Prevention of Marine Pollution

Credit: WWF/ Jan van de KamMarine wildlife is threatened by toxic industrial chemicals and agricultural pesticides which enter the sea from land-based sources via rivers and the atmosphere. This pollution is exacerbated by discharges of oil and chemicals from offshore platforms and merchant shipping. Of particular concern are endocrine disrupting chemicals that can mimic or interfere with the body's hormones. Grave distress signals from North-East Atlantic wildlife have been associated with man-made pollutants: reproductive failure and impairment of immune function in seals, the decline of harbour porpoises and bottlenose dolphins, diseased and hermaphroditic fish. Biodiversity cannot be conserved in a marine environment filled with harmful chemicals such as organohalogens, organotins and alkylphenols. WWF recommends phasing out the use of toxic, persistent and bioaccumulating substances and calls for the cessation of discharges, emissions and losses of hazardous substances by the year 2020.
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