Marine conservation

The waters occupy 95% and 70% of biosphere and earth surface respectively. These waters help human beings a great deal and should be conserved to the maximum; on the contrary, the ocean life is under survival strain. Human being continuously abuses the sea and the living organisms in it through processes like overfishing, pollution through disposing of dirt especially industrial remains in the oceans and plastics from coastal regions residents. A considerable number of aquatic organisms like birds, turtles, fish, and mammals are in jeopardy. The threat of extensive damage to marine life is significantly increasing and this, in the long run, will lead to loss of marine life species and genetic diversity. New manageable approaches should be considered to end the marine life damage with ensuring that the unique features of aquatic ecosystems are restored.

They are several human life and natural factors that affect marine life and stir its extinction. These factors include:

  • Species overfishing

Fishing has a drastic effect on our oceans. Increasing demand for fish products and fish meat has led to enhancement of fishing in large scales. Due to this, the big fish population is significantly decreasing with an approximate 90% value from original population every year. This reduction upsets the marine food chain causing the prey population to excessively grow due to lack of predators. The constant reductions of the targeted fish cause fishers to look for other fish species altering the marine ecosystem.

  • Organist waste

Organic waste includes sewage runoff and fertilizers from farms. This waste is dumped into the oceans through rivers that have their sources in the oceans and seas. When these wastes are dumped, they cause a huge effect on marine ecosystems. This organic waste disposed of in oceans causes algae to flourish in the oceans. The algae, in turn, consume oxygen meant for the aquatic life species or produce toxins killing of the marine species.

  • Greenhouse effect

Oceans absorb most of the greenhouse gases like carbon dioxide that is in the air. These gases combine with seawater reducing its PH. PH affects the acidity of water hence its reduction leads to an increase in acidity. Acidic water, in turn, affects marine plant and animals and also weakens shellfish and coral.

  • Dumping and pollution

Human pollution is a significant factor in ocean life. The highest trash found in oceans is that of plastic. The Pacific trash vortex contains an approximate 2.0 million waste in every square mile. Besides the plastic and paper trash, oil spillage from industries causes a significant loss of marine species.

Marine protection starts with you and me. Marine conservation should not only be left as a task for the marine agencies only. Marine conservation should be practised by all regardless of where we live or what we do to earn a living. It is as simple as minding where we dispose our trash. If we all get a marine conservation mindset, then we can be assured that we will have a balanced ecosystem in the oceans.

Life as a sailor

Spending several years as a sailor and being on board, I can conclude that life in the sea is splendid. Maybe I am a little obsessive with the sea, but hey! That’s who I am. I have never felt tired of the sea life; apart from of course being away from my family as the only immense con. Does my whole life revolve around the ocean, sea vessels and everything that deals with it? Probably yes. We have what we like doing so why not try being around the sea?

I know they are several other people out there who share my sentiments. Taking an example of E.B White, he was a dedicated sailor and often writes several articles and journals about the need to be on the sea. He once stated that, if one has to be fixated about something, it should be a water vessel. Let’s find out what it takes to be a sailor.

To begin with, it feels blissful to be around the ocean or sea. Every day of a sailor is a day to witness the stunning seascapes of tranquil and serene oceans. It feels good to wake up every morning and find yourself floating on an enormous vessel in some place you can’t tell. It is always a moment to enjoy being out of the world civilizations, noise, and air pollution.

You may ask, don’t these sailors get bored living around an enclosed space with little choices to make? The answer is absolutely no. You cannot afford to be bored in the sea, and of course, you have a lot to focus. As a ship attendant particularly a boatswain, you have a lot of responsibilities in the vessel you cannot afford to assume. When I am not working, it is an excellent time to spend time reading books and blogs, working out, playing indoor games, video games, socializing with other sailors and also enjoying wonderful meals.

Despite all the enjoyable stuff, sailing offers it also comes with a few negative comebacks. Some of them are the rough weather conditions, storms and dealing with pirates. Despite having accurate and modernized weather forecasting systems, at times they are hostile sea conditions that comprise high pitching and rolling that makes it intricate to work or even sleep. Piracy is one of the worst experiences on the sea and is highly watched, controlled by observing stern anti-piracy procedures and measures to ensure safety.

Missing family and friends who are not on board is another disadvantage that tackling it proves hard at times but thanks to the technology we can be connected. Leaving behind loved ones in every endeavor causes terrible feelings, and we can all do nothing about it. Being on board, we use Skype, video chat as much as we can to keep the connection. Most shipping companies also offer family carriage. As sailors, carrying a wife, girlfriend, husband, boyfriend and even kids on board is one of the undeniable bliss. The family gets the advantage of boarding and roaming around the ports, and also you have them at all times.