Posts tagged ‘Ted Danson’

July 3, 2011

Plastic Ocean

On the eve of our country’s birthday celebration it seems fitting to make my 100th post about the revolting mess of plastic floating in our oceans now called the “Great Pacific Garbage Patch”. I am a avid surfer and lover of the beaches around the world especially southern california beaches where I grew up. Over the years I have noticed many times floating plastic in the waters as I paddled around. Specially plastic that holds beer cans together. Look I don’t mind if you want to drink beer at the beach but throw your trash away! Plastic in the water is ingested by sea life and it kills them and as a source of food for we humans it becomes uneatable. Ok so here’s an article I’ve picked up to repost. People it’s up to us to stop all this. The next time you see some jerk tossing plastic garage on the beach or in the water “school the fool” let them know this is unacceptable!

Fish in the North Pacific ingest plastic at a rate of roughly 12,000- to 24,000 tons per year, according to researchers from the Scripps Environmental Accumulation of Plastic Expedition (SEAPLEX).

That’s news that should give all of us a bellyache.

Peter Davison and Rebecca Asch, two graduate students from SEAPLEX, traveled more than more than 1,000 miles west of California to the eastern sector of the North Pacific Subtropical Gyre on the Scripps research vessel New Horizon, says Science Daily. They collected numerous samples of fish specimens, water samples and marine debris at both surface level and thousands of feet below the surface.

Of the 141 fishes spanning 27 species dissected in the study, Davison and Asch found that 9.2 percent of the stomach contents of mid-water fishes contained plastic debris, primarily broken-down bits smaller than a human fingernail. The researchers say the majority of the stomach plastic pieces were so small their origin could not be determined.

“About nine percent of examined fishes contained plastic in their stomach. That is an underestimate of the true ingestion rate because a fish may regurgitate or pass a plastic item, or even die from eating it. We didn’t measure those rates, so our nine percent figure is too low by an unknown amount,” said Davison.

You can see photos of the SEAPLEX expedition via Flickr. To get an idea of what the plastic bits found in the fishes’ stomachs look like, here’s a photo of the hundreds of shards of plastic found in the stomach of a sea turtle off the coast of Argentina.

The study was published in Marine Ecology Progress Series.

The SEAPLEX team mostly studied lanternfish, who have luminescent tissue; they play a key role in the food chain as they connect plankton with higher levels. As Asch notes, “We have estimated the incidence at which plastic is entering the food chain and I think there are potential impacts, but what those impacts are will take more research.”

The SEAPLEX researchers were specifically focusing on plastic ingestion and studying such effects as the “toxicological impacts on fish and composition of the plastic” were not part of the study, but would certainly be areas of study to pursue, especially as far the effects of plastic pollution on both fish and the ocean. Who knows what the fish we sit down to eat have themselves ingested?

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October 14, 2010

Listen to Ted Danson

Ted Danson

Vote NO on Prop 23
Texas oil companies are trying to erase California’s progress in the fight against climate change. Help create millions of green jobs and stand up for California and the oceans’ future.

Act Now
We can’t let Texas oil companies make California – and our oceans – dirty.

Prop 23, funded by Texas oil companies Valero and Tesoro, will be up on November’s ballot. If it passes, California will be prohibited from making progress on its greenhouse gas emission goals until the state’s unemployment rate drops to 5.5% or less for one year. Something that has only occurred three times in almost four decades.

Pledge to vote NO on Prop 23 and keep California a leader in fighting climate change »

Prop 23 is a massive step backwards for California’s leadership in climate change. Not only will it prevent further progress on reducing greenhouse gas emissions, it will repeal and essentially erase all the climate change progress California has made since the state’s landmark 2006 law.

While these oil companies want you to believe climate change legislation hurts the economy, the truth is it will create millions of green jobs and help establish California as an economic leader in alternative energy.

Our oceans need clean energy. Dependence on dirty fossil fuels, like oil, is changing the oceans’ very chemistry. Emissions in the atmosphere are changing the chemical make up of our oceans, making them more acidic and severely affecting marine life like corals and shellfish. As part of sensitive and vast marine ecosystems, reefs are vitally important to the overall health of the oceans – and the planet.

I know I can count on you to support California’s efforts to reduce our state’s greenhouse gas emissions and work towards a sustainable future. Vote No on Prop 23 on November 2nd »

For the oceans,
Ted Danson
Actor, Activist, Board Member

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