It's a Shame These Birds Had To Die. Even a Tiny
Piece of String Can Kill.
Plastic trash and other man-made debris in our oceans affects 44% of
all seabird species. Birds get entangled in fishing line, choked by
rings and die from ingesting plastics mistaking it for food. And that's
start of it.
What Can We Do?
As usual, reduce, reuse and recycle will always
help. But what else?
If you fish, I won't tell you to pick up your
fishing line, nets and hooks because if you are reading this, you're
problem - I hope.
Then there are some people who are just a waste of
life and they just
and won't ever care about littering, among other things.
Then their are people who just are
uninformed. They just need to be educated
and have things brought to their attention. So it would help if every
time you are out fishing
or on the boat with friends, make an effort to show people what they
Have a designated trash bin on board and make it
known that trash of any sort is definitely not
to be thrown overboard.
People don't think it's a big deal
to throw a wrapper or a cigarette butt overboard until they are walking
along a shore covered in it.
The California Division of Boating and Waterways
and the California Coastal Commission's Boating Clean and Green Program
have designated containers for recycling monofilament fishing line
which otherwise is not biodegradeable and can remain in the environment
over 600 years. If you live near a popular fishing location, maybe you
can propose to your local agencies a similar program.
The EPA Marine Debris Prevention Program has a
You Can Do" at home, on the go, at the office, at school, at
sea, during events and what you can do as a beachfront property manager
to prevent marine debris.
Some people just don't realize how their
mean life or death for wildlife such as this...
Consumer and industrial plastic ingested by beached fulmars in the
North Sea 1980s-2008. Since the 1980s the average mass of industrial
plastic found has been halved. The intake of consumer plastic tripled
in the mid 1990s, but has decreased since. Source: Plastic
Debris in the Ocean (pdf file)
. United Nations Environment
Programme (UNEP) Year Book Emerging Issues in Our Global Environment
At the very least...
Tell everyone you know to cut up those
6-pack rings before throwing
them away. And not just the big circles but the little ones in between
two so there is not one complete circle left. Not everyone will
volunteer a weekend to clean-up a beach, but I'm hoping we can take 2
minutes to cut up a 6-pack ring. If not, then were all just doomed.
Despite efforts to remove the 6-pack rings, this great blue heron
drowned soon after this photo was taken.
Warning: The following video is
a little hard to watch, but it's
reality. The footage was taken on Midway Island in the North Pacific
Ocean. The island is 1,200 miles away
from any other coast line and is only inhabited by birds yet trash is
everywhere - along the shoreline and in birds' stomachs.
Marine debris is everyone's problem. Be the change
NOAA Marine Debris Program -
response, removal, research partnerships, action.
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