The Challenge

The shore near Wajima is rugged and the sea looks clean.  But is it?
The Challenge—Ocean Rescue
Mankind's current ignoble attitude toward the oceans, our scandalous waste of resources and poor efforts to recycle materials properly may well be our downfall.

Far too many product wrappers, for example, bear the tag “Not currently recyclable.”  So why is their use allowed?  

Coupled with such concerns, the horrifying increase in poaching and the rise in the number of animals and other creatures as well as plants on the endangered list is also very worrying.  The abuse of our plant and all that abide on it should not and cannot be tolerated any longer.

It is difficult not to get angry about such subjects.  What is really needed is a clear, focused holistic approach that is coordinated on a global scale.

What does this have to do with the Noto Peninsula?

During the day the fishing harbour is crowded with boats.
As the peninsula’s main city, Wajima is one of the many communities along the Japan Sea coast with a thriving fishing harbour.

There is no denying that the seas around Japan are bountiful.  And there can be few countries as dependant as Japan is on the harvesting of the riches of the oceans both deep and distant as well as shallow and near.  But the situation is probably changing much faster than we are aware.

No doubt very tasty but how much plastic have these beautiful fish inadvertently consumed?
Plastic is everywhere.  But one place it should not be is in the oceans and seas of the world.  Microbeads of plastic are finding their way into the marine life we eat and there are now a considerable number of beaches around the world that only consist of large and small pieces of plastic.  Even plastic fibres from clothing are now being cited as polluting the sea.

Expanded polystyrene trays—light and good for keeping a catch cool.  But it is difficult to recycle.  I wonder if the blue wrapper is recycled?
Plastic of course is not the only material endangering our oceans.  Chemicals and so much more is finding its way into the oceans of our Blue Planet.

We cannot and must not shrink from the challenge.

An attractive assemblage but what damage is it doing?
For more information on plastic in the oceans go to Sky Ocean Rescue:

And Greenpeace:

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