Hyderabad: To show how humans through plastic waste have pushed marine species into a graveyard, a group of paddlers from Jellyfish Watersports with environmentalist Aakash Ranison  and Green Beach Mission by the District Administrationok Kozhikode, set-up a one-use plastic marine cemetery at Beypore beach in Kozhikode. The cemetery will be open for display at 5pm on the occasion of Wildlife Conversation Day, Wednesday.

For the past three months more than 100 paddlers waded through 68kms and collected 2000 plastic bottles from Chaliyar River. These have been used to create the marine cemetery, said a Jellyfish Watersports spokesperson. Beypore beach is where the Chaliyar River meets the sea.

Aakash Ranison says, “Like air is important for humans, water is important for fish. Unfortunately we have polluted it so much that marine life is inflicted with various diseases.”

Akash Soni

The cemetery is paying respect to nine critically-endangered marine species, including Miss Kerala (Sahyadria denisonii).

“Post-floods, while we were kayaking in the Chaliyar River, it was horrifying to see the volume of plastic in the surrounding areas. We are digging graves for these marine species. We have used and abused single-use plastic, creating havoc in our water bodies as a result of which marine life is being pushed rapidly towards mass extinction. So we thought of showing to people what they are doing” says Kaushiq Kodithodi, founder of Jellyfish Watersports.

Marine Cemetery

According to (International Union for Conversation of Nature) IUCN around 8 million tonnes of plastic waste ends up in ocean every year and 80 percent of the debris in sea is plastic waste.

Aakash Ranison told NewsMeter “A whale fish, in its lifetime stores around 33 tonnes of Carbon di-oxide while a tree contributes only three percent of carbon absorption. It is important that we protect such marine life.”

The fish cemetery will stay for a minimum period of three months.

Aiswarya Sriram

Aiswarya Sriram is a budding multimedia journalist and is currently working for NewsMeter. A graduate from Indian Institute of Journalism and New Media (IIJNM) Bangalore, Aiswarya has earlier worked with The Logical Indian and has interned with Republic TV. Aiswarya, a Tamilian who was born and brought up in Mumbai, loves to do rural reporting. She has visited Byadgi Taluk of Karnataka, to write about the issues faced by chilli factory workers there, earlier in 2019. A craft enthusiast, Aiswarya also does quilling, painting and glass work. On her off-days, she loves to read crime-thrillers and watch anime. She primarily reports on civic issues, GHMC, human-interesting features, and fact-checking video stories.

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