Marine life is seriously threatened and should there not be a deliberate action taken to curtail the indiscriminate disposal of plastic wastes and other materials in water bodies including the sea, our fishermen would surely come out after hours and days of fishing with nothing!
The realities cannot be discounted in any extent that the aftermath of the dead dolphins and other fishes that were washed ashore some weeks ago at our coastal lines, is an indication that human activities are threatening marine life.
(Image) Fisherman picking up tiny fishes from plastic debris.
A video posted on Facebook by former News Broadcaster at Ghana Broadcasting Corporation (GBC) Kodwo Jonas Anson Boateng tells of the rather sad mood these fishermen had with their catch. The local fishermen had just drawn their fishing nets from the sea hoping to have a bumper catch due to the weight they felt as they pulled the net to shore.
They simply were dismayed at the site of the volume of plastic waste they had just hauled to shore instead of fishes. The fish that were caught were just less of two basins and they weren't even big enough.
This could be the begining of worse times for fishermen, not only in Ghana but across the globe.
The International Union of Conservation for Nature (IUCN) reports that marine life is endangered due to plastic pollution. An analysis of data collected indicated that plastic wastes constitute 80 percent of marine debris from surface waters to deep-sea sediments.
In view of which the UN and other development partners had for years been aggressively campaigning for responsive use of plastic materials, whiles they research in safer degradable and recycling if these materials.
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