Fish&Meat Introduction to Plastic Oceans

Posted on April 9th, 2015 in Uncategorized and tagged

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Sea Cleaner

Pollution is a topic we are hearing about more and more frequently, as the need to look after our planet has become greater than ever before. Ocean pollution in particular is a huge problem. This issue is something the team and I at Fish & Meat are extremely passionate about, which is why we support the Plastic Oceans Association. Did you know that approximately 80 per cent of marine litter originates on land? This is a startling statistic and worryingly most of this litter is plastic, which has an extremely negative effect on our environment. Marine life, such as sea turtles, whales and seabirds, are dying because of this pollution. From starvation, to intestinal blockage, to choking, the reasons vary yet the results are all as equally horrifying.

This type of pollution is something we do not often give a lot of consideration to, as we don’t feel it has an impact on our life. However, it does. We’re actually putting our own health at risk. Not only this, but it is a huge cost to local governments and taxpayers who have to pay for the pollution to be cleaned.

Undoubtedly one of the worst places for ocean pollution is the Great Pacific Garbage Patch. This is a huge floating area of oceanic trash that is actually thought to be double the size of Texas. In truth, it is impossible to estimate the exact size of this area, since the gyres are in a continual state of movement. A gyre occurs through the accumulation of floating plastic debris that is the result of the action of currents and winds. Wave action and photo degradation results in the plastic breaking down into smaller pieces. It is believed that in every square kilometre of ocean there is between 13,000 to 18,000 pieces of plastic floating in the Great Pacific Garbage Patch.

So, what could be the solution to the problem of plastic oceans? Undoubtedly everyone needs to take responsibility. If you enjoy eating the best seafood in Hong Kong, you should try to support the various projects that are in place to tackle this issue.

There is a three-step process suggested by The Ocean Clean up that can help to resolve this issue. It starts with extraction, then prevention and finally interception. In order to tackle the problem we must extract the plastic. Floating barriers should be used in order to catch then concentrate the debris. Once the extraction process is complete we then need to prevent plastic pollution from occurring again. This is no easy challenge, but with increasing education and raising awareness it’s possible. Finally, to stop the influx of new plastics into the ocean, The Ocean Cleanup have developed spin-offs of their passive collection technology. They plan to implement this into waterways and river deltas.

At Fish and Meat we are passionate about looking after our planet. We follow a ‘nose to tail’ philosophy. This relates to not merely eating prized cuts, but instead consuming every part of an animal. We also donate 10$ of selected dishes to the Plastic Oceans Association. Not only are we concerned about offering delicious seafood, but we are conscious regarding where it comes from as well.

Author – Malcolm Wood – Maximal Food Director

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