The ocean is central to all life on Earth, not just marine life. Our oceans are facing
significant threats to the very survival of essential species, causing imbalances in the
ecosystems that the seas sustain. Understanding more about the health of our planet’s
valuable ecosystems and what we can do to protect them will ensure that the unique
marine treasures we enjoy are around for years to come.
The Ocean’s Future Health
The ocean today faces several threats to the survival of species both big and small.
Species as diverse as plankton and whales suffer from the ill effects of many of the
ocean’s dangers. The various threats to seas on our planet cause habitat loss for
Plastic shows up in various forms, including remnants of fishing lines and other plastic
items, often end up eaten by marine animals. This tragedy happens because the pieces
resemble food to animals including birds and turtles.
Commercial fishing practices often result in overfishing. When industrial fishing
practices deplete too much of the fish population in an area, the effects involve multiple
species that rely on the overfished species for food.
Climate change has affected ocean temperatures, threatening many species that
require optimal temperatures for survival. When the water in the sea is an inappropriate
temperature, endangered species are less able to breed successfully.
Changes in acid levels also have damaging effects, especially on plants life. Many
species require plants to live, and acidic conditions make it harder for these plants to
Steps We Can Take to Help
Reducing or eliminating the use of plastic products is one important step to take for
ocean health. Reusable shopping bags, for example, are one example of an action you
can choose to reduce your use of plastic.
When buying products that use plastic packaging, look for options that use as little
plastic as possible. Recycle all your plastics whenever possible.
Purchase fish products from sustainable sources, which you can look for easily by
reading the labeling. If you have fish yourself, always dispose of your fishing lines
properly after use.
Buy products made by companies that have a good record of doing their part to reduce
pollution. Companies that use renewable energy, incorporate recycled products into
their manufacturing and otherwise protect the environment are always worth supporting.
The marine life that lives in our oceans is always worth protecting. One of the best ways
to get an up-close and personal look at these creatures and gain a new appreciation for
them is by taking part in water activities like diving and snorkeling. Flipper’s Adventures
offers tours that will give you the opportunity to experience these natural wonders.