CLEANING UP PLASTIC WASTE, PROTECTING CORAL REEFS TO PROTECT THE OCEAN

The world has more than 275 million people whose lives depend on coral reefs. Several industries that depend on coral reefs include food, tourism and culture… However, most coral reefs are threatened by plastic waste.

According to statistics, up to 11 billion plastic items have been found on a third of coral reefs in the Asia-Pacific region. This number is predicted to grow to more than 15 billion by 2025.

The impact of plastic waste on marine ecosystems is increasingly evident. With plastic, there will be a 20-fold increase in the risk of disease outbreaks on coral reefs. When coral reefs are destroyed, it will lead to a series of consequences, especially will loss of the habitat of fish species.

Divers in the Philippines have made efforts to clean up the reef through regular campaigns to highlight their impact on the environment. About 10 divers have been working to clear debris from coral reefs and beaches near Bantaga, a popular scuba diving destination south of Manila.

What do you think about this action of divers in the Philippines? Share with us in the comments below!

Source: Bao Moi

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