Watershed & Ocean Ecosystems POSTER

CREATED BY: Kelly Trang

5 ways that humans affect watershed and ocean ecosystem :

  1. littering
  2. overfishing
  3. Pollution
  4. Off-shore drilling
  5. Oil spills


Texas gives a fine of $500 up to $10,000 for littering

Littering things such as store or trash bags can suffocate seagulls and fishes causing them to die

Oil spills

The Oil Spill Law, enacted in 1977 provides that anyone who discharges petroleum without a permit - even a very small amount - is "strictly liable" (liable without regard to fault) for all cleanup and removal costs.

Spilled oil can harm living things because its chemical constituents are poisonous. This can affect organisms both from internal exposure to oil through ingestion or inhalation and from external exposure through skin and eye irritation.

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