Little Ray thought his world quite bland.
The same old water, the same old sand.
He watched birds take off and fly
And thought to himself, why can't I?
(“The Amazing Flight of Little Ray”)
There will be no fishing, due to water pollution and plastic pollutants that do not dissolve in water, unless the Clean Water Act is enforced and spread throughout the world.
Mama Ray and Little Ray are resting, but their minds are distracted by the water pollution that is threatening their lives. If you catch them on your hook, please release them. They are family members. If you eat them, the pollution within them may end up inside you. As toxins move up the food chain, they concentrate, with the highest levels of contamination rising to the top. For this reason, there should be no fishing. People are not immune from the side effects of contaminated food.
Mama Ray and Little Ray want everyone for generations to enjoy the beauty, the health and the diversity of life in the ocean. Every marine animal is affected by water pollution. Fish breathe oxygen, which is made less available to them when the water is dirty. The biggest place on earth is contaminated to such an extent that the entire ecosystem is threatened. Hope for reversal of these threatening conditions resides in enforcement and expansion of the Clean Water Act.
Water pollution that degrades and dissolves does not totally disappear. Instead, it is creating huge dead zones in our oceans and along our shorelines. Where there are no fish, there can be no fishing. Man-made chemicals do not have to be ugly to be deadly. Radioactive waste may have a lovely glow, but it is not good for the ocean or for ocean life. Like any other water pollutant, radioactive waste travels along water currents, gets deposited on the ocean floor and climbs the food chain.
Toxic waste and sewage are dumped into the water from vessels, oil rigs and offshore construction sites. These deliberate sources of water pollution combine with chemical runoff from agriculture, industry, home septic tanks, lawns and storm drains to destroy the biochemistry, growth, behavior and survival of marine life. The future of the ocean will be endangered, unless the Clean Water Act is enforced and spread throughout the world.