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Save the ocean!

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Rebecca Kittay

The ocean is a beautiful, vast environment filled with amazing creatures, plant life, and more than you can imagine.  The ocean formed millions of years ago and carried so much history within its waters. Unfortunately, people take advantage of the fact that because the ocean has been here so long it will continue to thrive no matter what we do to it. How are we negatively affecting the ocean and how can we save it? 

 

  1. Pollution is one of the biggest things affecting our oceans. People pollute the ocean is by tossing plastic and waste into the ocean. Some plastic waste is soda cans, plastic bags, and plastic bottles. It is estimated that up to 13 million metric tons of plastic are in the ocean each year. By doing this, this can cause the animals that thrive in the ocean to mistake plastic for food, consuming the plastic is extremely harmful to them and often leads to death. Switch to reusable alternatives, remember to throw away your trash, and recycle your plastic! 

 

       2. Conserve water, conserving water helps reduce the amount of wastewater that enters the ocean. Actions like shorter showers, fixing leaks, and using water-efficient appliances can make a big difference. 

 

       3. Overfishing is a serious problem that causes fisheries to catch too many fish, this disrupts the marine ecosystem causing animals to be thrown off the food chain. 90 percent of all large predatory fish – including tuna, sharks, swordfish, grouper cod, and halibut are gone. Support fisheries that follow responsible fishing practices. 

 

      4. Get involved in beach cleanups. Beach cleanups are a great way to contribute to keeping our coastlines and oceans clean. They increase awareness about pollution and educate individuals through action. Overall, beach cleanups are a worthy cause to bring people together to focus on the environment and learn ways to protect it.

 

     5. Chemical products like cleaning products can find their way into the ocean through drains and waterways. To help this issue, look for environmentally friendly products and remember to dispose of them chemically properly. 

 

These are only a few of the ocean’s problems, most we ourselves cannot control but doing a small act such as throwing away your trash or recycling can make such a big difference. 

Together we can make a positive impact and help save the ocean one step at a time! 

 

  


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Annika Billinger
Annika Billinger, Reporter
Hi! My name is Annika Billinger. I'm a senior and this is my very first year on The Bullseye. My interest in joining The Bullseye was my love for writing. I enjoy playing music and sports in my free time too. I'm a part of the West Boca band and am on the West Boca swim team. I love to travel. I've been to 10 countries. Some places my family and I have traveled to are Peru, China, Colombia, Paris, Sweden, and many more. When I'm older, I aspire to be a forensic psychologist.
Rebecca Kittay
Rebecca Kittay, Reporter
Hi! I'm Rebecca Kittay. This is my second year on the Bullseye and I am the Photography Editor.  I'm on the varsity girls golf team and in the culinary academy.  I am interested in photography and music so I’ll be planning on writing articles about these topics. I also will be taking pictures at many school events- especially the various sports games!
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