Marine Habitat Destruction Anita Rouse SCI/275 07/24/2010 Jean-Paul Simjouw, PhD Marine habitats are in grave danger due to humans and Mother Nature. Hurricanes, typhoons, storm surges, and tsunamis are factors in which contributes to the destruction of marine habitats and are caused by Mother Nature. Human’s destruction to these habitats is much worse due to the fact that Mother Nature’s destruction is mostly temporary, while humans leave more of a lasting footprint on the habitats because of our persistence. (National Geographic, n. . ). Marine habitat destruction caused by humans are wetlands being filled for further development, runoff water which carries chemicals, pollutants, and wastes are pumped back into the water without treatment, destructive fishing techniques, tourism, and ships. I feel that these issues need to be dealt with before it is too late. I have come up with a sustainment plan that will benefit the environment and in turn benefit society; for if we sit back and do nothing our marine habitats will be ruined and unable to save.
Marine habitats are homes to many different marine animals, organisms, and plants; it is also a very fragile ecosystem, in which many are taking for granted. The destruction caused by Mother Nature cannot be prevented, but what can change is the destruction we humans are causing. I feel that it is important to try and reach out to every individual to get them to fully understand the dilemma, we need to make the public more aware of the situation at hand and its severity on marine animals and plants, and we also need to emphasize the affects it could end up having on humans and society.
In order to do this I think it would be important to start small and work my out. Another aspect that would help greatly is to create more marine reserves, which protects the habitat and the animals and plants. In marine reserves no mining is allowed, no fishing, and no fish farming. (MarineBio, n. d. ). The habitat are preserved and safe. This is not going to save all marine habitats, but any positive action, is a step in the right direction. The first steps I would take in educating the greater population would be to find those who want to conserve marine habitats and who are willing to dedicate their time to the project.
Once I have a team built in my town we will work together to set up meetings in the neighborhoods, and at the schools. Going about setting up meetings would take a great deal of time because my team and I would have to research the affects we have had on marine habitats and also have proof of the damage we have caused through pictures and charts. The team and I would also try and find an environmentalist who would be willing to go to the schools and talk with the students about marine habitat conservation.
I would also prefer to find one who is not in it for the money and who will volunteer their time in order to not cost the schools money, when budgets are already tight. I am giving myself and my team one to six months to get everything ready for the presentations. The next step is to make phone calls, setting up presentation dates, and do a presentation in the neighborhoods. The phone calls would entail calling principles, the Super Attendant of Schools, and call those in my neighborhood to get everyone together one night to discuss the issue and present the information.
Setting up presentation dates will be given the timeline of months five through seven. Months eight and beyond, my team and I will continue to branch out setting up more presentations, doing the presentations, and trying to get others to join our efforts and volunteer their time. At each presentation not only would we be educating, but our team will potentially grow and we will ask for donations to give to marine biologists to help conserve marine habitats.
I would also try and get as many individuals at the presentations to write to legislation to try and persuade them to create more marine reserves and to hear our voices. When presenting the information there are always those that will oppose the issue. When it comes to educating individuals, it is not always easy; I do not feel that schools will be opposed, but will be supportive and willing. Those that will be opposed will be adults in the neighborhood, those that hold jobs on a fish farms, fisherman, miners in the ocean, and those that fish for recreational purposes.
The reason for their opposition is because the ocean creates many jobs and a huge food source. In creating more marine reserves, there will be fewer areas to go mining, fishing, and less fish farms; this will also create more competition between fishermen. The reason for adults being opposed to the education is due to the fact that some may see that it is not important. The problem with ignoring the issue is that marine life will become threatened and endangered. When a marine habitat is ruined the animals that call that habitat home will in turn start to die off.
When marine populations begin to drop, those that feed off of that source will be affected, and them humans will be affected. We are on top of the food chain and if we do nothing to protect the habits, our food supply from the water will be greatly depleted. (MarineBio, n. d. ). Once marine life has depleted, many will loose their jobs. This is why we need more marine reserves, in order to preserve marine life and build up their population ensuring their existence. When trying to change a way of life even if it is for the better it requires a great deal of work and effort.
The challenges that will be faced will be from those that do not want to attend the presentations and trying to get those involved in saving the marine habitats. Another huge challenge that will be faced is through legislation listening and complying with trying to make more marine reserves. The community will be positively affected by these changes. The reason I feel this way is because in preserving marine life we are maintaining a food supply and at the same time even though jobs will be lessoned, the efforts will be preserving jobs in the long run because we will be ensuring marine life by preserving their habitats.
It may also affect recreational fishing due to the fact that no one can fish in the marine reserves, but it should not affect them too much because they can find a different area to fish in. We need to get a handle on conserving marine habitats; we have already done enough damage. In order to save marine habits we need to get many individuals on board to help our efforts to conserve the habitats. In educating more individuals on the situation and getting the government to hear our voices, then I feel we can start making the proper steps needed to save our oceans and those that call the ocean their home.
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