DARK SIDE of the OCEAN
The Destruction of Our Seas, Why It Matters, and What We Can Do About It
Our ocean face levels of devastation previously unknown in human history due to pollution, overfishing, and damage to delicate aquatic ecosystems affected by global warming. Ocean biodiversity is being decimated on par with the fastest rates of rain forest destruction. More than 80 percent of pollutants in the ocean come from sewage and other land-based runoff (some of it radioactive). The rest is created by waste dumped by commercial and recreational vessels. In many areas and for many fish stocks, there is no conservation or management measures existing or even planned.
Climate author Albert Bates explains how ocean life maintains adequate oxygen levels, prevents erosion from storms, and sustains a vital food source that factory-fishing operations cannot match. He also helps readers to understand why it matters whether we live near the ocean or not. On a positive note Bates presents organizations involved with solutions for changing the human impact on marine reserves, improving ocean permaculture, and putting the brakes on the ocean heat waves that destroy sea life and imperil human habitation at the ocean's edge.
The Dark Side of the Ocean conveys a deep appreciation for the fragile nature of the ocean’s majesty and compels us to act now to preserve it. Learn what you can do to make a difference.
“This meticulously researched book underscores what I have been teaching for decades. If the Ocean dies, we all die! The ecological insanity of humanity is undermining diversity and interdependence as we steal the carrying capacity from every other species in the sea. The choice is simple, we correct our behavior or we die. Albert Bates illustrates the imperative need to act now before it’s too late.” Captain Paul Watson, founder, Sea Shepherd Conservation Society
"We are killing the oceans everywhere: from vanishing ice caps, polar bears, seals, whales, walruses, coral reefs, mangroves, kelp beds, and fisheries to ancient deep-sea reefs pulverized by trawlers and remote atolls uninhabitable due to nuclear bomb radiation. This enlightening book plunges in beneath the surface to show how humanity’s long-term survival depends on healthy seas, and how we can help get there by regenerating marine ecosystems to naturally reverse climate change and halting the tsunami of lethal plastic garbage fouling the waters." Thomas J. F. Goreau, PhD, President, Global Coral Reef Alliance