What you can do
Hazardous algal blooms are the result of excess nutrients, like phosphorus and nitrogen. These are commonly found in fertilizers used to increase crop yield. They wash off the land into the ocean, stimulating rapid and extensive growth of algae. The algae consume a lot of the surrounding water’s oxygen which harms deprives it from other organisms in the area. If left unchecked, areas where these algal blooms occur frequently can turn into oxygen dead zones, requiring mammoth efforts to increase the health of the environment. These impacts extend to fisheries relied upon by millions of people for food and income around the world.
Fertilizers contain the nutrients responsible for these algal blooms. Buying organic vegetables and avoiding produce which has been grown using damaging fertilizers can help restore and protect our ocean.
A safe ocean
where people are protected from ocean hazards.