Marine ecosystems are unique natural storage and absorbent of CO2. It is scientifically estimated that they consume a quarter of anthropogenically-produced emissions of carbon dioxide. We call it “Blue carbon”.
Pragmatic scientists estimate that a football pitch-sized area of seabed planted with seaweed called macroalgae capture and store of about 130 kg of CO2 per year. This is an average car emission per 1000 km of drive.
Marine ecosystems are being negligently destroyed all around the globe by dredging ports and marinas, deep sea cabling and drilling. Their destruction combined with marine pollution caused the acidification of the sea and a terrible loss of biodiversity.
Byzantine National Lifeboat Institution (BNLI) is launching a world-wide campaign called “Blue Carbon” to monitor the condition of the seabed, the level of blue carbon and alert the general public and policy makers.
The first target area is the East Mediterranean sea.
We call upon public support to mobilize survey vessels, scientists and equipment for the mission.
The results of the mission will be make public.
Get involved with us, project your personal call to protect oceans and have your voice meaningfully heard via BNLI!
The natural, the original system on our Planet is perfect. Do not touch it.
Altering seabed must be stopped immediately.
Ms. Ana Rosa Correa Izquierdo, Biologist, Enviromental Scientist, Ambassdor of BNLI, reports from Limassol (Cyprus):
It has been shown that anthropogenic action on the seabed such as constructions, cables, etc. all this is altering the seabed, plus environmental pollution of course, it is scientifically proven throughout the world, sadly the waters of the oceans have its temperature increased and this causes CO2 deposits to be released earlier, the oceans are acidifying, the worrying thing is that CO2 levels in the ocean are increasing at a much faster rate than expected.
It is scientifically proven that schools of fish in waters where CO2 concentrations are higher have developed a disease that affects the brain (disease called hypercapnia), this causes disorientation and loss of smell, if a fish loses its sense of smell, its survival abilities are greatly reduced because it will be more difficult to find food, and it will not recognize its congeners and will not be able to reproduce and will be an easy prey for any predator because it will not recognize its predators as it is intoxicated by CO2, without smell and without orientation. Therefore, if fish reproduce less and less and pollution continues to increase it is a serious problem and a terrible loss of biodiversity.
And it is not only the increase in CO2 in the oceans, it is also increasing the methane in the oceans, the temperature of the waters and the consequent acidification of the oceans, changes in pH, etc. that cause behavioral changes in fish and other fauna. In addition, coral reefs and marine plants (grasslands of the species Cymodosea nodosa), which are essential habitats for the survival of many marine species, are being destroyed. And marine plants are the spawning niche for the reproduction of many species but there are fewer and fewer.
So right now it is like a time bomb, and we cannot wait for species to adapt to high levels of CO2 or methane, we have to find solutions, stop polluting, practice sustainable fishing and be careful with the ocean.
Here in Limassol they have a beautiful sea but tourism has been given priority and they should take much more care of the sea. There are many hotels discharging their wastewater by direct outlet to the sea (without purifying the waters properly); oil tankers (all over the world) etc in many parts of the world and also fishing boats use chemical products, for example, to clean their ships and many times they are dumped into the sea, polluting chemicals, they throw everything into the sea and then want to live of fishing ... it's contradictory.
And the CO2 that would have to be released naturally and naturally into the ocean has been decompensated by atmospheric pollution (greenhouse effect) plus marine pollution of different types and discharges, there is an imbalance and hence oceanic CO2 leaks have increased so quickly, the balance has been upset by so much pollution and by not taking care of the sea as it deserves.
The natural, the original system is perfect on the Planet.