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Ocean belongs to them, we are simply encroachers
Although the mankind loses no breath to talk about the importance of ocean, it took 16 long years for the United Nations to accept the suggestion of Canada and Rio-1992 congregation to officially declare 8th June as the World Ocean Day during the Earth-2008 summit. This day gives an opportunity to the people to learn more about the ocean and how to take action to help conserve it. No country will be more interested than India, which is surrounded by water-bodies from three sides to commit to sustainable upkeep of the ocean.
Covering a wide range of issues that are vital to the support for a healthy ocean, Dr. Mahesh D Zingde, former director of the Goa based CSIR-National Institute of Oceanography (CSIR-NIO), in an eloquent manner identified global and regional causes of various stresses that ocean is impounded every day. Dr Zingde was speaking on- "Impact of human induced alteration on marine ecology of India" at a function organized by Sethu- the student forum of the CSIR-NIO to celebrate the world Ocean Day at Cardium, Dona Paula yesterday. Drawing the major global concerns that includes- destruction of near-shore habitats, eutrophication and associated anoxia, harmful algal blooms, exploitation of coastal mineral resources, modification to hydrological cycles, transfer of alien species, marine debris (plastics, wood, etc), classical contaminants and climate change and sea level rise- Dr Zingde lamented inadequacy in enforcement of laws to save the ocean for vested reasons. It is better to stop experimenting on ocean.
A host of programs (quiz, oral & poster presentations, art out of waste, photography, group discussions, treasure hunt and cultural programs) were organized by Sethu during the day to renew the commitment of the scientific community to continue work for the betterment of ocean and for its optimum use. Students and researchers from NCAOR and Goa University also took part.
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