The ocean is a big piece of our earth, in fact: 71% of our earth is made of ocean. It has a huge amount of life forms in it, from small pieces of plankton to large mammals, like big blue whales. This is called the eco-system of the ocean, or, as National Geographic says:
“Marine ecosystems are aquatic environments with high levels of dissolved salt, such as those found in or near the ocean. Marine ecosystems are defined by their unique biotic (living) and abiotic (non-living) factors. Biotic factors include plants, animals, and microbes; important abiotic factors include the amount of sunlight in the ecosystem, the amount of oxygen and nutrients dissolved in the water, proximity to land, depth, and temperature.”
The life of the sea is changing as humans damage the chemistry of the sea, all around us. And as a huge ocean-lover, I find it very hard to watch. Some things really have to stop, and after watching Oceanspiracy, the documentary on Netflix, it really opened my eyes for it and made me want to investigate more about this subject.
This documentary highlights the real problem in the ocean, which is large scale fishing and all the extra fish being catched in their crazy big nets. All these millions of extra bycatch is being thrown back into the sea, and already dead. It is such cruel and massively destroying behaviour, and we have to stop these big nets from being used at all. Of course it’s illegal, but this level of fishing is so corrupt people turn a blind eye to it. In my eyes it is just extremely harsh, not even human-like, to even be a part of this process. Like how dare you to kill all these beautiful sea creatures, the ones we need most in our oceans in order to maintain the whole ecosystem? It is beyond cruel to see what is happening to our ocean.
So if you’ve watched Seaspiracy as well, the one thing we can do as human is just to stop supporting these cruel and unhuman businesses, by stop eating fish. As been shown many times, the fish we eat nowadays is mostly full with crap, stuff that our body really doesn’t need, and we can easily (especially now, with all the substitutes being there) eat other things to get the ‘good fishy bits’ into our bodies. Leafy green vegetables, walnuts, flaxseed oil, soy oil, and canola oil are good options, but your body converts just a small amount to DHA, the type of omega-3 in fish. Talk to your doctor about vegetarian sources of DHA like microalgae (spirulina). Some foods, such as certain brands of eggs, yogurt, juices, milk, and soy beverages, are fortified with DHA and other omega-3s.
The study of Marine Biology and conservation is so important, especially nowadays. People need to be educated more about the ocean and realise what is currently happening to our ocean, and how we can all protect it. For me, this is an extremely important matter because the ocean literally is our life. If something in the ocean is defect, it grows by itself again. It’s marvellous how the whole marine eco-system works. But if something, even a little thing, changes in the ocean, it can change the whole eco-system and affect many sea creatures too.
What is all changing in our oceans?
One of those things that is rapidly changing is the PH-level of the ocean. Now you may think, PH-level, what on earth is that? In normal human-language you could say, it is the saltiness-level of the ocean, the level in which our beloved sea-animals can live in. Now the reason that the PH-level is changing, is because of the increasing temperature of our ocean.
Another thing that is rapidly changing, is the existence of the coral reefs.
Also, the amount of big fish in our oceans, such as sharks and whales, is becoming less and less. This is a big problem, because if they disappear, most ocean creatures will disappear, which will cause big problems for our planet. The ecosystem of the earth relies on the ocean too.
One reason why they’re dying is the amount of plastic in the sea, which causes sea animals like turtles to get tangled up in them and suffocate. But by far the biggest problem is the large scale that fish is taken out of the sea, especially by trawling nets, and the bycatch of other fish they kill. The nets used in pair trawling can be massive. Pair trawlers fishing for mackerel in the open sea can drag a net which is 1.6 kilometres long with a mouth opening measuring 60 by 120 metres. To put this into perspective a net this big would be able to fit ten 747 Boeing jumbo jets inside of it.
Basically, If any creature of our planet goes extinct, it brings the rest of the ecosystem out of balance. That’s why it is so important to stop eating animals and fish, as they all have such a positive impact on the whole system. They are our nature, our natural habitat, and we need to come to realise that we aren’t. We are anything but nature, buying plastic products on a daily basis, using cars and planes, killing animals and using highly chemical products just to get more profit on things. This is wrong, there are other ways to do things, and people need to become more aware of that fact.
A good way to go would be to stop buying plastic products, to buy less, to eat locally, supporting local and sustainable businesses, stop eating meat and fish and also a very important one: to use the plane less to get somewhere and to see if there are more sustainable alternatives, such as the train. I really believe that we can get somewhere if we all choose to be more aware of our own behavior and if we become more aware of how to protect our beloved planet.