Sri Lanka too is unfortunately troubled by micro-plastics in their marine bodies. A survey conducted in 2018 by the National Aquatic Resources Agency has recorded that Sri Lanka’s fish stock has dropped by 80% due to the high level of micro-plastic accumulation in the ocean. The north western seas had the highest level of micro-plastic accumulation while the Eastern coast was still rich in marine life due to less plastic use. The Eastern coast has been identified as a region for conservation.
Our prompt actions can help in conserving the oceans. These listed 7 steps would be a good start towards conservation.
- Minimising the use of single use plastics – By moving towards alternatives for plastics in daily use, the single use plastics reaching trash can be minimised.
- Effective recycling – The plastic waste should be recycled efficiently so that it will not reach the oceans.
- Volunteer for beach clean-ups – coastal clean ups would prevent plastics on the shores reaching the ocean and polluting it. Volunteering to clean up would be a good move.
- Supporting bans: Show grass root resistance towards plastic usage and support bans which encourage it.
- Avoiding the use of microbeads: Small plastics or microbeads are present in many cosmetic products like face scrubs. Show support by boycotting such products.
- Spreading awareness: Let your friends and family know about the adverse effects of plastic usage which cause pollution and the impact ocean pollution can have on our future.
- Support NGO’s which address the issues of plastic pollution – Donating even a small amount to support NGO’s which address ocean pollution would go a long way. These NGO’s help address the issues on ocean pollution.
We require a lot of commitment from our end to stop the long struggle of ocean pollution.