Oceanic Pollution : A Major Issue Within The Modern Study Of Marine Biology

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Oceanic plastic pollution is a major issue within the modern study of marine biology. The main focus of many studies about oceanic pollution are within the Pacific Ocean. The Pacific Ocean holds much of the plastic pollution due to its location near costal countries along with being the main transportation for many exported goods. This topic has sparked interest because of the rapid growth of this problem will affect many within one’s life time along with changing oceanic life. Oceanic plastic pollution is complex and in order to help prevent and fix this pollution education is the key.
Oceanic pollution has many elements that define it and varies sources contribute this problem. Complexity of this type of pollution can best be defined by The National Research Council within their research Tackling Marine Debris in the 21st Century:
“[P]ollution of the marine environment means the introduction by man, directly or indirectly, of substances or energy into the marine environment, including estuaries, which results or is likely to result in such deleterious effects as harm to living resources and marine life, hazards to human health, hindrance to marine activities, including fishing and other legitimate uses of the sea, impairment of quality for use of sea water and reduction of amenities.”
This definition states that humans are the major contributors of oceanic pollution whether aware or not aware. Human are the main contributors by many of the daily tasks one does along with…
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