In today's time the knowledge about
the oceans fills complete libraries. Nevertheless we researched so far only
a small part of all the secrets of our oceans. Only one thing is already clear:
The oceans determine the destiny of our planet.
Each year up to 39 million tons of bycatch are thrown back from fishing vessels
into the sea dead and unused (including 300'000 whales and dolphins as well
as more than 340'000 seals). Bycatch is inedible or too little fish as well
as turtles, sharks, seabirds, seals, whales and dolphins, which all have to
die painfully in fishing nets besides the wanted catch.
The ratio between wanted fish and bycatch is often totally absurd. For 1 ton
of sole about 11 tons bycatch has to die and for 1 ton of shrimp up to 14 tons
of bycatch get killed. We need a new ethic and awareness for our underwater
world. To stop the consumption of endangered species like sailfish, tuna or
shrimp are just a few examples of what we have to do.
According to Yaqu Pacha and the World Association
of Zoos and Aquariums by the year 2048 the life
in our oceans will be close to a total breakdown
due to overfishing, killed bycatch and the chemicals
that get led into the sea. More than three-quarters
of the worldwide fish and seafood population are
already fully overfished and exploited.
All this facts are
nothing new but often suppressed or bent into shape by the governments or their
responsible institutions for their own purposes.
The oceans are one of the most fragile and certainly one of the most important
ecological systems on the planet. The oceans regulate the climate and produce
the oxygen for the air that we breathe. Approximately 70% of the oxygen needed
for life are produced by only two kinds of algae which are living in the oceans.
If we destroy the oceans we destroy also the life on land. From the water came
and comes the life, everything depends on water.
No species on this planet would have ever survived by ignoring the basic laws
of ecology. And now we are breaking these laws every day in different ways.
That can be our own demise in a very short period of the time unless we learn
to live harmonious with the environment.
There is no hope that the mass of people will do anything. They never have they
never will. All the social changes come from the passionate commitment of individuals
or small groups. Slavery was not ended by any government or any institution.
Women got the right to vote not because of any government. There are always
individuals or groups that passionately stand up and oppose and so cause a change.