These nonprofits are committed to conserving the Earth’s vast oceans
Recently, a Filipino ocean microbiologist and an American explorer dove deep into the third deepest place on Earth – the Philippine Trench. To their horror, instead of finding macabre ocean creatures, they found plastics.
In fact, after a freighter caught fire and sank in the Indian Ocean near Sri Lanka, authorities are reflecting on the damage that will be done to the marine ecosystem, including oil spills and plastic pellets, from the ship. .
These are just a few examples from the recent past that highlight how human activities, including the dumping of waste, chemicals and plastics, damage the various and rich marine ecosystem.
however, marine biologists, ecologists and ecologists, with the help of marine engineers and other experts, are doing their best to create an impact.
They install floating trash barriers, trash interceptors and other technologies that can prevent trash from entering the sea every day.
Before World Oceans Day, Social history identified some of the ocean clean-up projects that are raising awareness conservation of the oceans and restoration of its biodiversity.
Bay of Life Foundation
Beach cleaning by Bay of Life
Bay of Life Surf School and Ocean Literacy were launched in 2011 by Showkath Jamal. While activities such as cleaning beaches and saving marine life, including turtles, have now become popular, Showkath and his team have been doing so for over a decade.
Located on Kovalam Beach, Chennai, Bay of Life Surf School aims to generate interest in sustainable ocean sports and activities. While the school is an important part of the organization, it also conducts marine social actions, including beach and ocean clean-up, through the Bay of Life Foundation.
Some of the main activities of the foundation include analyzing beach waste, cleaning the beach, and free surf lessons for people who clean up. five kilos of trash from the beach. The team removed more than 24,000 kg of trash from the ocean and beaches.
Cleaning the ocean
Founded in 2013 by Latte Boyan – an inventor-entrepreneur – The Ocean Cleanup is a non-profit organization based in the Netherlands.
The association has developed technology similar to floating waste barriers, to extract plastic from the oceans and intercept it in rivers before it can reach it. He is also conducting ocean-specific scientific research to understand the levels of plastic pollution in these bodies of water.
In 2019, the organization announced a new initiative called the Interceptor, which tackles this pollution problem closer to the source, preventing about 80 percent of river waste from entering the ocean.
Based in the United States Océane is a non-profit organization founded in 2001 by a group of leading companies, whose Rockefeller Foundation, focusing on ocean conservation.
Oceana does this by influencing a specific policy at the national level to restore the world’s oceans by conducting research and provide policy recommendations.
The organization has also taken over other organizations like The Oceans Law Project by The Pew Charitable Trusts and the American Ocean Campaign by actor and environmentalist Ted Danson.
Some of the notable victories of his hard-hitting projects include rescuing dark sharks, establishing a marine national park in Spain – the second largest in the country.
The High Seas Alliance
the Alliance for the High Seas (HSA) is a coalition of more than 40 NGOs and the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN). It aims to focus on the conservation of the “high seas”. The high seas are an open ocean that is not ruled by any country.
The team works together and engages the public, experts and decision-makers to support and strengthen the high seas governance.
Although there are no binding conditions and rules for the establishment of protected areas on the high seas, these regions are seriously impacted by pollution.
The HSA strives to raise awareness of the same while ensuring that effective conservation measures are being taken to address these gaps in ocean conservation.