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An Ocean Drowning In Plastic

Imagine an area 34 times the size of New York. Now imagine this area covered ankle-deep in plastic waste — piles of plastic bottles and plastic bags, plastic containers of all sorts for miles and miles, as far as the eye can see.  That’s how much plastic waste ends up in our oceans every year….

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How You Can Combat Overfishing

Overfishing is a huge problem, but you have the power to stop it!  This doesn’t mean you have to stop eating seafood either; it merely means to be an informed consumer of seafood.  These labels in the infographic above will help you buy sustainably harvested seafood that are better for the environment and the viability…

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Earth Day April 22nd 2018!

Earth Day is an annual event celebrated on April 22. Worldwide, various events are held to demonstrate support for environmental protection. First celebrated in 1970, Earth Day events in more than 193 countries are now coordinated globally. How can I celebrate Earth Day? Please do your part – every small action makes a difference.  Be the change you…

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Aquaculture: A Solution to Overfishing?

As the demand for seafood has increased, technology has made it possible to grow food in coastal marine waters and the open ocean. Aquaculture is a method used to produce food and other commercial products, restore habitat and replenish wild stocks, and rebuild populations of threatened and endangered species.  There are two main types of…

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Overfishing: What is Bycatch?

Bycatch is the capture of non-target species such as dolphins, whales, marine turtles, fish, and seabirds by commercial fishing. Thousands of miles of nets and lines are set in the world’s oceans each day. Modern fishing gear, often undetectable by sight and extremely strong, is very efficient at catching the desired fish species—as well as…

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Overfishing and Coral Reefs

Coral reef ecosystems support important commercial, recreational, and subsistence fishery resources around the world.  Fishing also plays a central social and cultural role in many island and coastal communities, where it is often a critical source of food and income. The impacts from unsustainable fishing on coral reef areas can lead to the depletion of…

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Ocean Issues: Overfishing

Billions of people rely on fish for protein, and fishing is the principal livelihood for millions of people around the world. For centuries, our seas and oceans have been considered a limitless bounty of food. However, increasing fishing efforts over the last 50 years as well as unsustainable fishing practices are pushing many fish stocks…

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Land-Based Pollution in our Oceans and How You Can Help

Many serious coral reef ecosystem stressors originate from land-based sources, most notably toxins, sediments, and nutrients. These pollutants drain from our streams and rivers and eventually drain to our oceans.  The source of these pollutants often comes from hundreds of miles away inland.  So even if you don’t live near the ocean your actions directly affect coral reefs!  …

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Climate Change and Coral Reefs

Climate change is an existential threat to coral reefs.  Climate Change = Ocean Change.

Warming Oceans = Coral Bleaching Sea Level Rise = Smothering of Coral Changes in Storm Patterns = Destruction of Reef Structure Changes in Precipitation = Algal Blooms and Reduced Light Altered Ocean Currents = Lack of Food and Dispersal…

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What is Coral Bleaching?

When corals are stressed by changes in conditions such as temperature, light, or nutrients, they expel the symbiotic algae living in their tissues, causing them to turn completely white. How can I help fight coral bleaching? Help reduce pollution: Fossil fuel emissions from cars and industry raise lead to ocean warming which causes mass-bleaching of corals and…

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