“Each year 250,000,000 pounds of trash are littered in the U.S.”(“Eye-Opening Statistics”). That is a lot of trash that is in the oceans, streets, and in the wild. This is one of the many reasons why everyone needs to stop littering. “100,000 sea mammals, sea turtles , and
An animal's digestive system can't pass plastic, so it stays in the stomach until they finally approach death. An even more significant problem is that the animals with plastic inside them end up as seafood on our dinner plates. When plastic approaches the ocean, It picks up immediate bacteria and toxins, that can kill any animal. In fact, approximately 100,000 sea animals, and about 1 million seabirds die a sluggish and painful death. Animals can also die of plastic entanglement.
In the article, Huge Garbage Patch Found in Atlantic Too, Kara Lavender Law, an oceanographer at the Sea Education Association, went on record and described the situation in the Atlantic. "Many people have heard of the Great Pacific Garbage Patch, but this issue has essentially been ignored in the Atlantic." In the Atlantic, this garbage patch spans roughly the distance from Cuba to Virginia and sits between 22 and 38 degrees north latitude. Same as the Trash in the Pacific Ocean, the trash in the Atlantic can filter for years, causing damage to marine life and the ocean. In the article, more than 7,000 students have gone off many research cruises were they deployed fine-mesh plankton nets to try and catalog the amount of plastic was caught.
Another thing that effects the blue crab 's ecosystem is its environmental threats. To begin, one of the environmental threats that blue crabs face is pollution. In the text, it states, “Approximately 6.4 million tons of plastic and other debris enter the oceans each year. And every year., more than 1 million marine animals die from eating or getting caught in this debris,” (Dignan 13). This shows that an environmental threat that blue crabs face is pollution because if about 1 million animals are dying each year because of pollution, we have a serious problem.
Luther King says in "9 Interesting Facts and Statistics about Littering", 1.9 billion tons of litter end up in the ocean. The ocean is another ecosystem made up of many diverse animals and plants. In “ 5 Ways Pollution Is Killing Animals”, Abigail Geer tells us that there are many things that can pollute the water ranging from noise, chemical and acid runoff, waste water and oils. All of these types of pollutions are affecting the marine life drastically. Abigail tells us that noise pollution is hurting animals that use sonar to get around are becoming closer to extinction.
It is also ruining the amazing marine biodiversity that South Africa has. Pollution not only comes from industrial sector such as oil companies, but also from littering and sewage. Plastic pollution is one of the types of pollution that effect the marine environment. It is impossible to give an accurate estimation of the amount of plastic that is being polluted into the ocean. However, in 1975 the global fishing fleet alone dumped approximately 135 400 tons of plastic fishing gear and 23 600 tons of synthetic packaging materials
It also killed 250 bald eagles, 22 killer whales, and countless salmon and herring. Finally, Prince William Sound has still not recovered more than 25 years later. It is still possible to find oil, and some species are not recovering. This includes the herring, pigeon guillemots, and the Killer Whale Pod AT1. Since the Exxon Valdez oil spill was so devastating to the environment, is is a sign of why humans need to change their energy
Obviously, the poison that is used in fishing (mainly cyanide) is harmful for the ocean because it may poison other fish over the years. Also, the usage of explosives are harmful because they all kill off things such as coral, and the damaging of coral reefs can take decades before it reverts back to its normal state. To reduce or totally eliminate the way these local practices are impacting the environment, we can place restrictions on what can be used in fishing, and how much you can catch. For example, we can limit fishers to only 10 fish a day. This would give the fish plenty of time to reproduce and would keep the population of the fish steady.
Ocean Pollution DBQ Did you know that every year, eight million metric tons of plastic is dumped or somehow ends up in the ocean (Doc. 1)? The following sentences will talk about what people are doing to pollute the oceans and how they are making the pollution better. Humans are the biggest threat to animals in the ocean because they litter so much (OI). Sometimes, people litter without even knowing they're littering.
The impact of cruise tourism on a location are not only positive but also has its negative. The cruise industry has been experiencing an important expansion in past 20 years. Cruises tourism are popular in the United States and in 2007, 10 million Americans took a cruise vacation representing 76 % of the total cruise passengers of the World and is expected 51 million of them cruising in the next there years (CLIA, 2008). Nowadays, there are about 300 liners sailing the world 's seas, with further 35 ships scheduled to join the global fleet over the next four years representing investments over U$D 20 billion. The cruise tourism is one of the popular tourism activities and uses natural environment as a key product.
Another natural cause is oceans and hurricanes. Both the ocean waves and hurricanes accelerate erosion, which is a main cause to the marshes disappearing. Something New Yorkers should realize is that "80% of oil and natural gases produced in the U.S. travels through our marshes" as according to page 12. America 's economy could go so wrong if the marshes the oil processes through suddenly disappears. Also, a huge percentage of marine life loves in Louisiana 's marshes.
Red Tide: How it affects Marine Life Red tide in Florida is a reoccurring problem that threatens marine life every year. Red tide in Florida waterways has a negative impact on marine life because it produces toxins that are harmful to marine species. It lessens the amount of oxygen in the water which ultimately leads to the migration and death of many different marine animals. Millions of dollars are poured into red tide research and prevention every year to help predict when and where a red tide is going to form. All the while, millions of dollars are being lost due to a drop in tourism and bans on fishing as red tide wreaks havoc on businesses and marine life.
A recent study by Duke University helped to show the negative affect that drinking water wells near hydrofracking sites have 17 times more methane than wells not located near fracking. Fracking operations have generated billions of gallons of radiation-laced toxic wastewater that people can 't manage properly” (The Serious Risks of Fracking Outweigh Its Benefits). This forces families to abandon their homes because of dangerous levels of arsenic, benzene and toluene in their blood. Hydraulic fracturing has caused earthquakes in Ohio and Oklahoma, ozone in Wyoming that out-smogs L.A., and a 200% increase in childhood asthma in parts of Texas (Polson). A top federal scientist admits that people just don 't know enough about all the different ways fracking can make humans sick.
Researchers found a thousand- five hundred particles per square mile. The garbage did not only just clog the water but the chemicals in the plastic bottles that can affect the fish the people farm in for a living that could change their life habits and animals that could go in extinct. Plastics have been entering the ocean every year and has become worse since now. By this problem we can start recycling water bottles that we see so we can start making it to use again instead of littering our ocean with plastic that has become a disaster. Not only the ocean is filled up with garbage but it also can cause infections in the water.