SeaPlastic Pollution: Pictorial Representation
As a result ofdevelopment and increased tourism activities, pollution has reachednew unprecedented levels. Oceans are some of the most pollutedsurfaces with a new study indicating 60-88% of seas surface pollutedby plastics (coastal care 2014). Hawaii is one such place whereplastics are an eye sore and a threat to marine life.
A plasticlittered beach in Hawaii. The plastic is not only a danger to theenvironment but also an eyesore that keeps tourists away harming thelocal economy.
A sea birdentangled in a piece of plastic fish netting. Such plastics causedeath of about one million birds annually when ingested, entanglementor through environment contamination (Sea Turtles, 2014).
Colored plasticbottle caps from soft drink bottles are the greatest problem tomarine life as they act as lures to turtles, seabirds and othermarine life. Ingesting them often blocks the digestive system andlead to eventual death.
A dead turtle hadover 100 pieces of plastic in its body. Such plastic is harmful tothe body and in most cases leads to blockage of the digestive canalof such creatures and eventual death.
An diver rescuinga Hawaiian seal entangled in an abandoned fishing net off the coastof Hawaii. Government and other NGO’s finance such missions.
Volunteers atwork pulling plastic finishing debris away from the beach in Hawaii.Such plastic debris is recycled for use in other means creating jobsand also keeping the seas and beaches clean.
Source: KokuaHawaii Foundation.
One of the manypublic awareness campaigns that sensitize locals and tourists alikeon the need to minimize waste by carrying waste free lunch to thebeach and elsewhere.
Provision oftrashcans along beaches goes a long way in preventing littering ofbeaches with plastic and other forms of litter.
A poster campaignsensitizing the public about beach littering in a marine litterconference held in Berlin. Picking up one’s own litter at the beacheliminates littering from humans on land but not from seas.
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