World-wide studies have shown the devastating effect of plastic pollution on marine wildlife populations. A 1997 study summarized by the Clean Water Action details how plastic pollution affects 267 species world-wide, 43% of which are marine mammal species, which include dolphins and whales.
Last March 16, 2017 we had a successful EcoTalk with Dr. Louella Dolar, one of the country’s marine mammal expert. She talked about marine mammal biodiversity in Southeast Asia and the threats they face, including climate change.
Contrary to what Dumanjug mayor Nelson Garcia said during the recently held Tañon Strait forum, whale sharks and dolphins are not pests but in fact, they are the fisherfolk community’s best friends. They help ensure that local fishermen continue to have a bountiful catch by making Tañon Strait and the marine ecosystem healthy, enabling more fish and species of marine wildlife to thrive.
“Garbage, especially plastic, is destroying the livelihood of thousands of fisherfolk living in the coastal communities of Mega Manila. Meanwhile, reclamation, which is an irreversible project, poses a greater threat to the lives of these residents. Failure to restore Manila Bay, and the aggressive push for reclamation, would mean more misery and even death for the country’s poorest sector.”