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The Euphotic Zone

Human Interaction
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Do humans have an impact on the ocean?

      Do you like seafood? How about snorkeling or surfing? People everywhere heavily use the ocean for food, medicines, oil, other resources, and recreation. Demand for resources from the ocean is damaging ecosystems and depleting these resources. Around the world, unsustainable fishing practices, including the poisoning and dynamiting of coral reefs, catching unwanted fish, dragging nets on the sea floor, overfishing popular species, and fishing in critical reproductive areas are making the problem worse. Pollution is also harming the marine ecosystem. Pollutants, like fertilizers and household products put down the drain make their way through streams and rivers into estuaries, and eventually to the ocean where they badly disrupt the ecosystem and can cause harm to sea life. Oil spills are also a large source of pollution in the oceans. Many organizations and people are currently trying to help protect and clean our oceans.

There are many simple things that you can do to help protect the ocean. Recycling, and making sure that chemicals don’t go down your household drains is an easy way to start. Also, cut all of your 6 pack rings before you throw them away. This will keep sea creatures from getting caught in the plastic rings. Buy seafood that is sustainably harvested to make sure that more sea creatures don’t get hurt by fishing. Lastly, learn more about the ocean, with knowledge you will be able to help save our threatened oceans.

I might also include some information about my personal history: where I grew up, where I went to school, various places I've lived. If I have one, I'll include a picture of myself engaging in an activity I enjoy, such as a sport or hobby.

Backpacker taking a drink; Size=180 pixels wide
Taking a break from work

What a job!

I might describe my job in a little more detail here. I'll write about what I do, what I like best about it, and even some of the frustrations. (A job with frustrations? Hard to believe, huh?)

Favorites

Here's a list of some of my favorite movies:

Jules and Jim, Manhattan, Breaking the Waves

Here's a list of some of my favorite music:

Nirvana, Frank Sinatra, Ibrahim Ferrer