COASTAL MARINE POLLUTION
WHO IT EFFECTS
While much of the open ocean is filled with plastics so are marinas, ports and harbors around the world.
Most importantly the pollution in these areas is not limited to plastics. Many marinas face mass marine die outs, harmful algae blooms, and pesky natural pollutants.
All along the west and gulf coast marinas, ports, and harbors are plagued with marine debris and have no efficient solutions.
Oxygen levels in nearshore waterways around the world are dropping like never before. This has some dangerous side effects:
large fish die outs
reduced water quality
reduced botanicals like seagrass
Unfortunately when these die out events happen it causes masses of fish to wash up in marinas, beaches, and waterways everywhere.
Agricultural runoff is a direct result of pesticides, and other agricultural
algal blooms that kill fish
reduce water quality
reduce oxygen levels in the water
The only way to resolve this issue is to remove the harmful waste from the water.
Plastic pollution doesn't only dwell out in the middle of the oceans. Much of what reaches the oceans starts in inland waterways. Different weather patterns and currents can easily cause mass amounts of plastic pollutants and natural debris to enter:
This debris is costly, resulting in fines, property damage, and global contributions to open ocean plastic waste.