Oceans waste away due to pollution


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Floating throughout all oceans, trash is abundant, affecting marine life and the environment. It is predicted by the Center for Biological Diversity the amount of plastic will exceed the amount of fish in oceans by 2050.

Nicole Prus, Staff Writer

Picture 50 years from now: oceans will be covered with an inconceivable amount of trash such as plastic bottles, plastic bags, cigarettes, food wrappers, plastic utensils, straws, beverage cans, and paper bags etc. due to the fault of humans. 

The amount of trash is unacceptable; think about having children in the future who will have to live on a destroyed planet due to people living now who do not care about Earth.  

It is predicted by the Center for Biological Diversity, that the amount of plastic in oceans will exceed the amount of fish in oceans by 2050. Plastics are very harmful towards sea life, and even the smallest things like a plastic bottle cap can kill an animal.  

According to Coastal Care, the number of fish will decrease because of plastic pollution, which will tremendously impact humans for the worse. Fish are an important food source that provides protein needed for the human diet.  

As stated by Borgen project, although there is a large variety of other foods in the United States, fish is one of the very few food resources available for the survival of people from poorer countries, providing a source of income to support those families. If fish were extinct, poverty would increase substantially in poor countries.  

It is excruciating to watch a person walk by a piece of trash in a public area without picking it up and throwing it away properly. If every person in this planet picked up trash, the planet would be instantly cleaner. Picking up trash everyday should be a top priority for everyone to live on a healthy Earth. 

Going to beaches is one of the most popular activities for people on vacation, but imagine if there wasn’t a beach to even go to because of pollution. A person would not want to swim in plastic infested water so can it be expected that animals should do so?  

Children in the future will not even know what an ocean looks like because of careless people who inhabit this world. These children may never be able to see marine animals because they are extinct from swallowing trash they thought was food. 

The reason to care about red tide is that soon the beaches near Tampa and the Bayshore area will be so damaged that there will be no beach to come to relax on. Instead, the beaches will be too filthy to swim in. A bad case of endless coughing and trouble breathing will happen for Tampa residents. Also, the sea life in Tampa will die due to red tide. 

Red tide has deeply impacted the Tampa Bay area in two ways. First, the red tide is killing off marine animals, especially manatees, since they are commonly found in Florida. Second, the red tide is affecting the people of Tampa by causing respiratory problems.  Red tides are caused by humans defiling Tampa water with fertilizer and sewage run-off. 

According to Science Daily, harmful algae is formed in red tide that changes the color to red, brown, green or purple. Scientists are trying experiments to eradicate red tide by applying copper sulfate to the red tide cells, but this process can still harm some marine animals.  

If nothing will be done to clean the Bayshore area, then clean water will become part of the past. There is still not an official way for the Floridians to eradicate red tide, although it is still important for the people of Tampa to take care of their waters.   

An amazing way to help save the ocean and marine life is to use reusable versions of straws, plastic bags, coffee-cup lids and plastic wrap. Another way to contribute to keeping the ocean clean is to not buy water but instead to use a reusable plastic water bottle.  

A little effort and care can go a long way to restore the ocean to be clean and crystal clear the way Mother Nature originally created it. To keep the planet clean, make sure to recycle to preserve Earth’s natural beauty for future generations.