An Ocean in Trouble…

During mornings here in Taiji, the most favourable sight to see when you round the corner toward Taiji harbour is of the banger boats tied up- with their banging poles firmly secured out of the water… That is what we were delighted in seeing this morning.

On days where the boats venture out and fail to locate a pod, we still feel a grim unease… the fact that the boats scoured the horizon for up to five hours without seeing a pod of dolphins is in itself an ominous sign.

Most people know that the oceans’ biodiversity and abundance is depleting… however many are oblivious as to the rate at which our oceans are being decimated by human interference, both direct and indirect. Not only are we destroying habitats and ecosystems through the direct means of slaughter, overfishing, vessel strikes and poaching- the number of animals which also perish through indirect means such as ‘ghost netting’, bycatch and pollution is incomprehensible.

In order to sustain a balanced diversity in our oceans, there must be equilibrium between the stages of the food chain in all ecosystems. To wipe out the majority of an entire part of the food chain is dooming the entire ecological unit. They are all as important as each other, as they form a balance… however- we are increasingly seeing an imbalance in the world’s oceans which is contributing to a potential collapse in many marine ecosystems worldwide. In some cases, this has already occurred.

The ‘apex predator’ (the top of the food chain), for example; sharks and cetaceans, form a critical role in the marine environment. However, due to the fact that there is a much lower species diversity of these animals in comparison to, say, the ‘medium sized prey’- e.g. some species of fish, this stage is under critical threat. To wipe out all the apex predators in an ecosystem, will quickly kill off everything that co-existed with them.

This is becoming a real threat to our ocean wildlife.

The rate at which humans are destroying the apex predators in our oceans is beyond unsustainable… One hundred million sharks are killed every year for their fins. So humans can eat them in their soup. And here we have people who are claiming to kill off thousands of dolphins, another very important apex predator, for ‘pest control’…

Something definitely does not add up there.

How can humans hide under the guise of ‘pest control’, when the numbers of dolphin populations now in comparison to hundreds of years ago have critically decreased… they claim that they are the reason that the fish stocks have been heavily diminished, without considering that humans may have had something to do with that problem too…

Thousands of years ago, when humankind was not around the seas to trawl and pollute, there was a balance in the oceans… it has only been in recent decades that the problems of overfishing and unsustainable slaughters have come to light, and attention is being brought to it. Some say it could be too late for the oceans… but the longer we go without creating a drastic change, the possibility of this statement becomes very real.

I have included this video in a blog a few months back, however, I feel it is important to address again. I came across this video in December, and its’ message still sticks with me today…

Overfishing from greenforum on Vimeo.

Please make your voice heard. Stand up and speak up against the destruction of the world’s oceans, before it is too late. When your children, or even grandchildren, look to you decades from now, asking why no-one tried to stop the demolition of the marine environment- will you be able to reply by saying that you tried as best as you could…?

If you want to stand up and help us end the slaughter: Please help us put pressure upon the Japanese government and embassys worldwide- let them know that you oppose the slaughter by calling and emailing. Also, please become involved in my ‘Youth Project’ and tell your friends! Or send me an email if you wish to get more involved…
To become a Cove Guardian, please email Libby at:
coveguardian@seashepherd.org

I have recently created a page on Twitter, to share my updates a little easier with you all. So please follow the page for more updates and photos during the day from here in Taiji…

Don’t forget to keep sending in your questions to pathtoprotect@hotmail.com for me to answer in my video blogs!

You can follow my videos here on this blogpage (which I will continue to update every day) as well as my Youtube Channel
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Thankyou everyone for your continued support, and positive feedback! We all really appreciate it!
On the path to protect,
Nicole.

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5 comments

  1. Thank you so much for this blog. I know most people are not listening and it is heartbreaking. I am currently taking a marine biology class just because I need to educate myself about the oceans and the life in them. I want to change what is happening. I want to help. I was shocked to learn that no one in the class knew what really is happening with our oceans – pollution, etc etc. I agree with you 200%. People need to start caring. Today is not soon enough. Yesterday is not soon enough. It is becoming too late for some species and we need to save and protect what is left. Thank you for caring and sharing. I am trying to help but sometimes I feel like I’m just talking to a wall.

  2. Isn’t there a contradiction between these two videos?

    The first one states, overfishing will result in masses of plankton and algae –> slime.

    The second one says, 2/3 of the planet’s air (i think oxygen is what is meant here) come from the oceans and there is a risk that the microorganisms producing this oxygen may vanish, if the amount of middle sized predators increases because of too few big predators… I think this was also one of “Sharkwater”‘s core statements.

    1. Hi Mike-
      Yes I noticed that too… I believe though that in the first video, they do briefly mention that due to the overgrowth of the bacteria and microorganisms (at first), the oceans will become oxygen-depleted, and thus will no longer be able to hold life within. Eventually, these micro-organisms will also become diminished…

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