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Fishing for help with floods of tears and the bottle…

Icelandic Glacial bottled water

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This isn’t a plea from some whimpering booze drenched old soak feeling sorry for himself, it’s all about that basic which sustains our life… Water, too much of it or the apparent lack of it, seems to be a popular talking point of late… We’ve had news about horrendous flooding in Australia and the death toll in Brazil. Last year the news was full of the floods in Pakistan and other flooding right across the Asian sub-continent, but it isn’t a new area of interest.

The latter part of 2009 saw the Cumbrian deluge of almost biblical proportions a little nearer to home. The after effects of which were of so catastrophic that, communities in that part of the UK are still rebuilding their lives. As recently as yesterday the BBC news announced; Town residents in Cumbria are to erect a memorial to mark the impact of devastating floods which claimed the life of a police officer… (Read more).

I suppose the subject of water as a topical taking point, isn’t as strange as you would originally think… After all, it’s both a basic survival need for life itself and importantly to me, a venue for my recreational pursuits as a diver, angler and watersports enthusiast.

Water: it defines our planet. It’s the basic building block of all our oceans; filling our rivers, nourishing our forests, helping to grow our food. And while the planet is 72% water, only 2% is fresh – with even less of that drinkable. Even more remarkable? There’s no new water. What we drink today is the very same water the dinosaurs drank, the same water our great-grandchildren will someday drink.

The above paragraph comes courtesy of the Voyage of Plastiki which, along with other eco-ventures and charities, has brought home many of the issues currently impacting on our oceans. A predominant one is the tonnes of plastic waste floating around the planet. This was also touched on recently by Anna Raccoon who told readers; “free yourself from the bottle” whilst exploring the silly situation that is bottled water. Apparently, ‘experts’ say the recommended daily intake of water is ‘two litres’?

We are always told to drink lots of water. We are bombarded with these messages from TV/Radio health programmes, government health propaganda, and advertising from drinks companies. (Read more)

Our oceans are in need of some help. Around 90% of our fish stocks are over fished and some 100,000 seabirds and mammals are dying each year thanks to plastic pollution in our oceans.

  • In Britain we use about 275,000 tonnes of plastic bottles in our homes every year – that’s about 15 million bottles every day.
  • Americans use 2.5 million plastic bottles every HOUR.
  • Only 2.5% of plastic bottles are presently recycled in Europe.
  • 11%  of household waste is plastic, 40% of which if plastic bottles.

WaterAid: is an international non governmental organisation who’s mission is to transform lives by improving access to safe water, hygiene and sanitation in the world’s poorest communities.

Marine Conservation Society: The MCS has four campaigns to which you can add your voice right now. Marine protected areas are desperately needed to protect wildlife in UK seas – click here to help get marine reserves on the map.  We need government action now to turn the tide on marine litter – you can help by signing our petition. You can report pipes to help us raise a stink about the sewage problem. And, if you eat fish (see below also), you can find out what’s good to eat, and download a handy pocket guide to help here.

Hugh’s Fish Fight: Around half of the fish caught by fishermen in the North Sea are unnecessarily thrown back into the ocean dead. The problem is that in a mixed fishery where many different fish live together, fishermen cannot control the species that they catch. Fishing for one species often means catching another, and if people don’t want them or fishermen are not allowed to land them, the only option is to throw them overboard. The vast majority of these discarded fish will die.

…Water, water, everywhere, Nor any drop to drink…

(Samuel Taylor Coleridge The Rime of the Ancient Mariner)