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Marine Conservation

“No water, no life. No blue, no green” – Sylvia Earle

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The coastal-marine environment has several different ecosystems – all functioning as a dynamic unit under the influence of a set of physical factors (ocean tides, wave action, sea temperature, ocean currents, levels of light, wind, type of topography, climate)
A few marine ecosystems which I’m sure you are familiar with are:

  • rocky and sandy shores
  • reefs
  • mangroves
  • salt marshes
  • kelp forests

Due to each ecosystem being made up of different species, in different types of habitats – there are many ways that humans exploit these marine environments and cause massive damage their fragile ecosystems.

  • Over fishing
  • Habitat loss and destruction
  • Species depletion
  • Plastic pollution
  • Waste dumping
  • Oil spills
  • Eutrophication
  • Ocean acidification

“Earth provides enough to satisfy every man’s needs, but not every man’s greed.” ― Mahatma Gandhi