There are currently 22 coral species listed as threatened and three listed as endangered. Warming temperatures, coral disease, ocean acidification, sedimentation, and fishing are all contributing factors. Baby coral in Australia's Great Barrier Reef have declined by 89% due to mass bleaching in 2016 and 2017.
Blue Whales were abundant in the earth's oceans until the end of the 19th century at which time they became hunted almost to extinction. Blue Whales were given protection in parts of the Southern Hemisphere beginning in 1939. In 1965 they were given complete protection. Pre-whaling populations estimates were over 350,000. today's estimates are between 8,000 and 14,000.
Three species of Sea Turtles are either Endangered or Critically Endangered. The other three species are classified as vulnerable. See Turtles maintain the health of the ocean from maintaining productive coral reef ecosystems to transporting nutrients from the ocean to beaches and coastal dunes.
Plastic in our Oceans
Love the Coasts.
At least 8 million tons of plastic end up in our oceans every year. Plastic debris kills fish, seabirds and marine mammals.
We can change this by making smarter choices when deciding to use plastics or not. Question if there is an alternative. For example consider using a reusable non-plastic water bottle, buying your milk in a cardboard container, or saying no to a plastic bag at check-out. Join an initiative: Organize a beach or riverbank clean-up, donate to an ocean clean-up charity, hold companies accountable by writing Congress to update regulations surrounding plastics use.
Love the Coasts. Live the Lifestyle.