agriculture and aquaculture
Water is crucial to every industry.
Oregon's agriculture industry represented $5.7 billion annual revenue in 2018. Oregon’s fishing industry is smaller than the agriculture industry, but is culturally significant. Some newspaper articles reported that Oregon’s oceans are entering a state of hypoxia and in turn greatly affecting the fishing industry. Hypoxia is the absence of oxygen in the water. The cause of hypoxia is the rapid growth of algae often referred to as algal blooms. Algal blooms occur when an excess of nutrients are available. These nutrients are often caused by pollutants entering water sources.
Sustaining healthy practices for farming and fishing go hand in hand. We should take crucial steps towards sustainability as this is the only Oregon we have. Should we not preserve it and reap the benefits this wonderful state has to offer for millennia to come?