3. Black Tides
Ecological disasters caused by black tides are unfortunately too well known for us to dwell on them here for a long time. Beaches and their ecosystem are in fact also victims of this.
4. Sewage water
Even now, a number of countries continue to discharge their sewage water directly into the sea. This polluted water is produced by industry, human needs (toilets, hygiene, etc.) and all types of activities (Agriculture discharges, etc.); they prevent or should prevent swimming on numerous beaches throughout the world, because the health of people is also at risk.
In short :
Degradation and pollution affecting beaches have an immediately noticeable aesthetic impact, but by far not the most serious, as human beings and fauna and flora are also in danger.
Assisted by courageous and remarkably enthusiastic volunteers, numerous associations have devoted themselves to fighting for the protection of beaches, but they lack resources.
It is important for each and every one of us to lead public awareness campaigns by carrying out simple eco-friendly gestures and using our good sense, we can be involved in protecting the coast and thus the marine environment.
Let us never forget that the sea covers more than 70% of the surface of our planet and that the state of its health depends on us…
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Beaches are fantastic places that are often associated with holidays. What a pleasure to find sand or clean pebbles, a clear sea and marine life intact...
Unfortunately, this is no longer always possible, because human activities have polluted the seaside in many ways.
Maritime transport, industry, tourism, all types of discharges, the list is endless!
Let’s look at 4 examples of dangers that beaches must be protected from:
Certain tourists are at fault, they do not respect the environment, acting as if it is not their responsibility… They leave bottles, cans, bags, plastic, paper, cigarette butts, etc on the beach, and other types of waste which are even more dangerous for certain individuals, such as syringes!
But tourism can also degrade beaches by turning them to concrete; this is a picture of too many coasts disfigured by frenzied urbanisation, often linked to a lack of facilities for the treatment of waste water, which is simply discharged into the sea and returns to contaminate the beaches (See point 4).
The good news is that increasingly sector professionals understand that even the future of their industry depends on their respect for the environment and the implementation of true ecotourism.
2. Maritime transport
We often hear of degasification, which is actually an incorrect expression, because it in fact consists of de-sludging. For example, it comes from super-tankers which drain their cisterns in the open sea, it can also come from pleasure or fishing boats which discharge their used oil.
These pollutants land up reaching the beaches, causing serious and frequent contamination.