World Ocean Day

June 8th, 2018 | by Annie
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Today is officially World Ocean Day!

We’re lucky to live in California where the weather is unusual compared to the rest of the country.

It’s been said that Southern California has a Mediterranean climate. We have what’s known as a temperate climate with low to no humidity.  Yes we enjoy our ocean on and in the water but we also understand the importance of keeping our ocean and runoff leading to the ocean as clean as possible.  This being World Ocean Day we need to be especially focused on maintaining a balance between what we currently need as humans and preserving for future generations. I say this as I’m carefully nursing a strawberry margarita on a roof deck overlooking the Pacific. Please…stay with me here as I euphemistically wax on here!

In the 19th century it used to be that logging barons would chop down acres of trees and knew enough to replant adjacent acreage so there was an equitable solution where they could always count on future, sustainable timber supplies. Today the care and feeding of our oceans isn’t happening in that once an area of the ocean has been over fished by commercial fisheries simply moving to another area but they’re not replenishing the body of ocean where they have overfished. In fact it has been reported that about 30% of the ocean has experienced overfishing. This tips the balance for both ocean life as well as impacting the social and livelihood of people who live in these areas nearest where the fishing takes place.  The top predators like tuna and grouper  cannot keep up with modern fishing methodologies and essentially disappear for long periods of time and end up breeding strength in smaller size fish species like sardines and anchovies.

All of us have heard about schools, restaurants and fast food outlets returning to the paper straw of a bygone era.  Replacing plastic straws may be an inconvenience but we all recognize there is a major problem with plastic and other pollutants making their way into our oceans and negatively impacting marine life. This is something nations across this globe are interested in tackling and the straw rather than typically being the “last” could actually become the start of something quite big.

Remember World Ocean Day as something we should all be proud of both young and old because no matter where you live, where you are from we all tied to the fragile ocean which covers 70% of the earth.

President John Fitzgerald Kennedy:

“I really don’t know why it is that all of us are so committed to the sea, except I think it’s because in addition to the fact that the sea changes, and the light changes, and ships change, it’s because we all came from the sea. And it is an interesting biological fact that all of us have in our veins the exact same percentage of salt in our blood that exists in the ocean, and, therefore, we have salt in our blood, in our sweat, in our tears. We are tied to the ocean. And when we go back to the sea – whether it is to sail or to watch it – we are going back from whence we came.”

Jacques Cousteau:

“The sea, the great unifier, is man’s only hope. Now, as never before, the old phrase has a literal meaning: we are all in the same boat.”

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