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What does the ocean have to do with human health?

Our ocean and coasts affect us all! Our ocean and coasts affect us all—even those of us who don't live near the shoreline. Consider the economy. Through the fishing and boating industry, tourism and recreation, and ocean transport, one in six U.S. jobs is marine-related. Coastal and marine waters support over 28 million jobs. U.S. consumers spend over $55 billion annually for fishery products. Then there's travel and tourism. Our beaches are a top destination, attracting about 90 million people a year. Our coastal areas generate 85 percent of all U.S. tourism revenues. And let's not forget about the Great Lakes—these vast bodies of water supply more than 40 million people with drinking water. Our ocean, coasts, and Great Lakes serve other critical needs, too—needs that are harder to measure, but no less important—such as climate regulation, nutrient recycling, and maritime heritage. Last but not least, a healthy ocean and...
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What is the biggest source of pollution in the ocean?

When large tracts of land are plowed, the exposed soil can erode during rainstorms. Much of this runoff flows to the sea, carrying with it agricultural fertilizers and pesticides. Eighty percent of pollution to the marine environment comes from the land. One of the biggest sources is called nonpoint source pollution, which occurs as a result of runoff. Nonpoint source pollution includes many small sources, like septic tanks, cars, trucks, and boats, plus larger sources, such as farms, ranches, and forest areas. Millions of motor vehicle engines drop small amounts of oil each day onto roads and parking lots. Much of this, too, makes its way to the sea. Some water pollution actually starts as air pollution, which settles into waterways and oceans. Dirt can be a pollutant. Top soil or silt from fields or construction sites can run off into waterways, harming fish and wildlife habitats. Nonpoint...
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Belgian fishermen ready to battle for survival if UK ‘takes back’ its waters

Over the last year the decisions of the British public and, subsequently, the UK government have been observed with growing dismay by the people of Ostend. A slowdown in the number of Britons seeking a cheap bucket-and-spade holiday on the wide, soft-sanded beaches of the blowy North Sea resort ushered into administration the operator of the once popular Ramsgate to Ostend ferry four years ago, closing down the only direct link from the UK to the Flemish port. The Brexit vote last June, and the subsequent crash in the value of the pound, made it that bit more expensive for Brits who still wanted a break in Belgium. Staff at British Brands, a seafront souvenir shop that once did a brisk trade in flogging British-made goods to homesick tourists, admitted business had been slow recently. Ostend is increasingly becoming a resort for retired Belgians, drinking glasses of beer in the...
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Hong Kong activists demand end to shark fin soup

Diners at Maxim's Palace in Hong Kong on Saturday found their meal of dim sum unexpectedly accompanied by a side of protest. Dozens of activists donned bloody, finless shark costumes before dumping the hacked-off costume fins outside the restaurant's entrance and proceeding to flop around on the ground. Some also shouted "Maxim's stop selling shark fins" and waved signs reading "Support sharks, no shark fin." The protesters, many of them children, aimed to draw attention to the sale and consumption of shark fin soup that has contributed to the vulnerable or endangered status of various shark species.  Shark fin is a highly-prized food for many Chinese and is eaten at special events and banquets, with demand for the delicacy in Hong Kong among the highest in the world. Read: More than half of all shark species in Mediterranean at risk of extinction Shark fin soup is a status symbol throughout much of...
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193 nations urge action to protect oceans _ with US protest

Jun. 9, 2017   10:59 PM ET UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The 193 U.N. member nations issued an urgent call for action Friday to reverse the decline in the health and productivity of the world's oceans — with the United States backing the action plan but rejecting its support for the Paris agreement to tackle climate change. Gemunu Amarasinghe FILE - In this Aug. 13, 2015, file photo, a plastic bottle lies among other debris washed ashore on the Indian Ocean beach in Uswetakeiyawa, north of Colombo, Sri Lanka. The 193 U.N. member nations issued an urgent call for action Friday, June 9, 2017, to reverse the decline in the health and productivity of the world's oceans - with the United States backing the action plan but rejecting its support for the Paris agreement to tackle climate change. (AP Photo/Gemunu Amarasinghe, File) FILE - In this Aug. 13, 2015,...
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