Need to Conserve Endangered Marine Species
I was about 8 when I read a children’s book – ‘Island of the Blue Dolphins’ by Scott O’Dell – which made me get interested in dolphins. There are other tales and legends of the dolphins that I read about later, and the more I learnt about these magnificent creatures, the more interested I became in them. In deed these are intelligent creatures as can be seen from their great variety of free jumps, different exercises & tests and most importantly the relationship that they have with humankind which is very tight.
As I grew up, I got interested in marine animals in general. The interest in dolphins made me realize of other fascinating marine creatures and fell in love with them: the whales, the turtles, the sea lions.. you name them.
Throughout college, I’d visit several sanctuaries which kept these animals and it was during these numerous visits that I realized that most of the sea creatures were endangered. According to the notes that I took while one these visits, I realized that a lot has to be done if at all out posterity will be at a position to ever see most of the endangered marine species.
Saving Marine Creatures from Extinction
There are several marine animals that face complete extinction today, mostly as a result of human activities. Creatures such as the Hawaiian Monk Seal, Whales (Blue & Right), Sea Turtles, The Vaquita, Cape Penguin, hector’s Dolphins, Manatees, Loggerhead Turtles, Humphead Wrasse, etc. The survival of these creatures has been highly threatened and there are high concerns on how to conserve these animals so that they would be wiped completely from the face of our oceans.
There are several organizations which have cropped up to address the issues of conserving these animals, but I usually feel as if a lot is being left out to ensure that their existence is secure. Although I love visiting Nature Park to see these aquatic creatures as they are taken care of to prevent human activities that may threaten their survival, I usually have this feeling that these aquatic creatures don’t belong in these aquariums. They belong out there in the wild waters where they can roam freely and relate with their ecosystem.
I’m not saying that the conservation efforts being carried out are a sham, but rather there are several measures which need to be undertaken to reduce the threat that they face out there in the oceans. This is not particularly to only the animals that I listed above, but also to other aquatic creatures which may become endangered if human interference is not addressed. There are several ways through which such interference may be addressed.
Creating Awareness on the Need to be Responsible
I know that sea food is great; I really love sea food personally. However, there is need to create awareness about the diminishing number of certain creatures and to carry out appropriate programs which will educate people on the need to preserve these creatures. It’s kind of discouraging people not to fish the creatures. Humankind is not that very ignorant that such awareness programs will fall on deaf ears.
Increased Knowledge of Ocean Contaminant
The survival of marine animals is greatly threatened by pollutant and contaminant in their ecosystem. There is a lot of chemical dumping from industries which finds its way into the seas and other water bodies thus polluting the ecosystem of marine creatures. There is need to enact polices that govern the disposal of chemicals and other pollutants so that they don’t spoil water bodies. That said, people also need be educated on being responsible by not polluting water bodies.
Implement Recovery and Management Plans for Endangered Species
Aquariums and other sanctuaries that have sea creatures should just keep them in order to get a dime from tourists. There is need to implement recovery activities that will see to it that these animals are able to multiply in numbers. The recovery activities should be accompanied by management programmes which ensure that their existence of a particular species is guaranteed.
The programmes should be adhered too with several follow ups so that the priority of the species survival is high.
Address Issues of Climate Change
Global warming is one gigantic monster which has threatened several species of marine animals. There is need for nations, especially the most industrial ones to embrace green technology so that global warming can be reduced.
Such nations should come together and foster a plan to reduce green house emissions so as to reduce climate changes which pose a big threat to marine animals.