Marine environment pollution: The oceans can’t take this anymore

There are great concerns over marine environment pollution, especially with plastic, which has been found to be very detrimental to the sustainability of the marine body.

Closely, people in this part of the world, Lagos Nigeria, need to learn fast how to protect the marine environment by not turning the oceans into dumpsites.
Here at the marina waterfront, is a collection of plastic bottles and all manner of plastic food packs.

Scientists have continued to research and found that the oceans have been saddled with over 150 million tones of plastic, which endangers the marine environment as fishes eat plastics, which are dangers to them.

The theme for the 2016 World Oceans Day “Healthy Oceans, Healthy Planet” is to create awareness around the world on the importance of clean oceans, and encourage people to shun polluting the marine environment, especially with plastic waste.

The United Nations Secretary-General, Ban Ki-moon, called for “urgent action on a global scale, to alleviate the world’s oceans from the many pressures they face, and to protect them from future dangers that may tip them beyond the limits of their carrying capacity.”

Creating awareness on the dangers (even to humans) of dumping plastic waste into the oceans, the UN, on its site, says “Plastic pollution is a serious threat because it degrades very slowly, polluting waterways for a very long time.

“In addition, plastic pollution impacts the health of aquatic animals, because animals including zooplankton, mistake the microbeads for food. Scientists also fear health impacts for humans.”

Some facts about the oceans (Source: UN Site)

•Oceans cover three quarters of the Earth’s surface, contain 97 per cent of the Earth’s water, and represent 99 per cent of the living space on the planet by volume.
•Over three billion people depend on marine and coastal biodiversity for their livelihoods,
•Globally, the market value of marine and coastal resources and industries is estimated at $3 trillion per year or about 5 per cent of global GDP.
•Oceans contain nearly 200,000 identified species, but actual numbers may lie in the millions.
•Oceans absorb about 30 per cent of carbon dioxide produced by humans, buffering the impacts of global warming.
•Oceans serve as the world’s largest source of protein, with more than 2.6 billion people depending on the oceans as their primary source of protein.
•Marine fisheries directly or indirectly employ over 200 million people.
•Subsidies for fishing are contributing to the rapid depletion of many fish species and are preventing efforts to save and restore global fisheries and related jobs, causing ocean fisheries to generate US$ 50 billion less per year than they could.
•As much as 40 per cent of the world oceans are heavily affected by human activities, including pollution, depleted fisheries and loss of coastal habitats.


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