As large corporations are responsible for huge oil spills that have damaged the oceans and brought irreversible consequences to many marine ecosystems, it seems like there needs to be stronger policies to protect the oceans.† Environmental groups do their best at adding pressure to the government in an attempt to let their voices be heard.† But more needs to be done.
The truth is that governments are placed to protect their people, to serve them, and to provide a peaceful place for us to live.† This, of course, means that the government is the entity in charge of protecting our natural resources, the oceans in this case.
What are some suggested ways in which the government should be protecting our oceans?† Let¥s discuss some of them:
Regulate usage of marine waters
This refers to passing on regulations regarding the use of marine waters for boating, diving, or snorkeling.† Too many people seem to lack a sense of preservation when it comes to using the waters for recreational activities since they leave a streak of pollution behind them.† Better policies represent better protection of marine life by irresponsible boat-travelers.
Pass on bills to prevent ocean pollution
All kinds of bills that prevent littering into the oceans are to be passed on.† There has been too many disastrous consequences of ocean littering.
Establish well-studied fishing seasons
Demand on sea food, fish, and other forms of marine life for culinary purposes mostly has greatly increased. †This means that the oceans are being rapidly depleted from marine life, with the consequence of altering the marine food web.† This brings serious consequences to the balance of the ecosystem within our oceans.† Not only are more marine fauna being caught but this hunting has become rather irrational, as the recent case of a hammerhead that was caught by a fisherman, killing her 34 babies in the process.
Protect endangered species
It is necessary for Government to protect endangered species that are not protected by law yet.† Especially since they are being depredated by fishermen with no regards for marine life.
Create governmental institutions to prevent and protect
The creation of governmental institutions to protect the ocean guarantees that trespassers will be punished with all the weight of the law.† NGOs across time have made their best efforts to protect the oceans in the measure of their possibilities.† However, governmental institution have the authority to better enforce protection policies.
Educate the population
This is probably the most important aspect to cover in order to protect our oceans.† Bills and laws can be passed on to protect the environment, but if the population is not educated on how they should manage themselves to better protect the oceans, it becomes futile work.† Therefore, there must be official mandates to provide education to our children through school systems on protection the oceans.
We all love the beach and going in adventures into the seas. But we also should be responsible in preserving these beautiful ecosystems. We want to always have a nice place to go and take a good snorkeling vacation, after all.