Friday, March 2, 2012

Day 261 - March 1, 2012

lifeguard tower 26 - Ocean Park, Santa Monica CA
trash collected for 20 min. 
1.4 pounds
965.9 pounds total 

90% of all the big fish are gone. 

Gone? Overfished. Out of the ocean. Not around anymore. Yes, gone. I've heard this frightening statistic before, but CNN had an update for us this week. In the esteemed science journal Nature, there's a recent study that took ten years to compile. You can argue with it...but it would be like arguing Global Warming. Like a certain political party, the only ones opposing this scientific research are the people with something to gain by denying the facts - Tuna Fishery Commissions. Come on guys, really? 
I'm thinking it's damn scary. 

This bottle looks like it's been kicking around in the ocean for awhile. 
Here's an interesting post from Bill Hickman of Surfrider - VOLUNTARY PLASTIC BAG REDUCTIONS DON'T WORK. He covers all the facts, and even includes a photo of a mountain of  used plastic bags waiting for a buyer that's never coming. Single use plastic bag usage is upwards of 
100 Billion to 115 Billion in the USA alone! 

OK, I need a pick-me-up after this it! Here's a bit of hope from PEW - A video from Palau about how sharks are worth far more to their economy alive rather than, well you know.