For years man has discarded his
garbage and trash beneath the waters of the planet. It is easy to toss something
into the water and have it disappear from view. Out of sight, out of mind.
It sure beats digging a hole and burying it! This process is now coming back
to haunt us.
According to the
April 2000, Rodale's Scuba Diving
magazine, "In many regions, as much as 60% of
reef is at risk from human impacts, including overfishing, destructive fishing
practices, sedimentation, and pollution." The magazine included a
map of the Earth's reef locations according to World
Wildlife Fund and World Resources Institute:
Divers see the result of discarding waste. From dead
sealife, coral bleaching, and litter on the ocean floor evidence man is a
pig is reinforced. Many divers will not just pass over a plastic plate or
plastic bucket. They will pick it up to be discarded in a trash receptacle
after the dive. That is one of the best uses for a BC pocket!