Sunday, January 15, 2017

Who speaks for the ocean?


This makes me want to vomit. 

FYI, the URL on the whaler in the story below www.icr.org is for this Japanese "research" organisation who show a photo of themselves HARPOONING A WHALE on their own website. They were caught this month with a dead minke whale in spite of a worldwide moratorium on whaling. See that whole story here: http://www.msn.com/en-ca/news/world/sea-shepherd-finds-japanese-ship-with-slaughtered-whale/ar-AAlSC7o?ocid=sf 

When I was young, I fell in love with the ocean and had career aspirations of working on research projects to help us understand and protect marine life with a focus on marine mammals. My path ended up leading in a different direction, and I have not been able to spend much time anywhere near them. I read stories like these and have to wonder if I would have been able to make a difference had I taken a different path in life. Sadly, I do not own a time machine and cannot undo that now, but the work I have been able to contribute to in other technologies may have had some effect on getting the information out to the world faster and more efficiently. I am hopeful we can do more. 

With all of the focus in the media this past year on politics and oil and celebrity spotlights it seems that the oceans have fallen very far down on the list of concerns for the average person. We need to change that. We need to recognise that our own lives are dependent on the health of the oceans and without them, none of our other problems even matter. a-brewery-invented-edible-six-pack-rings-to-save-ocean-animals 

People still seem to think it is okay to release hundreds of balloons into the sky for their
celebrations, but we have pretty clear evidence that this is really harmful to our ocean dwelling friends. We are still finding animals with those plastic six-pack can rings wrapped around their heads and feet even though it has been a known threat for decades. There is hope though in some new technology making these actually edible if they end up in the ocean. 

There are still tons of floating garbage circling around in the ocean (literally) in spite of what you may have heard about it being a "myth". Dangerous headlines like this may have you thinking the problem is solved, but it is not. The reality is somewhere between a "clean ocean" and an "island of garbage the size of India" - both of which I have read and both of which are false. Thankfully there are some interesting ideas to clean up the mess that really is there to deal with. 

My hope is that I can help raise awareness and contribute to advance technology solutions that will help preserve the oceans that are vital to our survival.

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