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Happy Halloween from the Oceans

October 31, 2013

The oceans are vast and they serve us well.  But they are not endless and we’ve known for a long time that they are in trouble.  Pollution, climate change and overfishing have inflicted extreme damage on them.

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Baby boomers took the bait, so to speak. We made an enterprising chef wealthy, but destroyed the red drum population.

Carbon-based energy sources, plastics, emissions from ships and other industrial practices pollute the water.  The release of carbon dioxide, which the oceans partially absorb, has changed the pH balance in the water, causing great peril to the coral reefs and other sea life.   Worldwide temperature increases are melting the polar caps and influencing currents.  Insatiable appetites and gluttony have decimated the fisheries.  The Atlantic Bluefin Tuna, a species that can live up to forty years, is now endangered as a result of reckless and incessant butchering in the Atlantic Ocean and Mediterranean Sea.  This is a highly coveted fish sold at very high prices in the Japanese seafood markets and around the world.  It once swam in the Black Sea, but those are now days gone by.  The rate at which the Atlantic Bluefin Tuna is pulled out of the water will make it very difficult for the species to survive.  In the 1980s, Americans got caught up with a “blackened redfish” pitch from a famous chef in New Orleans and almost wiped out the Gulf of Mexico red drum population.  Decades later, it has still has not fully recovered.  Other species, including grouper and marlin, are also at risk.MEDUSA

Many natural wonders remain in the oceans.  All are fascinating and some are almost beyond imagination.  Adjustments to the way we view our oceans and the disciplines exercised over conservation of these precious resources are necessary to sustain the ecosystem and the breadth of sea life.

The good folks over at Oceana bring us wonderful photos from the oceans that are perfect for Halloween.  Take a look and enjoy.  They may fill you with awe.  Trick or treat!

6 Comments
  1. Bruce, my pub once went out with USCG to report on catch patrol. very serious issue and thank you for bringing it the attention it needs. we must protect our natural rsesources and species, because once they are gone … xo, LMA

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  2. Hi LMA – hats off to those on the front lines of ocean conservation!

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  3. Yes, I am filled by awe. May we all work to preserve our precious oceans, and appreciate the necessity and beauty of them!

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  4. I was just at Pt. Reyes National Seashore, Bruce. One of the concerns there is that the rising oceans may wipe out cultural sites of the Native Americans going back several thousand years. –Curt

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