Oceans in Crisis

analytical Essay
1833 words
1833 words

Oceans are such so vast that people underestimate the impact their actions —seeming so insignificant— have on them. Humans have by and large taken the oceans for granted; not considering how important a healthy ocean is to our survival. A popular mind-set is that the oceans are a bottomless supply of fish, natural resources, and an infinite waste dump. There are myriad reasons why the oceans should be saved and the most obvious one is marine life. With 71% of the Earth being covered by water, it is obvious that sea creatures are predominant form of life, making up 80% of the species of life on Earth. However, as important as marine life is, that is not the only reason why saving the oceans is crucial. The ocean floor provides natural resources such as, oil, natural gas, petroleum, minerals, medications, and ingredients for foods and products. The economic benefits of the oceans are huge and significant, as well. Fishing and fish products have provided employment to 38 million people and have generated about $124 billion in economic benefits. However, oceans are on the verge of crisis, marine life, natural resources, transportation, the economy, and important ingredients are at risk due to overfishing, pollution, and acidification. Thus, in this essay I will argue that, oceans are not impervious to human activity and threatening the health of the ocean threatens the health of humanity, since oceans key to our survival.

Overfishing is the most major problem related to oceans, but it is also the most overlooked. Fishing has been going on for thousands of years, and fish have always been seen as a renewable resource, that would replenish itself forever for our benefit. But around the world there is evidence that fish are not recove...

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In this essay, the author

  • Argues that oceans are not impervious to human activity and threatening the health of humanity.
  • Explains that 80% of marine pollution comes from land-based sources. the ocean reprocesses nitrogen compounds into nitrous oxide, which is 300 times more powerful than carbon dioxide.
  • Narrates clover's book, the end of the line: how overfishing is changing the world and what we do.
  • Argues that overfishing is the most major problem related to oceans, but it's also overlooked. in his book the end of the line, charles clover points out that large species of fish have declined by 90 percent over 50 years.
  • Argues that agriculture is the leading threat to water quality in the united states.
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