Ivan MacFadyen's observations appear correct to me.
I had the pleasure of conversing with Ivan during breaks of work preparing our respective boats for this years Transpac race
. I found him remarkably frank and to the point with conversation.
There were several boats in the Transpac fleet that received damage due to debris in the ocean, The Trimaran
going for a world record
hit items not once but twice, large enough to cause extensive damage.
Most boats in the 2013 Transpac and 2012 Pacific Cup racing
fleets reported large quantities of "seen" debris and I saw way too much myself both races.
Can anyone on this board actually say with conviction that fishing
in any capacity within the ocean is better today than when you were a child or much, much younger? I for one can attest to the dwindling fishing
results as OVERFISHING "IS" taking its toll on the oceans of the earth.
I will say the Ocean is GIANT, there are fish
, just not in the abundant readily available fisheries that once existed. Bring in the reality of science and observation that large quantities of debris is and continues to wash-up on beaches and atolls throughout the globe at alarming amounts, people need to WAKE-UP and realize their behaviors are and will continue to effect the worlds oceans.
I am truly saddened by these harsh realities and knowing there is no way to escape the human toll being created, does tenure my desire to get out there and see the destruction for myself on these relatively hmm unspoiled beaches, really, WHERE?
When friends send pictures back from atolls in the south pacific ocean
where no human actually lives and the beaches are covered with plastics and other debris, should be a red flag to the humans causing this trash induced tragedy.
I would say that Ivan's article only was to publicly raise his hand and let others know what he saw out there. Based upon my personal conversations with him I found him to be honest and forthright with his opinion, not tending to fluff his existence. Again, this was during preparations for racing
in the prestigious Transpac race
with all the pomp and circumstance going on at the starting line for the race. He seemed very modest to me and not one to puff his own feathers.
We do need to be ambassadors of the ocean, if not us in the cruising world, then who? We are the only ones actually getting out on the water
and seeing the destruction of the ocean life for ourselves.
OK, rant over!