone, there will be antelopes everywhere. Our oceans are losing their lions and pretty soon will have nothing but antelopes.”
Anyone who has seen it knows, that the ocean is incredible, and to describe it as just that would do it no justice. It’s vast, pure, and truly captivating. It is home to millions of diverse species, and it feels like home to watermen and women like me.
What is a “dead zone”? The term dead zone is a common name given to an area in the ocean that is hypoxic, meaning it is an area with such low oxygen concentration that animal life cannot survive or thrive within it. The result, areas of the ocean that were once abundant with life, become biological, barren deserts.
AKA “The Great Pacific Garbage Patch”. Great, as in big, not as in good. As the global population expands, so does the amount of trash we produce. Ever wonder where is all goes? A large portion of that trash unfortunately ends up in our ocean. While it may seem like an out of sight, out of mind scenario, quite the opposite is true..