Friday, 27 November 2015

Protection of Our Oceans and Coasts

Human impact has changed the our oceans and coasts negatively, yet our existence depends on the resources provided by these great bodies of water. Learning to manage the habitats and biodiveristy
within our oceans and coasts is one of the most challenging issues of the century.

Often times, measures are taken, including the establishment of Marine Protected Areas, regulating fishing or controlling industrial activity, yet more actions need to be taken to increase the resilience of our oceans and coasts to ensure they will survive in the future. We can not only look at our lifetime, but also generations after us. The resilience of a marine ecosystem is influenced by various factors, such as health and proximity of adjacent habitats, the supply of larvae and the presence of human disturbance. Overall, we must begin to consider the biological and environmental influences beyond the extent of its distribution.

New research examines seagrass, which is present in many oceans and large bodies of water. The meadows they form are considered to be "Prairies of the Sea" and are highly productive shallow water habitats comprised of marine plants. They are essential for food and shelter within bodies of water and are important for storing carbon, pumping oxygen into the air and protecting from erosion. Unfortunately, the threat of these habitats is very harmful to marine life, as they depend upon these meadows to survive.

Some measures that can be taken in response to protecting the oceans include being aware of what plastic products you use and how they are disposed, and hopefully they do not end up on our beaches or in our bodies of water, as they pose a large threat to animals. Secondly, taking part in beach clean-ups or organizations that work to protect different components of marine life. Lastly, being aware of the seafood you eat is important, as various creatures are becoming threatened by human processes. Overall, just having a basic knowledge on marine life and our water supply is essential in protecting our oceans and coasts!

The link below shows the article where I found this great new information:
Science Daily- Marine Life


2 comments:

  1. If I were an environmental activist without much scientific education, what would you recommend I do to protect the oceans?

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  2. I would strongly recommend that you first educate yourself on marine life and the oceans, which can be done a variety of ways! Becoming involved in organizations that protect marine life would be a great start. Secondly, being careful of your seafood choices is important, as many habitats are being destroyed from human consumption. Thirdly, taking care of the beaches through local beach cleanups and reducing your use of plastic products that may harm wildlife is also crucial. Overall, the more you learn about marine life and their habitats, the more you will want to help them survive and prosper!

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