How beach pollution harms marine life

How beach pollution harms marine life

With more people visiting South Africa's beaches in summer, this comes with an increased amount of litter left on the beach. This, in turn, harms marine life and causes a massive environmental impact.
Image source: Gallo/Getty

Image source: Gallo/Getty

 

According to the Two Oceans Aquarium, there are more than 51 trillion pieces of microplastic in our oceans. Plastic pollution comes in many forms with straws, plastic bottles and plastic packaging being some of the many things that people leave behind after a visit to the beach. Many of those who fish also leave behind discarded gear that end up in the ocean. Here’s how this pollution affects our oceans:

  • Marine life mistake it for food: In December 2018, the Two Oceans Aquarium rescued a green sea turtle and had to remove a plastic bag from its throat.
  • Animals get tangled up in the debris: Abandoned fishing gear is known as “ghost gear” and suffocate and kill marine life, this according to World Animal Protection. The organisation claims that a whale trapped in ghost gear will suffer, suffocate and starve for up to six months before eventual death.
  • Coral reefs are dying: According to the United Nations Environment Programme, over 50% of the world’s coral have been lost due to a number of reasons including plastic pollution, which is currently smothering over 90% of the coral in the ocean.

Pieter Twine, general manager of MySchool MyVillage MyPlanet, is passionate about the environment and believes that everyone can do their part in helping to conserve the ocean and all that live within it.

“Over the years, working at MySchool MyVillage MyPlanet, I have been able to see how important an organisation such as the Two Oceans Aquarium Education Foundation is when it comes to protecting our oceans,” says Twine. “This organisation as well as others such as SANCCOB go to great lengths to ensure that our marine life is well taken care of and that the public are constantly informed and updated on how they can do their part to ensure that we reduce pollution and keep our sea creatures from harm.”

To become a supporter of organisations such as the Two Oceans Aquarium Education Foundation and SANCCOB, sign up for free as a MySchool MyVillage MyPlanet supporter at www.myschool.co.za.

Latest Articles

On-Site And Remote: The Best-Of-Both-Worlds

08/05/2020

Companies around the globe have had to adopt remote working in a short minute. Some have thrived and will clearly not revert to the office model, with the likes of Twitter, Quora, and Slack all indicating that they will either be fully remote or remote-first for the foreseeable future. Others, however, have struggled with the transition and are hankering…

Read More

An ambitious township delivery service is booming – it delivers thousands of fresh food orders a day

08/05/2020

  Yebo Fresh, a tech-driven food delivery company catering exclusively to Cape Town townships, has expanded rapidly under lockdown. The two-year-old company that started in a Hout Bay garage now occupies a massive warehouse and is delivering thousands of grocery items and hampers into nine Western Cape townships. The demand for Yebo Fresh’s service is…

Read More

Recognising the surprise PE investment potential in southern Africa

08/03/2020

  By Martin Soderberg, partner at SPEAR Capital. An event of historic significance passed largely unnoticed in the world’s media recently, yet it’s significance is huge in terms of setting the tone for a new trend in Africa. This is a continent stereotyped by antiquated perceptions of a continent in conflict, or countries beset by corruption and…

Read More

On-Site And Remote: The Best-Of-Both-Worlds

08/05/2020

Companies around the globe have had to adopt remote working in a short minute. Some have thrived and will clearly not revert to the office model, with the likes of Twitter, Quora, and Slack all indicating that they will either be fully remote or remote-first for the foreseeable future. Others, however, have struggled with the transition and are hankering…

Read More

An ambitious township delivery service is booming – it delivers thousands of fresh food orders a day

08/05/2020

  Yebo Fresh, a tech-driven food delivery company catering exclusively to Cape Town townships, has expanded rapidly under lockdown. The two-year-old company that started in a Hout Bay garage now occupies a massive warehouse and is delivering thousands of grocery items and hampers into nine Western Cape townships. The demand for Yebo Fresh’s service is…

Read More

Recognising the surprise PE investment potential in southern Africa

08/03/2020

  By Martin Soderberg, partner at SPEAR Capital. An event of historic significance passed largely unnoticed in the world’s media recently, yet it’s significance is huge in terms of setting the tone for a new trend in Africa. This is a continent stereotyped by antiquated perceptions of a continent in conflict, or countries beset by corruption and…

Read More

African PR agency opens London office

07/28/2020

  African PR and marketing agency Irvine Partners has expanded to the UK to serve growing client demand for a London presence. The independent agency, which has 50 staff at offices in South Africa, Kenya and Nigeria, serves local and multinationals in industries including technology, real estate, tourism, cannabis and financial services. It was set…

Read More