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More Plastic in the Ocean than Fish?

Uploaded: Jul 31, 2017
What if the ocean had more plastic than fish?

It's a question being posed by scientists and the Monterey Bay Aquarium. They report that plastic is found "in almost every aquatic habitat on Earth—including the ocean, lakes and rivers—and it impacts over half of all marine mammals. From water bottles and plastic bags to straws and coffee cups, the plastic problem is literally in our hands—and we have the power to make positive change."

The majority of throw-away plastics used by Americans comes from our food and grocery store choices. In response, Monterey Bay Aquarium has joined 18 other aquariums across the country to launch a new campaign called In Our Hands, an effort to educate, reduce single-use plastics, and choose alternatives.

Please check out the website and learn simple actions to reduce your plastic use.

Thank you from the sea.

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Posted by the_punnisher, a resident of Mountain View,
on Aug 2, 2017 at 4:20 pm

the_punnisher is a registered user.

The Japanese Atomic Power Plant disasters are raising the radiation levels in the ocean.The Humboldt Current carries this radiation to our West Coast. This is far more hazardous then the square miles of plastic garbage at this time. We also have several other issues we need to worry about.

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Posted by Thread from the PV Forum, a resident of Portola Valley: other,
on Aug 2, 2017 at 8:36 pm

Has anybody else noticed this? Tonight there were no prices on most of the meat and fish at Roberts Market. I bought wild salmon and it was charged at $35.98/pound. I've never, even at Roberts, paid close to that. Is this a new reality?


agreed--we have been paying no less than $26 a pound and as supplies dwindle--prices go up


On Wednesday, August 2, 2017, 7:31:26 AM

Don't know about the meat, but fish has been going up steadily as we catch the last fish.


Yes, it's the new reality, subject to some swings in price. The wild salmon is coming from Washington right now. It's been a poor season for salmon and more is going to China. Be thankful for the Alaskan fish management department, as they are doing superb work in regulating the industry. Fortunately, the Pebble Mine project was killed as it would have destroyed the Bristol Bay fishery. However, I recently heard that the mining companies are trying to stage a comeback. Check the web for more info.

Posted by Laura Stec, a resident of Portola Valley,
on Aug 3, 2017 at 7:57 am

the-punnisher, I remember you! Thanks for adding to the story

Posted by Gale Johnson, a resident of Adobe-Meadow,
on Aug 4, 2017 at 1:08 pm

I've never been to Roberts Market. I do know that based on their price for salmon, I have $540 worth of locally caught wild king salmon in my freezer. And I've given away over a thousand dollars of salmon to friends, neighbors, and relatives...fresh fish that I cut up and gave away before it had to be frozen. The local commercial season is now open so the salmon available in markets doesn't have to come from Alaska or Washington. I've been going fishing on the Salty Lady, a recreational party boat out of Sausalito, for 5 years. Great captain and deckhands that make the experience easy and memorable. No guarantees of catching, however, but this year has been exceptional, with surprisingly good productive results, and I've caught 9 salmon so far, averaging about 9 lbs per fish. The dressed weight, trimmed and cut into steaks and fillets, would be about 60 lbs. 60lbsx$36/lb = $2160. My cost to go fishing on the Salty Lady so $130 per trip...times 7 trips, is $910. I'm way ahead and also had the pleasure of meeting new friends on the boat and enjoying a day out on the ocean and getting in some whale watching as well. What is a better way for an 80 year old widower to spend his time? Oh, I could go to Reno and gamble I suppose. lol!

Posted by Take Action, a resident of Mountain View,
on Aug 7, 2017 at 12:05 pm

@ the_punnisher: While I concede that radiation may be a bigger environmental threat, what are you recommending that we can do in our Bay Area community to minimize risk or reduce radiation levels?

Plastics in our oceans and waterways are something that virtually all of us are responsible for and can do something about. With our purchasing choices and disposable habits we create the demand for these objects and/or packaging. Single use water bottles, disposable utensils, individually packed snacks, they all seem convenient now, but our oceans & waterways and the animals that live there pay the price (and we do too eventually). Toting reusable water bottles or buying snacks in bulk and putting them in containers are all things we can do. Even a pre-schooler can pick up a piece of littered plastic and put it in the right receptacle.

After reading this article (thank you Laura), I too will worry about radiation coming from Japan, but I will take more responsibility for the things I purchase, reuse, recycle and discard and I hope you do too.

Posted by Beth, a resident of Menlo Park: Central Menlo Park,
on Aug 7, 2017 at 12:54 pm

Take Action - I'm with you. I use Japanese charcoal for purifying water in a large jug, then into smaller usable glass bottles - takes average of 2 minutes/day and tastes better.

Yes, we're killing off nature with our 'needs.' Streams, lakes, oceans are becoming unsurvivable for fish as pollution (pesticides, herbicides, animal waste and more) gets worse.

Give thought to what you do.

Posted by Dimple Gupta, a resident of Cuernavaca,
on Aug 19, 2017 at 2:43 am

Grateful to y

Posted by Anna Sanders, a resident of Duveneck School,
on Oct 18, 2017 at 6:14 pm

Anna Sanders is a registered user.

Raising the radiation levels in the ocean is extremely dangerous. I wish our current administration would look in to this more.

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