The Ocean In Crisis

Something I’ve touched on before is the idea that this ocean we look to and require to survive is slowly giving up.

What I mean by this is that we as a species are extremely dependent on the ocean and if there wasn’t one, we would be dead by now with global warming and so forth. The ocean provides an eco-system that supports life on so many scales and the worse part is that we’re simply killing it off.

Fishing is becoming crowded, unpaid work is being supported and taking advantage of the fisherman is a daily occurrence. We, as a species eat a lot of fish, especially tuna. The downside is that these huge nets are used that scrape the bottom and catch near enough everything that is in the region of the net. Not only is this harmful to the seabed and coral reefs below, it’s taking out sharks.

SHARKS! The dreaded word that has people worrying they’re going to be eaten alive when they go paddle in the swimming pool at the hotel resort. These predators are fundamental to a healthy coral reef and underwater eco-system. They tend to eat the old or ill fish and as well as keeping populations of fish at healthy numbers. Too much of anything is bad. Scientists predict that without sharks in the food-web, common commercial fish such as tuna would be depleted heavily.

When you take out sharks from the equation, coral reefs suffer as well as prey. If this was happening on land with such animals like Tigers then a greater impact would already be in place. We don’t see the estimated 100 million sharks a year die for fins and shark fin soup but the toll on the ocean is evident.

The ocean can be such a fascinating place but without balance then it’s only going to get worse. Sharks can be deadly, yes. However, you are more likely to die from a falling coconut than a shark attack. They are great to watch and observe and actually really cool species that have a stigma attached to them.

Ocean life is losing a battle at the moment and after a ted talk I listened too, one suggestion that was being helped by National Geographic was to allow areas to be no fishing zones. What’s seen is increase in tourism from diving that pays more than fishing as well as a balanced eco-system that allows coral reefs to rebuild and make up for the damage already done.

 

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Dying Coral Reef

 

Supporting the Ocean can be done by not eating as much or any fish. Supporting organisations that put sharks at a priority or coral reefs. This contributes to conservation work, talking to governments and educating people on what’s happening under the sea.

Point is, the ocean needs time to recover and us having patience and appreciation for the ocean is the only way forward.

 

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