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      Environmental issues

     Ocean Guardian faces 

                   The future of the planet's  is in our hands

Oil from tankers who run aground, off shore drilling and oil spills throughout the world is having a huge effect on life on land and in the oceans. (A) Here we see an oil slick on the top of the water that runs for many miles. (B) An oil tanker that ran aground. (C) An oil rig / platform during operations at sea. We also have a bird covered in oil which with out help will die. 

Blackened wastewater flows from a drainpipe into the ocean. Surveys of ocean water find staggering amounts of human sewage, domestic wastewater, factory outflow, farm chemical runoff, oil spills, and nuclear waste from power plants. Ref: National geographic

oceanic noise carries its own problem for marine mammals which causes Rising noise levels can negatively impact ocean animals and ecosystems. The higher the noise levels can effect the animals ability to communicate with other group members, offspring, and or  partners. Noise can also inhibit an ocean animal's ability to get proper environmental feed back that is vital for survival, his issues can cause beaching and the death of many mammals. 

Most of our waste today is comprised of plastic. Plastic, which is made from petroleum, is a material that the Earth cannot digest. Every bit of plastic that has ever been created still exists, except for a small amount that has been incinerated which in turn releases toxic chemicals. In the ocean, plastic waste accumulates in swirling seas of debris, where plastic to sea life ratios are 6:1.  Birds and mammals are dying of starvation and dehydration with bellies full of plastics, fish are ingesting toxins at such a rate that soon they will no longer be safe to eat. The largest of these garbage swills is known as the Pacific Gyre, or The Great Garbage Patch. It is roughly the size of Texas, containing approximately 3.5 million tons of trash. Shoes, toys, bags, pacifiers, wrappers, toothbrushes, and bottles too numerous to count.  These are only a small sample of what can be found in this accidental dump floating midway between Hawaii and San Francisco.

OCEAN GUARDIAN is at the forefront of the fight worldwide to protect the oceans and water ways. Why is this important? It is about saving life not only in the oceans, rivers, and streams but life on land as well. We have to remember that what happens to these water ways comes back to every human being in every city, around the world

Illegal fishing or "oceanic poaching" takes place when vessels or harvesters willfully operate in violation of the laws of a fishery. Unreported fishing is fishing that is being unreported or misreported to the relevant national authority in contravention of applicable laws and regulations. This fishing is done where the "Bycatch" sharks, whales, dolphins are killed illegally sold or thrown back into the ocean and the fish that are being  harvested are kept not giving an accurate count of the possibly endangered marine life that is killed.