Issues

While there are numerous threats to our oceans today, Rock The Ocean is focused on bringing attention to five main issues. Each of these issues has a detrimental impact on the health, vitality, and future state of the oceans, and they’re all things that we can make a personal effort to fix. Explore each issue below and learn how you can make a difference.

Over-fishing

Blue-fin tuna populations have declined by over 95%! Over fishing and destructive fishing practices could take fish off the menu by 2048! As much as 7.3 million tons of by-catch is lost every year. For every shrimp caught by trawling in the Gulf of Mexico, over four times it’s weight is wasted by-catch! Eat sustainable seafood!

Shark Conservation

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Up to 100 million sharks are killed by humans each year; largely in part to meet the demand for shark fin soup. Sharks are a crucial part of the ocean’s ecosystem and are even helping researchers to develop better medical procedures and devices for humans!Marine Pollution – The almost over-whelming amount of marine pollution today not only affects our oceans and EVERYTHING in them but it has a big impact on our health. The seafood we eat more than likely has been swimming in and feeding in a toxic soup of chemicals, plastics and other waste and debris.80% of all marine pollution comes from land based sources! You can help!

Coral Reef Degradation

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The worlds coral reefs are in BIG trouble! They are also VITAL to the health of our oceans! Pollution, over-fishing and the introduction of invasive species like the Lionfish has put our reefs in peril! If you’re a boater be careful not to anchor your boat on a reef. This will kill it! If you’re a diver, don’t touch the reefs, just enjoy their beauty!

Marine Pollution

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The almost over-whelming amount of marine pollution today not only affects our oceans and EVERYTHING in them but it has a big impact on our health. The seafood we eat more than likely has been swimming in and feeding in a toxic soup of chemicals, plastics and other waste and debris.80% of all marine pollution comes from land based sources! You can help!

Turtle Conservation

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It is estimated that 1 in 1,000-10,000 sea turtle hatchlings survives to maturity due in large part to human impact in the ocean and on nesting beaches. Dimming beachfront lighting, protecting nesting sites, and educating the public on responsible boating are some of the many ways to help combat the problem!