A two day National Conference on Marine Debris (COMAD) has realized that ‘oceans will house more plastics than fish by 2050.’ This needs to be taught in schools, in companies and even highlighted in newspapers and magazines. This matter is a very serious concern, which could lead to a lot of ecological issues.
Central Marine Fisheries Research Institute (CMFRI) Principle scientist, V Kripa estimates 850 million tonnes (mt) of plastics in oceans by 2050, and fish to be only 815 mt.
According to studies, there is currently 5.25 trillion plastic debris in the ocean, with 4.8 mt being disposed of each year. Hence this is bad news for marine life survival as they end up eating plastic, and their habitat also gets destroyed.
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One of the sources is lost nets, which causes dolphins and other lovely fish to get entangled.
What needs to be done is a proper garbage awareness program. In this program, a highlight should be on what is thrown, where it should be thrown, whether it can be recycled and what the consequences are for not following guidelines. Many people are unaware of the consequences of throwing garbage on the roads and in the sea. It might be an innocent habit, but in the long run, this type of innocent habit needs to be cut off completely.
Cosmetic surgery is adding plastic to your external body, and thus this is what is being done in the sea. A cosmetic surgery also called plastic surgery! We all know what happens with plastic surgeries ….it causes very harmful effects to the bodies in the long run. Imagine the same case with the sea.
The Padma Shri Awardee Vasudevan was also known as Plastic Man of India converted plastic waste into tar. He claims that the whole problem of plastic in the sea can be solved if the plastic is processed properly and so will be environmentally benefiting.