Make you Fink on Friday


We have to stop sweeping the inconvenient under the carpet; we have been doing it for too long.

The world’s population has been growing at exponential rates, but this is not only confined to the population. Other things have been growing likewise. Shipping for example, there are more passenger and cruise liners than ever before, there are more fishing vessels, there are more container ships and more pleasure craft.

Maritime pollution is also growing faster than ever before.

We don’t see this the same as on land, because most of us don’t sail, but it is there and it is endangering marine life and the food chain which ultimately ends up on our tables.

What happens to all the trash from these boats?

A lot of it gets dumped in the sea.

The worst example is the Pacific Gyre, a vortex of ocean currents that has created the world’s largest marine trash heap. But it’s not the only gyre in the world, there are five such areas.

The Pacific Gyre, 90% of this trash has been dumped by boats – image: feedlol

The problem will only get worse unless a stand is taken.

Maritime laws must change. If a ship takes so much product on board, then it can be calculated within reason how much trash this product will generate. If a ship returns to port and can’t produce the estimated trash, then it is obvious that the trash has gone somewhere. Ports and boats need to maintain product in/trash out schedules or registers.

Not only trash, but fishing nets and tackle, should all have to be accounted for.

All ships must be made to account for their trash

This idea has to be an international effort, obviously a ship doesn’t necessarily off-load its trash at the port of departure, but it must be able to prove where the trash went, or the ship/company should be fined, and fined heavily; not just a smack across the wrist.

The money from these fines would be used in international efforts to clean up the crap we have already dumped in the sea.

But humanity must get off it’s sanctimonious derriere and be held responsible. Remember, once we have plundered the land to the point where it won’t produce food anymore, the sea is our last resort… if it’s still viable.

5 responses to this post.

  1. it’s global treason that this isn’t already being done! i was completely unaware. cruises make me queasy and the current Carnival situation isn’t helping the situation. Heavy fines for sure.



    • >shiborigirl, there is so much happening in this world that many people don’t know about, one of the many reasons I have this blog. Carnival here in Rio usually attracts 4, 5 or 6 cruise ships every year.




  2. Posted by Alex Jones on February 15, 2013 at 8:23 pm

    The problem here in Colchester UK is we have a small army of litter wardens capable with the power to issue instant fines to litter bugs. The prosecutions are low because it is hard to prove litter is connected to an individual. This problem is harder for ocean shipping, how can one prove a particular ship has dumped an individual found piece of rubbish? Who owns the seas? Who gets to prosecute and collect the fines?



    • >Alex, the difficulty you mention is exactly why I never mentioned it. Rather I was concerned with what the ship departed with and then returned with. If they don’t tally, and they can’t show on their ‘register’ where the trash was off-loaded, then it is obvious they dumped it. Proof enough. The ships would be policed by their port of registration. Fines collected would be administered by an international body responsible for clean-ups. Maritime law already exists, this would basically be an extension.

      If we don’t do it, we just get deeper in the shit until we’re extinct.




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