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One world, one ocean

June 8th, 2012

Everyone, whether you live close to the coastline or not, is affected by the ocean.

Did you know that 90 percent of the big fish are gone? Tuna, swordfish, halibut, cod and flounder populations have been devastated by overfishing, according to One World One Ocean. There are also 405 reported ocean "dead zones" which have little to no oxygen due to nitrogen pollution.

Around the world, discarded plastic bags and other litter have created a toxic "plastic soup" in five massive ocean gyres. The one closest to Hawaii (between Hawaii and California) is the North Pacific Gyre, better known as the "Great Pacific Garbage Patch."

Today is World Oceans Day. Check out this video by One World One Ocean. The non-profit group today offers "The Ocean We Want to Know," telling of Ferdie and Mitzi's round the world adventure, from Yosemite to the Mariana Trench to the Sargasso Sea. They share that the tallest mountain in the world, measured from seafloor to summit, is not Mount Everest — it's Mauna Kea.

You can get involved by helping to steward your coastline and reducing your use of plastic, wherever you live. Kudos to the folks who went out and cleaned up the coastline today.

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