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Overfishing, over-fertilization, illegal fishing, destructive fishing methods, lack of
government controls, misleading quality labels and unwanted bycatch are just a few of the threats to our oceans and the highly associated changes to our environment and ecosystems. Almost 30% of fish stocks commercially fished are over-fished and over 60% of fish stocks are fully fished, already.
The Microplastic epdiemic in our food will be one of the biggest health challenges in the next decades. Microplastic particles can physically damage organs and leach hazardous chemicals—from the hormone-disrupting bisphenol A (BPA) to pesticides—that can compromise immune function and stymie growth and reproduction.
Plastics pollution has a direct and deadly effect on wildlife. Thousands of seabirds and sea turtles, seals and other marine mammals are killed each year after ingesting plastic or getting entangled in it.
There are many more methods and examples of how humans cause mass-extinction, other than plastic pollution. Sharks, rays, and other cartilaginous fish are at greatest risk, with about 40% facing extinction, caused by overfishing. Continuing like this will ultimately end in our own extinction.
The most visible and disturbing impacts of marine plastics are the ingestion, suffocation and entanglement of hundreds of marine species. Marine wildlife such as seabirds, whales, fishes and turtles, mistake plastic waste for prey. Most die of starvation as their stomachs are filled with plastic debris. Killing these lifeforms and destroying their natural habitat will lead to an endless cycle of extinction.
We all need to be part of the solution, otherwise we negate the effort of others. Everyone is affected by this, even the most privileged countries. While many poor regions depend on fish to survive, even developed societies fall victim to an increasing amount of micro-plastics in their food.
Some cultures throw corpses and trash into the water, while others lead their chemical waste into the sea. Everyone is contributing to this catastrophe, and everyone suffers from it. It is time to change this once and for all. Together.
The United Nations world food programme declared Fish one of the key nutriments to fight global hunger. Approximately 3 billion people rely on wild caught fish. By damaging the eco-system of the ocean, the quantity and quality of caught fish can dramatically drop and cause incredble damage in the food chain of many countries.