The ocean, the greatest body of water in our planet, is house of the most diverse ecosystem in the world. As big and diverse as it is, we know very little about it, but what we do know is that it is extremely important to life because it forms part of the carbon cycle and it influences climate greatly.
At Fantastic II Charters, we believe information is the key to preserve our ocean and the incredibly diverse life that exists in it. We also believe that small actions can lead to huge positive changes, which is why as a sport fishing company in the Key Largo, we have the responsibility of taking the right actions to help preserve our marine ecosystem by offering responsible sport fishing trips in Key Largo and fishing only what’s in season and respecting all regulations, that way, we ensure a happy coexistence.
Here are some facts about our ocean that we find interesting, we hope you like them!
1. The ocean constitutes 90% of the habitable space on the planet.
2. As of today, 60% of the world’s major marine ecosystems are being used unsustainable.
3. Approximately 1% of the ocean is protected.
4. Ocean acidification threatens plankton, which is key to the survival of larger fish. Without fish, the food chain gets disturbed affecting food security, shoreline protection, biodiversity and economy.
5. Excessive nutrients from sewage outfalls contribute to the formation of areas known as dead zones, where most marine life cannot survive due to low oxygen, threatening coastal habitats.
6. Coral reefs are biodiversity hot spots, they act as the nurseries of the oceans. On some, there can be 1,000 species per square meter.
7. Phytoplankton provides 50% of the oxygen on earth.
8. There are close to 500 dead zones in the world.
9. Mangroves and similar coastal systems have the ability to absorb carbon 50 times faster than those of the same area of tropical forest.
10. Deep sea mining and deeper oil drilling increases the risk of areas that were previously not under threat.