What do marine ecosystems provide?
Marine ecosystems also provide other important services, associated with their regulatory and habitat functions, such as pollution control, storm protection, flood control, habitat for species, and shoreline stabilization.
How are humans helping the ocean?
Consider joining an organization that works to protect ocean habitats or volunteering at local beach cleanups. Support local restaurants, grocery stores, and businesses in your community that offer sustainable seafood and alternatives to single-use plastics.
What human activities affect aquatic ecosystems?
Anthropogenic activities such as “ deforestation,” “filling and construction of canals,” “dams,” “roads and bridges,” “agricultural,” and “industrial and domestic activities” result in contamination of aquatic environments.
What impact does human waste have on marine ecosystems?
Trash can travel throughout the world’s rivers and oceans, accumulating on beaches and within gyres. This debris harms physical habitats, transports chemical pollutants, threatens aquatic life, and interferes with human uses of river, marine and coastal environments.
Why species diversity is important for the health of marine ecosystem?
A high biodiversity, including species richness, may enhance ecosystem processes and promote long-term stability by buffering, or insuring, against environmental fluctuations (Yachi and Loreau, 1999; Loreau, 2000).