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The Sea of My Childhood -- and Its Uncertain Future

Environment  (tags: environment, habitat, nature, protection )

- 2104 days ago -
As the summer kicks off in the Northern Hemisphere, the beach is increasingly on many people's minds. But if you've seen plastic bags lining the world's beaches, video footage of oil spills or explosive algae growth resulting in beach closures, you know


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Kit B (276)
Sunday July 14, 2013, 8:22 am

Every sea and waterway on this globe can tell the same story. A damn shame that we are not listening.

Past Member (0)
Sunday July 14, 2013, 9:16 am
Just a shame...

Julie E (405)
Sunday July 14, 2013, 11:07 am
What a shame we have to worry about the enormous amount of sea we have because of carelessness and stupidity.

Past Member (0)
Sunday July 14, 2013, 11:52 am
Time to ban plastic bags worldwide now We have enough evidence of the harm and mess they cause


Michael M (60)
Sunday July 14, 2013, 12:21 pm
The Baltic is a very enclosed body of water, and possibly its problems have assisted also in the nations surrounding it, to have understood the limits of ecosystems and the dangers of human exploitation and other habits.

The article itself is largely positive in tone, backed up with links to great environmental efforts.

I remember, however, the seas of my childhood, among walls of fish, colored with innumerable species. As children we took exception to the ravaging scuba divers who were just beginning to use their freedom to take too much.
We ourselves were free to safely surf in places where subsequent fast growth (like the TIjuana Rivermouth) later made extremely, poisonously dangerous.
We unknowingly suffered infections from staphylococcus outside of polluted harbors and in places where US cities piped raw sewage, but fast healed when elsewhere in clean ocean waters.

We did not know of the devastation being effected by bottom trawling, and the driftnets and immense longlines were not yet being used (nylon is the material from which these immensely destructive aberrations , but commercial fishing is the culprit.

You have heard of the bushmeat trade in Africa being a problem. This is due to the huge overpopulation's demands.
Farming the ocean turns out to be so environmentally and ecologically destructive that many haveended without environmental campaigns:
large areas are devastated for years following only a short period of shrimp or salmon farming.

The zooplankton of the Antarctic is at risk from the domestic animal feed industry, and lest you underestimate your participation, the pet food industry.
This is humanity striking at the very heart of the ocean's ecosystem, and must be outlawed, as it affects all the creatures which you try so hard to protect, like the great whales, almost every species of which was exploited to what is called commercial extinction: about 5 to10% of their historical populations.

You may forget that small numbers of sailors accomplished the extinction of several flightless species, like the Great Auk ad the Dodo. Placing goats and some inadvertent animals on islands contributed to many extinctions.
The Maori extinguished the Moa, and in doing so, the Haast's Eagle which evolved to prey upon that huge flightless bird. The Hawaiians made huge feathered cloaks for the Alii, and by bringing rats to the Islands, caused a cascade of indigenous bird extinctions.

The world needs a lighter touch than is given by our kind. I do thank those who feel a moral need to live in that way.


Theodore Shayne (56)
Sunday July 14, 2013, 12:28 pm
Welcome to plastic world.

Frances D (92)
Sunday July 14, 2013, 2:15 pm
I agree with all above comments

Inge B (202)
Sunday July 14, 2013, 2:37 pm
I agree with Frances.


Birgit W (160)
Sunday July 14, 2013, 4:41 pm
Very good article, thank you very much.

Carol H (229)
Sunday July 14, 2013, 6:51 pm
sadly noted

Mari 's (1356)
Sunday July 14, 2013, 6:52 pm
Then it should be taken away, it's sad! Why is it we humans are the ONLY species that causes such destruction and hell to survive?? WHY!? Every other animal species is smarter than man!

Ben O (135)
Monday July 15, 2013, 3:00 am
"Because we don't think about future generations, they will never forget us"
(Henrik Tikkanen)

Lona G (66)
Monday July 15, 2013, 3:02 am
Noted. Nice to see some positive notes amidst the doom and gloom. Keeps us going.

Ingo Schreiner (8)
Monday July 15, 2013, 5:52 am
such a shame

Sonny Honrado (5)
Monday July 15, 2013, 6:06 am
Sad because to sea is still rising due to global warming.

Diane K (134)
Monday July 15, 2013, 9:50 am
Sadly noted. Got to have hope for better climate & less pollution. Thanks

Lisa Zilli (17)
Monday July 15, 2013, 10:26 am
And that's why we need to ban plastic bags:

Maria S (95)
Tuesday July 16, 2013, 6:06 am
Very sadly noted. It's really very sad that we don't try hard enough to protect the world we live in.
Thanka Cher!
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