According to a recent study conducted by National Geographic, there are 2.5 trillion pieces of plastic debris in our oceans today. Of that mass, 269,000 tons float on top of the ocean and 4 billion plastic microfibers per square kilometer litter the deep sea. A field of flotsam, consisting of 90 percent plastic, floats across the Pacific Ocean from California to Hawaii and on to Japan, and it stretches over a distance of 500 nautical miles. A CBS news report predicts that the world’s oceans could be empty of fish by 2046. Already a large number of edible fish and seafood species have declined by 90 percent.
The sad truth is that our oceans are dying.
Can we do anything?
The answer is yes; it is not too late.
We can save the ocean by reclaiming one coastal zone at a time. Here on the Central Coast we can do our part by supporting the Chumash National Marine Sanctuary (chumashsanctuary.com). It is in the approval process with National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), but we need your support now. Please contact Congresswoman Lois Capps, 546-8348; Sen. Dianne Feinstein, (559) 224-3842; and Sen. Barbara Boxer, (559) 497-5109, to voice your support. Do it on behalf of our children and grandchildren.
-- Frank DePasquale - Cambria