Ocean Conservation projects are working hard to reduce the amount of plastic entering our seas. It takes hundreds of years to break down and can cause injury or death to marine life that come into contact with it. Davy Jones Locker instructor Shaun describes the problems facing the oceans and how we sometimes contribute to it.
Ocean Conservation and Plastic Consumption
It is easy for the general public to get complacent about waste management. Getting that extra straw from 711 which you don’t end up using and then throwing it in the bin. Thinking that is dealing with it responsibly – out of sight, out of mind.
The unfortunate reality is that what appears to be a minute piece of plastic ends up washing into our waterways and accumulates in our oceans at an alarming rate. To put it in perspective scientists estimate that 1 plastic bag can take up to 500 years to break down in our oceans, 500 years for 1 plastic bag! I know shop staff offer me at least 10 on a daily basis!
Koh Tao Ocean Conservation
Living in a country as amazing as Thailand and lucky enough to be on one of its most beautiful islands, Koh Tao, the issue of waste management is a high priority. On Koh Tao we are lucky enough to have a passionate community who are dedicated to controlling the amount of waste that is produced and promoting the use of recyclable and non plastic packaging. For example, check out the Save Koh Tao organization. But unfortunately a small community can not change the effects of a society that has not come to terms with the severity of this issue. It takes every one of us throughout the world to do their part. Say no to plastic bags and straws. Insist on recyclable fast food containers. Do not buy products with excess packaging. Write to your local government about corporations that do not follow international standards on correct packaging procedures.
Do you really need that plastic item?
That little straw or bag that no one thought could do any damage when throwing it in the bin, or even worse on the ground. It may end up in our oceans and will look very tasty to our marine life. Please don’t let it be the straw that kills the next sea turtle. Or the bag that gets stuck in the next whale sharks’ stomach causing it to not be able to eat. For one little lapse in judgment could cause the end of a beautiful creatures life.
If you want to get involved and make a difference, speak to your local dive center. Maybe organize a dive site clean up. Involve your friends, customers and local businesses and start to make a difference.