Saving Our Seas in 2017
In case you haven’t heard, the world’s oceans are in crisis.
This isn’t just any crisis, it is one we could have avoided, which means it is even more vital that we solve it now!
Today, it is estimated that approximately 5,000,000,000,00 (yes, trillion) pieces of plastic litter our oceans. Everything from plastic bags, to fishing wire, and straws. Not only has this created a massive problem regarding the health of our oceans and water quality but it has also created a tremendous threat to the animals that inhabit it.
In 2016 alone SeaWorld took part in aiding in the rescue of 2,137 animals. These animals suffered from ingestion, entanglement, and even habitat destruction due to marine debris. Due to human negligence.
But there are solutions.
The Save Our Seas Act of 2017 is the biggest.
Right now, the US Senate and House of Representatives are voting to pass this piece legislation, proposed to combat our marine debris crisis.
There are 3 areas of the Save Our Seas Act you should know about:
- Empowering the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) to launch emergency responses to severe debris events
- Reauthorizing the NOAA’s Marine Debris program
- Pushing for an international treaty to mitigate and prevent ocean pollution around the world
While solutions like recycling may seems obvious and commonplace, we must continue to advocate. We must continue to be environmentally conscious, to promote legislation to protect wildlife and the places they inhabit, and we must continue to fight for ocean conservation. If we don’t this marine debris crisis may transition into a tragedy.
SeaWorld is proud to be a part of this fight. Beyond rescues and rehabilitations, SeaWorld has dedicated over $10 million to more than 500 projects across the globe supporting species research, habitat protection, and conservation education. Last year alone, SeaWorld and the Hubbs-SeaWorld Research Institute partnered with the Oceans Caucus Foundation, the Marine Mammal Commission, the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation, and the Lonely Whale Foundation to educate and lobby Congress about the far-reaching and lasting effects of marine debris on ocean life, as well as how government, non-governmental organizations, and private firms can all contribute to a solution. But it doesn’t just stop with SeaWorld. Everyone; students, parents, governments and corporations; we must all band together to be conscious of our actions and how they may affect the environment as well as advocating for legislation like the Save Our Seas Act.