Sunday, June 09 2013 @ 06:34 PM UTC
Contributed by: Anonymous
Since 2009, the General Assembly of the United Nations commemorates June 8th as the World Ocean Day.
In this framework, Pinzón urged the public to take care of the sea and not to throw objects like plastic because marine species think they can feed on it and ingest it as if it were food, causing death.
She added, people should be responsible consumers and not eat baby fish. She also said it is important when you go to the supermarket, to use reusable bags, to recycle and prevent waste cartridges.
According to Pinzón, it is advisable to not consume endangered species. In Panama some endangered marine species are the Cambombia, hammer fish and the Goliath grouper fish.
Similarly, the director of MarViva recommended not to buy species protected by law, such as sea turtles, billfish, whale sharks, the cambute and sea cucumbers.
According to Pinzón, the sea in Panama was fairly clean, however, she addressed the issue of illegal fishing, claiming it should be avoided entirely. 'The penalties for this practice are $ 1,500 for disrespecting the laws which prohibit these acts' she said.
According to statistics from the organization of Ocean Conservancy, the objects which invade the sea most are cigarette butts (2.1 million kilos), food wrappers (1.1 million kilos), and plastic bottles (1 million kilos). (Siglo)