Around the world, coastal waters are steadily growing darker and murky. Unchecked this has the potential to cause huge problems for our oceans and their inhabitants. The causes are being better understood; fertilizer and sewage run off, heavy rains washing soils and decaying vegetation into the seas, ocean warming causing vegetation to die. Day at Interspill 2022 on 23 June will cover in details.
This excellent introductory webinar presented by Dr Anne Deininger, Norwegian Institute for Water Research (NIVA) and Dr Emlyn Davies, Senior Scientist, Sintef explains what it is, how it is caused, the effect It has, how it is being monitored and measured and why we must all take a responsibility for addressing it. Coastal Darkening affects the building blocks of ocean life as it limits the growth of bacteria, phytoplankton and zooplankton on which marine life exists. All is not lost but we MUST start to control what flows into our oceans and protect them!
This is one of three topics that the Clean Seas Webinar Series will discuss. The next webinars are :
Marine Debris and Plastic Pollution – 1400hrs (BST) 24 May
Marine debris and plastic pollution is a growing threat to all ecosystems. Plastic pollution leakage into aquatic ecosystems has grown sharply in recent years and is projected to more than double by 2030, with dire consequences for human health, the global economy, biodiversity and the climate. We have the know-how, we need the political will and urgent action by governments to tackle the mounting crisis. This webinar will explain the scale of the problem, the forecast increase, what is being done by Governments and what consumers can do. The webinar will hear from responders, manufacturers, regulators and manufacturers with solutions to stem the tide!
Emerging Pollutants – 1400hrs (BST) 8 June
Emerging pollutants are any synthetic or naturally-occurring chemical or microorganism that is not commonly monitored or regulated in the environment with potentially known or suspected adverse ecological and human health effects. These contaminants include mainly chemicals found in pharmaceuticals, personal care products, pesticides, industrial and household products, metals, surfactants, industrial additives and solvents. Many of them are used and released continuously into the environment even in very low quantities and some may cause chronic toxicity, endocrine disruption in humans and aquatic wildlife and the development of bacterial pathogen resistance. There source may be coastal run off, releases from past waste disposal at sea, discharges from wrecks, release through extreme weather events. his webinar will explain the scale of the problem, what is being done by Governments and what consumers can do. The webinar will hear from scientists, academics, responders, manufacturers, regulators and suggest some solutions.
The Clean Seas Day at Interspill is on 23 June and will be a face-to-face discussion of these topics with the aim of producing an action plan of what can do now and what research we need to do to develop solutions for the future!
To attend Interspill please REGISTER to attend at: https://www.interspill.org/about-interspill/registration-information-interspill-2022/