…..and here we go again!
To keep our house reef and beach clean and healthy, our reef rangers remove all the garbage around Pom Pom.
During the last few weeks, a lot of garbage floated around Pom Pom Islands. Nobody knows exactly where it comes from but the first thought is it comes from closest islands after a heavy rain. A lot of this garbage ended up on the beaches of the Pom Pom Island or sunk in places where water current is less strong.
Most of the garbage is plastic, very dangerous for the environment. Plastic material poses a global environmental problem and has been identified as one of the most important pollution-related issues in the world.
Plastics accumulation influences societal and economic systems by altering environmental quality for future generations, decreasing the value of ecosystems services and potentially causing negative health implications.
When larger plastic debris items are for a long time in the water, they fragment in small pieces generating microplastics. Because of their physicochemical properties, microplastics are dispersed by winds and currents and accumulate in natural habitats, from the Arctic to Antarctic and from the ocean surface to the bottom of the sea. Microplastics concentration in the marine environment increases with decreasing particle size as a result of the progressive breakdown of debris. The impacts of microplastics on marine biota are currently under investigation and are expected to be more dangerous than macroplastics. The interactions of marine organisms with microplastics include ingestion, entanglement, toxicity, carcinogenesis, endocrine disruption and physical harm, such as internal abrasion and blockage. In an overview published for the Convention on Biological Diversity, it was shown that over 663 different species were negatively impacted by marine debris with approximately 11% of reported cases specifically related to the ingestion of microplastics (Convention on Biological Diversity and the Scientific and Technical Advisory Panel—GEF 2012). However, despite the increasing interest in this topic, which has been included in numerous Marine Protection Strategies at both National and Global levels, large gaps in knowledge still exist, especially in relation to the effects of microplastics on marine organisms, crucial for implementing future mitigation actions.
There is still a lot of work to do…if you want to join and help us, please contact me [email protected]
!PRESERVE&CONSERVE FOR THE NEXT GENERATION!