Tuesday, June 08, 2021

World Oceans Day 2021

Tuesday, 8 June 2021, is celebrated as World Oceans Day.

This year’s theme is: The Ocean: Life and Livelihoods, which explores how human activity impacts on life underneath our oceans, and how this in turn impacts on the millions of people who use oceans to earn a living.

The United Nations estimates that by 2030, as many as 40 million people will be employed by ocean-based industries globally.

PICTURE: IMPOD


The Minister of Forestry, Fisheries and the Environment, Barbara Creecy, says marine litter, including plastic litter, has become a matter of increasing global and national concern as a source of marine pollution. The Department has therefore prioritised efforts to deal with the challenge of marine litter, through a ‘’Source-to-Sea programme’’.

“The Source-to-Sea programme involves multiple government departments, at national, provincial and local level, as well as the private sector and other stakeholders, working in priority catchment areas, and providing job opportunities through the Working for the Coast program,” said Minister Creecy.

Meanwhile, Green Connection activists, joined by small-scale fishers from Langebaan and Saldanha, protested in Big Bay on Tuesday against the Karpowership project, which uses underwater noise generated by gas-fired floating powerships on the environment and marine resources in Saldanha Bay.

‘’Small-scale fishers depend on healthy oceans and will be hugely impacted by this devastating environmental KARPOWERSHIPS Project. These power ships will also have a negative impact on the marine life they rely on for their livelihoods. These are just some of the reasons these communities say NO, TO KARPOWERSHIPSA!’’ said Maria Welcome, Green Coonection Communications Consultant.



Info: Green Connection


 

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