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Coast areas in danger
Almost 40% of the world’s population live in the coastal regions. These cover approximately 7.6 % of the world’s total surface. Therefore pressure on these regions is high. Heavy metals (eg. lead, copper, mercury) and POPs (Persistent Organic Pollutants) are toxic compounds which are difficult to degrade, and concentrate in the fatty tissues of various organisms. These toxic products are transferred to the next generation by mother’s milk and diets, and will increase in concentration. The results include fertility problems, impeded development, weakened immune system and cancer. And man – as a top predator - is found at the end of the food chain!
The final results of man’s violent encroachment on the ocean ecosystems first became obvious after several decades! Contamination problems are not immediately evident.
PCB-loading (polychlorinated biphenyls - organic environmental toxicants)
No inflow of toxic chemicals
No inflow of untreated waste water
Adherence to the Marine Pollution Convention (MARPOL)
Encouragement of the introduction of the chemicals guidelines REACH (Registration, Evaluation and Authorisation of Chemicals)
Address local authorities if untreated waste water or toxicants are introduced into natural waters.

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