Trash Island: Pacific Ocean

When you think of an ocean, fantasy takes you the beautiful beaches that are surrounding the area. Sandy beaches with cool palm trees where one can rest and watch the ocean currents while on a vacation. Most people will conduct games such as beach football and runs around such places.

this is a picture of pacific ocean trash island

The Pacific Ocean, being the largest Ocean in the world has breath taking beaches. Cities such as California and San Diego enjoy these coastlines. Also, major cargo and passengers ships use the Pacific Ocean every time. Despite all the positive uses the ocean has, it’s badly polluted. Where does all this trash come from?

Major Users of Pacific Contribute Trash

Imagine you get into a relationship with a person who finally ends up harming you? This can be sickening! The Pacific Ocean has done great to the people around it. The passengers use it to connect to destinations in ships. The beach lovers flock the coastlines every other time so as to enjoy themselves. The question remains, is it that they cannot control themselves from throwing the trash in the beaches? 

The cargo ships contribute a lot of the trash either intentionally or accidentally. There are ships which have been known for dumping unwanted cargo in the Ocean so as to avoid the cost involved in the right way of dumping such trash. The ships that are involved in an accident are unable to save the goods which also end up in the Pacific Ocean as trash. In our everyday lives, we too contribute to this trash in the Pacific.

Many of our drains where I live on the west coast will lead to streams, rivers, which will eventually flow to the ocean. A local concrete contractor was working on my house and he started cleaning up all the concrete chunks from the gutter. I asked him why he was doing this and he told me he always felt that it was dirty to keep our sewers and streams as clean as possible, claiming the butterfly effect as his reason. 

The Nature Contributes Trash Too

The strong currents in the Pacific Ocean often hit the coastlines of the countries such as Japan, United States, and Mexico and return trash in the Ocean. It’s not possible to discipline the currents but the countries surrounding the Pacific Ocean should be informed manage their waste properly.

Strict Laws and regulations measures should be put in place to stop the reckless dumping of trash in coastlines.  Pacific Ocean today, is known to have the largest amount of trash which extends to millions of kilometers in the ocean. The trash also emits some gas that is harmful to the environment.

This picture shows pacific ocean trash island

Effect of the Trash to Marine Life

All water bodies contain biodiversity which contributes to the natural balance of the species they contain. Fish and other plants in water such as the algae are major contributors to the food chain the water bodies.

The Pacific Ocean has a lot of fish that feed the people in different countries. Most of the buyers have then noticed that most of the fish from the Pacific Ocean have small debris of plastic materials in their stomach which is a big indication of the level of pollution.

When marine life gets affected and extinct, the water body is then referred to as dead! The known effects of such a situation are that the water starts to stink and the beaches are no longer the paradise they were. In this case, why don’t we treat the Pacific Ocean right and stop polluting it?

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