A large percentage of the transport of cargo and fuel around the world is accomplished by large container ships and oil tankers. Although entirely necessary for the efficient functioning of the world's economy, these transport activities are also a source of oil pollution, marine debris, invasive species and other problems. Our colleagues at Surfrider Europe have made a great video that explores these issues.
This article is part of a series on Clean Water which looks at various threats to the water quality of our oceans, and the negative impacts polluted waters can have on the environment and human health.
For information about laws, policies, programs and conditions impacting water quality in a specific state, please visit Surfrider's State of the Beach report to find the State Report for that state, and click on the "Water Quality" indicator link.
This article is part of a series on the Ocean Ecosystem looking at the various species of plants and animals which depend on a healthy coast and ocean environment, and the threats that can be posed to them by human activity
For information about laws, policies and conditions impacting the beach ecology of a specific state, please visit Surfrider's State of the Beach report to find the State Report for that state, and click on the "Beach Ecology" indicator link.