the sweet stuff

by ZihuaRob ⌂ @, Zihuatanejo, México, Thursday, November 01, 2018, 16:01 (318 days ago) @ Casa Juan

at the end of the day there is more plastic and other detrius in the Bay than could possibly float in from the ocean. The Bay is still a garbage dump for Zihua and will remain so until the wastewater and storm water situation is given a serious fix involving lots of pesos. I know that this is not what the tourism folks want to talk/hear about but its not going away as long as the seasonal rains fall.

Yeah, you’ve apparently confused me for one of those “tourism folks”.

I don’t have any scientific data. I was born on the banks of the Ohio River. At the age of 3 two neighbor kids and I decided to take our innertubes out to Twelvemile Island. Needless to say, we rather quickly found ourselves heading for The Falls. I grew up in the Caribbean and the Gulf of Mexico and here. Right before I moved here beaches around the world were not just seeing the normal flotsam but incredible quantities of plastic including syringes. Turned out the source of the latter was cruise ships and military vessels, and to a degree that problem has been attended to. We certainly don’t see anything close to the number of syringes on the beaches anymore.

We had very little rain this year. The last one was a minor deluge but certainly enough to wash a lot of plastic into the bay as happens in most modern coastal and waterfront communities around the world. Each of the places I’ve lived has suffered some form of marine degradation. Zihuatanejo has fared the best. The ocean area of the Caribbean I’m familiar with suffered immensely from natural and human factors including hurricanes, bleaching and lion fish. Both the Gold and Sun Coasts as well as Big Bend, the Panhandle, Lake Okeechobe and the Caloosahatchee River of Florida have been devastated by red tides that now last years at a time, blue-green algae and hurricanes. The degradation to Zihuatanejo’s coast in that same timeframe is minimal in comparison. The sickest I ever got from the ocean was the Caribbean. Christiansted Harbor. Terrible double ear infection.

I doubt we’ll ever see the ocean as beautiful as it was during my youth. Time to enjoy what we have left while we can. :vacation:

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