The Conservation Of Marine Conservation Essay

1536 Words May 25th, 2016 null Page
Despite their intentions, a majority of marine conservation acts passed by Congress have not been enforced properly or are ignored entirely. Some environmentalists argue that we as citizens are to blame because we are too busy with our personal lives to care about the environment—most of us don’t recycle, utilize alternative sources of energy, or think twice about the detrimental effects that our lifestyles and everyday habits have on the oceans, let alone any other ecosystem or even the Earth, for that matter. I hope to find that maybe we as citizens are slightly responsible, for the government has proposed and signed into law quite a few acts that have promoted the marine conservation movement. Marine conservation is a term used to describe the management strategies used to protect and preserve ecosystems of the oceans and seas, focusing on limiting anthropogenic damage to marine ecosystems and on restoring those that are damaged. Although the environmental movement really took off in the 1960s, the idea of marine conservation did not really come about until 1972 when Congress passed the Marine Protection, Research, and Sanctuaries Act (MPRSA), which allowed the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to regulate dumping in bodies of water, and the Marine Mammal Protection Act, which bans the harassment, feeding, hunting, capturing, colleting, and killing of any marine mammal except by indigenous peoples who rely on hunting them for survival. These acts served as catalysts…

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